University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4696 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State is one of the best schools in the world. Teachers are challenging and new technology is always being brought up in the classrooms.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State is very flexible in you choosing your schedule which is great. There are thousands of options of what classes to take and with whom. There are also countless places to do work on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options but most apartments are set up exactly the same. They are also overpriced and stressful considering leases are signed an entire year in advance.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Penn State Greek Life is not looked at as "gods" like in southern campuses. They are more seen as paying to have friends and only partying. They do have philanthropy and sober events, but greek life here is mainly just to party.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Gets very cold in the winter and winter lasts a majority of the school year.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Penn State is a safe place. At night I do prefer being in a group but am not necessarily afraid to walk alone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Overall very average, laid back unless you cause a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of options at decent prices.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown and surrounding state college is beautiful, safe, and always something to do for a reasonable price.


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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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