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$28,746 ($16,444)
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5 College Freshman

Academics: As a student who was initially reluctant to come to Penn State, I originally came here because my program was ranked amongst the Ivy League schools as one of the best in the nation. Then, I decided to switch majors. And when I did, I found that that program is also one of the best around. Bottom line: Penn State has almost every major imaginable and not only do they have it, but it is probably ranked amongst the best in the nation. The alumni network is incredible for getting jobs. The courses are challenging regardless of your major because the university is preparing to be a well-rounded individual. You are going to have a few hours of work every night, but it doesn't seem like too much. You still have time to be involved elsewhere.

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Academics: Scheduling classes can be a nightmare if you wait until the last minute to plan it out. For your major you might have to take classes that seem irrelevant, but it is for the best. Penn State is noted as having a great engineering school, business school, teaching school, and basically every other school. Opportunities are constantly being presented to you if you want to take them, and most professors are willing to help you. Especially in math and sciences, a lot of foreign professors teach and it is difficult to understand them. But by utilizing teaching assistants (TAs) and study groups, this shouldn't inhibit your success.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The student union is fairly modern and always active. The gym in Rec Hall is gorgeous. Some classrooms are beautiful and modern, others are as old as the university itself. The library is great. Campus is huge and has many secret spaces to study if you can't concentrate in your room.

2 College Freshman

Parking: State College parking is ridiculously expensive. I don't have a car on-campus, but my sister has one off-campus and the cost is painful to her wallet. On-campus is even worse. Unless you live far away and your parents won't pick you up for breaks, don't bring a car. Everywhere is very accessible without one.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you parents make a decent living, forget about getting any money from here. It sucks, but that's the way it is.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Penn State is supposed to be a dry campus and they are doing their best to shed their image as a party school so if you're obnoxious and hammered in the dorms, your RA will probably write you up. Penn Staters are fiercely loyal and are very dedicated to our Honor Code. ("and may no act of ours bring shame...")

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Using your ID card, you have your meal points and LionCash attached. Meal points are used in the dining halls and in a lot of on-campus convenience stores/ dining options. LionCash is used for laundry and at a number of off-campus stores and restaurants. You put LionCash on your card using a credit card. The dining commons are standard college food. It's really great the first few weeks and then it gets very repetitive. It's not bad, and you can always find alternatives on-campus. The HUB (student union) has Panda Express, Sbarro, Starbucks, Burger King, etc. and they except meal points. But eating in the HUB everyday is more expensive and will drain your meal points.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: You aren't officially into your specific major program until you apply spring of your sophomore year. When you apply as an incoming freshman, you get into a specific college that your intended major is in. Then you must complete your entrance to major requirements before applying to be in your major.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am only a freshman, but professors constantly reiterate how accessible internships, especially in the business school. If you seek out the opportunities, you'll be happy to know they are well within your reach.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Penn State is notoriously a party school. If you don't drink, you can still go out and have a good time, but it's harder. As for drugs, they are noticeable, people do them, but unless you friends do them, you aren't pressured. If you do drink, you obviously have to keep yourself together otherwise you can get an underage if you're obnoxious in front of a cop.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs available and accessible, but it's difficult to find a student who doesn't have their own laptop.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winter isn't bad as long as you have clothing and boots for winter. Summer time is warmer with temps in 80's. Need to get window A/C. It is worth paying for a 10,000 BTU. Less use and easy on budget. Certain days it is partly cloudy so the wind is nice and cool.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Too many foreigners but hard to get to know anyone. They keep to their own group.

1 College Freshman

Parking: You are better off living near campus.Car is usually best if used for grocery shopping. Parking garage mostly used for games. No student parking in garage because it is full. Parking spot is too far from classes. I shouldn't have gotten a pass. I walk mostly instead of driving.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you got money to pay for quality restaurants then good for you otherwise burgers and pizza.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Isolated crimes outside of campus but limited to other counties. Students need to pay attention to surroundings which they do not.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: No one makes eye contact. Everyone has headphones on their ears. For me it was miserable. Not everyone is the same. Young crowds love it. Don't start fights or cops will lock you up. During games students get drunk and act like idiots.

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College Freshman

Campus Housing: Don't live in a campus housing. I heard you can get housing in your major so you can get involved with others within your interest. None for me unfortunately.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Airport is good but expensive. Close proximity to hotels and restaurants. Busing on campus is ok but off campus I don't really know.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Perhaps marijuana but I don't know the area and I don't go to parties. Just smoking and drinking.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Mediocre if you don't live in a nice apartment. Do some research and pick a place that you like. Also you may notice but whenever you are near downtown you will get lots of noise on the weekends. Annoying but no one seems to care.Landlord tells me I must call police if loud. No way I am going to interfere. I can care less as long as they don't knock on my door. Housing is poor. No A/C. Too warm during night. Heat makes room hotter. I prefer controlling temps. Bike racks so bicycle would be great option if you don't want to walk but walk if it is too windy. Safe neighborhoods. Parking costs too much with apartment rent. Not worth buying campus parking pass either. Rip off. School always finds a way to make money.

College Freshman

Athletics: Never been to a game. Football is big turnout. Expensive tickets to get. Lots of fans. What you see on Tv is what you get. Great spirit but I don't have any of it. Student organizations is something you must force yourself to join and you must always to pay to participate in an event. Lot of glitter but no glamour.

College Freshman

Majors: I didn't participate in internship so I can't give any judgement.

1 College Freshman

Majors: Current program makes me miserable. I wanted to go into
science major but have to take Math all over again. Now I am looking into journalism. Advisers are nice and helpful.I should have spent more time on figuring out my major instead of rushing to apply to the University. They say you get a job within 4 months you graduate but mostly ground level. Political Science has little to do with courts,laws, and laws. Just liberal arts classes you don't need. I wanted to go to Law school but you can major in Business and get into Law school just take writing courses.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: Internet connections problem in class. Microphone doesn't work. Lots of walking from one building to another. Large auditoriums where classes are held people leave trash all over the place indoors. Certain classrooms are nice like the Business Building and Science Life Building. Library is ok but you have to go early or on weekends during football games.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
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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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