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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is really nothing downtown but restaurants, bars and shops that sell primarily PSU gear. You have to take a bus to get to the nearest Walmart or mall, which does not have very many stores. Essentially the school is in the middle of nowhere. There is really very little to do on weekends aside from drink.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe on campus because there are always so many people present. I have walked alone at night from very far downtown to back to my dorm as well as all over campus and have never had a problem, and there has never been a lack of people no matter how late at night. However, I know there are a lot of sexual assaults and fights on campus, but as long as you stay smart and are always with a group when you are drinking, you will be generally ok.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You see the occasional cop during the day but you never feel unsafe

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: You don't need to be in greek life, but it is very common. There is very little-to- no bias of greeks from non-greeks and vice-versa.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am a freshman and almost done pledging a frat. From my experiences everyone drinks, at least on the weekends. There is not much pressure to drink and everyone I know drinks because they actually enjoy it.
The drug scene is often underplayed, but that just might be my personal experience. Everybody in my many friend-circles (at least) smokes pot. Most people I know smoke almost everyday and almost always combine drinking with smoking. I see noticeable amounts of other drugs such as molly, adderall, hallucinogens (acid) and uhh sometimes coke. There is NO pressure for using these drugs

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Being a public school, I think you basically get normal to above-average people in attractiveness and personality. There's lots of variety with it being a huge public school.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Great club/bar scene for those 21 and over. Its impossible to get into these if you are underage, but that is not a problem at all because frats, houses and apartments are always partying thurs-sat and sometimes on weekdays. There are certain "weeklongs" such as Homecoming Week where frats have parties and socials every. single. day. You'll never have a quiet night on the weekends unless you want to.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Classroom computer access is great and there are lots of labs, but dorm networking sucks. They are still working on getting wireless for dorms, so you need to use a LAN. Campus-wide wifi is not very reliable.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many options for living. Lots of great apartments with great neighbors, variety and all close to campus and town.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Mostly reliable; apps available; useful

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Strong enforcement; no one is left out

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's always something to do downtown!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Campus is huge so inconvenience is unavoidable

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty good; variety for ethnicity/special diets

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of opportunities presented to us for our use

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great resources & fairly easy to get answers

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Enough to keep things in check without dictating

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We are a beautiful population of students.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is accepted/welcomed here; very diverse

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit here is overwhelming; I love it.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Inconvenient something because of student numbers

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Penn State always has something for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Everything is amplified here in the valley.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Pollock my freshman year and it was close to all of my classes. Many freshmen live in East but that is so far away from classes. Pollock has so many freshmen living there and it a great time. A lot of the football players live in Pollock along with many other athletes. The dorms are very small but then what dorms aren't small? Everyone is so friendly and it is such a good experience to be with freshmen your freshman year.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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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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