University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking here is available, but at a high cost.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict on things affecting the livelyhood of its students. Academic honesty is taken seriously, but class attendance is a more lenient thing.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town is mainly comprised of college students and alumnus. The atmosphere is, however, very spirited and exciting.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is never a time that I have felt in danger. Local police seems to be doing a decent job at not being overbearing.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The college is ever-changing and has amazing facilities and resources to offer.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Every day I am here I think about how enjoyable and enlivening my experience is. I would love to continue to study here for years to come.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a decent mix of dining options, but many are typical college food places. There are few, however, that are healthier alternatives to the typical college scene.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is about standard from other colleges. Most people who need aid can get it.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a wide array of personalities on campus but most are collegiate, athletic and moderately intelligent.

4 College Junior

Parking: There are many parking lots to accommodate the student population and are reasonably priced per year.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: All students show a very high level of school spirit as you can see campus buzzing on gamedays.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Enforcement is readily available and are there to protect students against drugs, alcohol abuse/use.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Because of the large student population, it is hard to not find a group to fit in to.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Good parking, typical average/below average quality places.

4 College Junior

Weather: It is pretty cold in the winter months but overall the weather is very temperate and seasonable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is average. There's not much variety among the food choices especially for vegetarians or kosher eaters.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather at Penn State is very unpredictable so many people dress for all types of weather. Being a commuter I sometimes run into problems while driving to class during bad weather conditions.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: In some ways, the campus is really strict but in other ways, they are very lenient. Many students get away with underage drinking, which is very frustrating.

2 College Junior

Parking: I am a commuter at Penn State and most days, parking is terrible. Last fall, I got into an accident at the commuter lot due to inadequate signs. The commuter lot is constantly being overbooked leaving us commuters to have to find another way to get to class.

4 College Junior

Computers: While there are a lot of computer labs around the campus, a lot of times they're all being used. At the labs, they have printers and each student is allotted 100 pieces of paper a semester. To print something in color, you use 3 sheets of your allotted paper supply. This always leads to a problem near the end of the semester when you run out of paper.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Huge but BEAUTIFUL campus. Best I have been to.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: PERFECT social and academic atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It is a HUGE part of campus and life.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Very strict, frequent online seminars for drug and alcohol abuse/use.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Penn State is one of the greatest places in the world and I would choose to come here over and over again.

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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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