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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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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I believe my school has very hardworking students who know how to party on the weekends.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: The process was a hassle, but I received the financial aid I needed.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There are a lot of activities and clubs that everybody can join. Penn State is a large campus full of several people of diverse cultures. You meet new people everyday. People are very respectful to each other and highly encouraging and spirited. Apartments, stores and other convenient areas are located all around campus at a near distance which makes life easier for students. Penn State is a great college and I would not want to be anywhere else.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State is a large campus full of several people of diverse cultures. You meet new people everyday. People are very respectful to each other and highly encouraging and spirited. Apartments, stores and other convenient areas are located all around campus at a near distance which makes life easier for students. Penn State is a great college and I would not want to be anywhere else.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek students contribute to a lot of good to our college and I respect them all very much.

3 College Junior

Parking: I do not drive therefore do not need to go through the trouble finding a parking spot, but coming from a large school I can see how hard it can be to find a parking spot.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in the College of Liberal Arts and studying Psychology (neuroscience option). The required classes are reasonable and I enjoy them very much.

5 College Junior

Academics: Every professor and class I have taken at Penn State has been insightful and has changed me in some way.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There is a variety of sport opportunities on campus. The athletes are all hard working. I come from an extremely spirited college and everybody supports and cheers on the teams that represent us. Almost everybody has a chance to join and/or participate in sports activities and it is highly encouraged.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: World Campus is great for online classes.

College Junior

Diversity: I live at home, taking online courses.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I take courses online and live far away from any campus. However, PSU would be my choice IF I was to live on campus. Nothing but outstanding reviews.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt threaten on campus.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: For the most part its great, you meet all kinds of people.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: You can sign up to work with people doing studies.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Their is something for everyone.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The discounts are the best.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: While I definitely recommend having a laptop for your own personal use and to use in class, it is not completely necessary as there are plenty of computer labs, several of which are open 24/7. You definitely do not need to buy a printer unless you think you will be too lazy to go to the labs. Students get 100 sheets of paper to print each semester before they are charged for printing. How many sheets you will need varies based on your class, but I personally do not think I will need all 100 sheets and don't know anyone who has gone over the limit. There is free Wifi most places on campus except for the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to drink or do drugs on campus, you can. While it is impossible to get into bars with a fake ID, if you are underage there is always a frat or party going on. Many students have connections and keep alcohol in their rooms as well, so even if you have no one to buy your own off of, you can make friends with someone who does. I see plenty of people smoking pot, taking pills and snorting coke. Pot is definitely the most popular. However, I have never felt pressured or see anyone be pressured into drinking/drugs if they do not want to.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat on campus. There is a pretty big variety of food options in the four different dining halls as well as various chain restaurants such as Au Bon Pain, Panda Express and Starbucks. Plus off campus there are plenty of different restaurants and most except Lion Cash (your meal plan points). You can very easily gain the freshman 15 here!

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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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

1 person found this useful Report
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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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