University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: our school dished out 1/4 million dollars to close the bars on our drinking holiday St Pattys day. It tries to work well with the community and allow to students to have fun and release some stress at the same time.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Penn State is party school, everyone knows that but most students balance that pretty well with a respect for our school and community on the weekends

4 College Junior

Transportation: the CATA bus service runs all the time and is extremely helpful in getting around a big campus

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Frat houses are off campus mostly and the sorority dorms are pretty nice. Most people are indifferent about the greeks and i have no interest in that lifestyle

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4 College Junior

Majors: At Penn State you can not declare your major until you are a sophomore in your second semester. The requirements and entrance to major requirements are pretty tough but that is why penn state is such a great school.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love my school. It is much different from other universities because there is a feeling of family in our programs from other students to the professors. We have certain classes that could be revamped but overall it is a great crim program

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a very safe campus in my opinion and I have never really felt threaten. The Health services are pretty good and the University Ambulance service works well to help out in emergency situations better than most colleges

4 College Junior

Diversity: It's a very open LGBT campus and very diverse. It allows a lot of different unique opportunities to meet so many people from different areas around the globe

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I always enjoy the weather on campus

5 College Sophomore

Academics: the academics is top notch and excellent professors.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoy the campus life.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: the diversity is great on campus, lots of people from different walks of life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I understand the rules are for the safety of the student

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: the athletics are quite good however the attendence very low from the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the closeness and variety dining area around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the campus is well lit and I see campus police patrolling.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in the Greek life, however, it is very big and they make their presence know.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I would expect more variety in off campus facilites and more information and knowledge from the representative. In addition, further assistance foreign students.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life revolves around parties that's it.

4 College Senior

Diversity: You can find any riper of person on this campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: It's tough to get around since we are located in a rural community and not as much mass transit is offered.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bars do not allow underage students into bars.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus, there are people of many different ethnicities in all of my classes

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not very popular. and drinking isn't always encouraged

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a good number of minorities here, although most students are white kids from the East Coast.

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James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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Despite common reservations about the location and climate, most Penn State students are fiercely loyal to their alma mater. Penn State boasts one of the largest alumni populations in the United States; graduates are proud of their degrees, and employers recognize the University’s name immediately. Although the campus is located in a very rural area, school is technologically up-to-date and on the cutting-edge of current research.

Aside from academics, PSU is also known for its social scene, especially in relation to sports and parties. Nittany Lion football—home of the 2008 Big Ten Champions—is a national draw and a point of pride for both the University and the town of State College. For anyone interested in playing or watching varsity sports, PSU is a top choice. Penn State has also been ranked highly by many polls and “party school” surveys as one of the top party schools in the nation. While it certainly isn’t the wildest town, these rankings are definitely accurate. The small-town setting and large-school atmosphere makes for little else in the way of entertainment, so it can be hard to avoid encountering the party scene during your time as a student. Still, the mix of work and leisure seems to work well for most of the student body, and academic standards at Penn State remain relatively high. It’s easy to spend four years at Penn State as an ever-serious student, focused completely on whatever you choose to study. With so many opportunities to relax nearby, balance and moderation are some of the best skills to learn from your four years in college.

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