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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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Reviews 4229 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They don't like ANY type of fun, running is a violation, having too many people in your room is suspicious, repeatedly being seen walking around campus is suspicious, just about anything you do is under scrutiny and has the potential to get you written up.

3 College Junior

Facilities: student life is relaxed, these classes get in the way though

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there's a variety of choices near our campus but they either aren't cheap enough to be daily meals, or they aren't healthy enough to be a good decision.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am in the business school. They really hook it up once you are accepted. They give you special advisors and mentors who guide you through your first year. The school is a top rated business school and job recruitment is unbeatable.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: You have to pay but wherever you live they have exclusive parking for tenants.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Campus is dry so you have more opportunities to get in trouble on campus. There's always flyers for off campus housing and plenty a choices.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Biggest Greek life in the country, however it is being highly regulated by the school now and is very annoying. Frats have the biggest parties. You do not buy your friends. Join.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its awesome when its nice outside but thats not very often.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a greek really because i am in a business frat but im pretty into all the fraternities and stuff. They are pretty cool, you will always have your frat stars but most are chill. Sorority girls are always a good time

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girls are great in the valley, you can find any type of girl so it really all depends on what you like.

3 College Junior

Weather: It gets crazy weather wise, snows all the time if not its raining cats and dogs. Dont even dream of school being cancelled.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of variety. However, the cost can be very diversed.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Since Penn State is located in the suburban, there is not many things to go. Thus, drinking becomes a big event. However, there are many underage drinking. For drugs, it is not that common, though it exists.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State has many outstanding athletics. Penn State football stadium is the second largest one in the states. Even you do not understand football, you should definitely go and experience the atmosphere. Moreover, Penn State has 4 gyms for athletics.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Welcome to Pennsylvania and a temperate climate. The weather shifts with the seasons. It can be in the 80s and 90s during the Summer and early Fall. During the winter it can be very cold. One day with wind chill it was -9 degrees in the winter. If you are looking for sun year round, do not come to any college in Pennsylvania.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are many diverse options available to Penn State students. If you are a freshman I would suggest living in East. The location is not great, the dorms are some of the worst on campus, but you will be housed with only freshmen which makes it easy to make friends. I knew everyone on my 35 person floor by the middle of the fall semester. If you are interested there are also special living options. These options put people of the same majors or groups together. For example there is one for ROTC students, one for women in engineering, and many others. It is worth looking up. Just be cognizant that when you go into your sophomore year if you want to live on campus you need to put in for a housing lottery between November and January. Basically people are selected at random to see if you get an on campus contract. I was lucky enough to get one, but a lot of people I know did not. To increase your chances pair with someone you know. You are not required to live with him or her, and it increases your chances of getting a contract two fold.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is good for everybody....
Even if you dont party the campus provides activities on late nights.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs around campus. Conveniently located around the dorms for easy access.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Penn State is a huge school which makes it pretty diverse. There are people from all over.

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: I would say the number one drug at Penn State has to be Alcohol. And since it is easily available and at nearly every party, the cops out here make a living arresting people for DUI/underage consumption. Ive never seen or been offered any 'hard' drugs, but I have said no to marijuana on several occasions which would lead me to believe there is not a major drug scene at my school.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Student life on campus at Penn State is amazing. There is a multi-level, state of the art student center where dozens of the hundreds of available student clubs convene daily, multiple gyms including 3 weight training facilites, 2 indoor pools, an indoor track, and countless hardwood basketball courts. Outside there are countless tennis courts, a swimming pool, a full size track, and soccer fields. The adjoining Patee and Paterno Libraries offer students access to hundreds of computers, many different study lounges and sections for students in different fields, and an infinite amount of texts. One of the largest annual campus events is THON which is a dance marathon that raises money for the Diamond Fund which uses the proceeds to research pediatric cancer at the Hershey Medical Center. Last year the club raised over $10,000,000.00. That number pales in comparison the the $50,000,00.00 the Division 1 Penn State Nittany Lion Mens Football team generates for the university annually. Playing in the Big10, one of the most competitive divisions in the NCAA, the Nittany Lions regularly sell out their home games in Beaver Stadium which seats over 100,000 die-hard, paying fans. In recent years, the women Nittany Lions Volleyball team have become a dominant force to be reckoned with and are starting to develop a cult following of their own. After your final final in Happy Valley, you're not truly recognized amongst the alumni without running in the Mifflin Streak. A simple sprint down a street on campus in nothing but your birthday suit to close the chapter on your life at PSU. WE ARE!

College Senior

Scholarships: Unfortunately, I have very little experience dealing with the financial aid department. I have always had a scholarship and my tuition has always been taken care of in a timely matter. For what its worth, I've never heard any of my peers speak negatively of the financial aid office.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: If partying is what you are into, you will fit in well and wont have any problems finding like-minded people. There are plenty of frat houses, on campus events, and bars to relax and enjoy yourself in after studying diligently all week.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Blue loop, white loop, and the links are all free and will take you anywhere you wanna go in town.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus life at PSU is what you make of it. There is alot of things to keep you busy.

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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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