University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4679 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computers labs are always available and accesible. There are around 4 around campus and one is always empty.

4 people found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not into greek life at all but there are plenty of parties or so I hear!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The faciltiies are awesome!! Being in a region wherre it is very cold, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep me occupied

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The process wsa very simple. I jus applied and was accepted. No special forms or papers to write. My major is BIO and its fun and exciting

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Campus police are very diligent. They will ticket you if they catch you doing something against the rules. They patrol pretty regulary and have a presence at most events and outdoor venues/events

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I would rate dining a C. Same few places and are mostly fast food or chain. I like Ponderosa and Brunos because of theease and accesiblity. Fairly reasonably priced

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: very cold; winter snow; icy sleet

Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I have my own vehicle so I dont have any expericence with public transportation. The school offers shuttles to and from town thatI hear are failry convenient and run frequently and are inexpensive

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Although there are many restaurants around the campus, they are mostly fast food restaurants or very expensive local restaurants. They do not have much variety, especially for vegetarians and vegans. The cost of the fast food restaurants is reasonable, and we get great discounts for delivered food.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe during the day. At night there are campus police and the blue light, but there is not enough lighting everywhere on campus at night to make people feel safe, unless they're walking with other people.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are many fun activities on weekends, but not on the weekdays. Sometimes students need to relax when they are overwhelmed with classes.

4 College Student

Academics: The professors I have are great. They know their material and are passionate about it. The business school is nationally ranked and lots of companies come here to look for new recruits. Office hours are good, and professors are very willing to make appointments to talk to students who aren't available during their office hours. Most of my classes are on the larger side which is fine for me because I get to meet a lot of people.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Weather: So far the weather has been great. Got into the 30's a few days, nothing too bad yet. Not looking forward to winter though. I heard it gets really cold. Classes are all far away so it might be a good idea to take the bus when it starts to cool down. I enjoy the walks now though

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5 College Senior

Athletics: There is a sport out there for everyone (ranging from football, hockey, and even quidditch). The psu spirit is pretty contagious.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of housing options off-campus. Rent is affordable depending on the realtor. As with everywhere, it's higher the closer you are to campus. Beware, parking can be a pain.

2 College Senior

Weather: Get ready for the snow or rain. It gets chilly fast here, and winter is very long.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: You can take a nice hike up nittany mountain. Very scenic in the middle of the mountains.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I remember driving to th mall for affordable healthy foood.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Extremely structure in following policies and procedures

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It snows a lot out here, but the snow usually does not stick. However, if it does, it is difficult to walk because it is slippery. I really suggest boots. During the spring, it does rain a lot, so be prepared to wear rain boots and always carry an umbrella. So far, it has been quite humid in the summer and the sun really beats down on you.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone is proud to wear any type of Penn State attire, especially during games. Many students attend all the sports, of course some more than others. Team performance is top quality; they put in everything that they have. The athletic facilities are great; athletic trainers, their own gym equipment, and the variety of equipment that they use. The athletes receive top apparel and anything that goes along with it; from sneakers, to sweats, to suitcases, to coats, etc.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Penn State has a great academic reputation all around, but I love EMS because it is one of the smaller colleges, so you really get to know a lot of the faculty and students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is not the best quality about Penn State. East Halls, where I live, are very old and a far walk from most places on campus. Also, housing is only guaranteed for freshman year and the application process for upperclassman can be competitive.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My father deals with applying for financial aid, but it was a very big hassle for him the first time, because some of the instructions aren't very clear and my sophomore year I personally had to go to the office of the bursar to speak with someone because it was unclear about why I wasn't fully registered as a student, which ended up having to do with them not reading the code to my incoming loan correctly.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug visibility and alcohol visibility is not very high at Penn State on campus, there are campus police that do a good job of policing underage drinkers and make sure they keep people safe and out of trouble. Drinking is very visible downtown on the weekends but it is policed well and you're never forced into drinking or put down if you don't

1 person found this useful Report

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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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