Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a member of a minority myself, I've found that my school offers an impressively open environment, especially when considering its size. The campus is fairly diverse, and with a few rare exceptions most students (and nearly all professors) that I've encountered are at least tolerant (if not outwardly supportive) of differing backgrounds and beliefs and encourage others to do the same.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Definitely enough variety for everyone. The food is really good.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am under 21 so the apartment/ frat parties are all I ever experienced.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: CATA buses take you everywhere you need to go without any hassle.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most apartments are old, however, if you are willing to pay a little extra money, there are nice apartments available

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very convenient to live downtown which is right next to campus.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are on campus and off campus restaurants are at a walking distance. There is a lot of variety to chose from and the costs are reasonable.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most off campus apartments and housing are located at a walking distance from campus. There is a variety of apartments to chose from and prices are reasonable.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Penn State. It is an excellent college and it is located near my home which makes it convenient for me. The only problem is the tuition bills which in my opinion is too high and makes things difficult, but other than that it is all quite excellent.

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1 College Junior

Drug Safety: One bad thing about Penn State being so large, is that it is hard to keep track of everyone so practically anyone can be doing something illegal in terms of drugs or alcohol and there is a good chance they will not get caught.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties, bars and clubs are located at a walking distance from campus which is excellent. The buses run late into the night and taxi's are available 24/7. Officers are always near by and I always feel safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus living is pretty average compared to other schools.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The police try to be strict, but there are too many students to actually control it.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Apartments, restaurants, stores and other area attractions are located all around the campus (in and off campus) and a close distance, which makes it very convenient for students who do not own a car.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is very good and there are so many options.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking is the worst, and is extremely expensive. Students cannot even park on campus ever.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: My school is pretty much average, but is very strict with parking.

5 College Junior

Facilities: We have one of the prettiest and spacious campuses in the country with one of the biggest libraries.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There are so many different things to participate in at Penn State. I am on the Penn State Club Lacrosse team.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather fluctuates a lot which can be inconvenient for new students who do not expect such change.

5 College Junior

Majors: My school is very well rounded. There is a hard curriculum that prepares all students for their future careers, but still allows students to have fun.

College Junior

Majors: I will be student teaching for a full year next year. I am very excited and my program has an excellent reputation.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: People are encouraged to follow rules and regulations and consequences for not doing so are well understood. Obviously the system work well considering it is able to control a large amount of people.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing is very expensive, and students are almost forced off campus because they only guarantee housing your first year.

5 College Junior

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

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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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