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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers are of very high quality. I wish there were more computer labs available and known to students. During some hours you can never find an open computer. There are also frequent problems with the printers.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, but there are many opportunities at Penn State, especially for students in the College of Communications. I have no concerns about finding an internship when the time comes.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very happy with the Public Relations program at Penn State. There are many opportunities for students to get internships and other positions involving this field as an undergrad. I am very confident that I will find a satisfying job once I graduate, particularly in the sports PR field.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: restaurants are worth going...discounts for students

3 College Junior

Parking: lots of upper classman park, so it is scarce where to park at times

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is great! some look like hotels, very reasonable

5 College Sophomore

Majors: PSU offers many minors/majors to chose from. A good well rounded variety.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many people form all over the world attend PSU. It has classes that many people can take and feel comfortable.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The CATA buses run all around campus for free, there is even an app! Off campus routes are also available for a fee; but most off-campus apartments that require a bus to get to campus include a bus pass in your rent. The buses run late and are (usually) nice about letting you on. They fill up quickly in the winter though; nobody seems to want to walk when it's cold!

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid is something you have to do completely on your own, and chances are you're not going to get much. I don't know anybody who isn't struggling to pay for Penn State's ever-rising tuition and housing costs.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: If you want to drink, do drugs, whatever floats your boat, chances are you will be able to find it any night if you ask the right people the right questions. The buses run until 2am on weekends, which is always nice.
If you're like me and you do not party, there is an equal amount to do on weekends so you don't feel like you have to party just to have something to do. Movies are shown every weekend on campus and they are free!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding an apartment is easy, but cost and distance are inversely proportional; you want a cheap place nearby? It's going to be crap compared to the cheap place a couple of bus stops away. It's all about what you are willing to pay for convenience, really.

5 College Senior

Majors: I have loved every moment of being enrolled at Penn State University-World Campus. My classes are all online, which was important for me because I am a non-traditional student. I work full-time and oftentimes work 50-60 hours/week. Being able to do the homework on my own time was one of the most important reasons I chose an online environment. My program is somewhat like a Human Resources program so I take a lot of Labor and Employment Relations courses, which I admit, I thought I would hate when I first looked over the curriculum. However, I absolutely love the classes (most of them, anyway) and am learning a lot.

5 College Senior

Majors: I love my current program. As an Organizational Leadership major, I have learned so much regarding the professional world. I am taking classes I never thought I would be interested in prior to enrolling in this programs. Upon completion of my BS, I intend on enrolling the master's program to obtain my Master's in Homeland Security. I would like to work for either the FBI or TSA. I don't have many concerns about finding a job in my field as homeland security is a way of life for the United States since 9/11.

4 College Senior

Majors: I had no issues getting into the Organizational Leadership major. The application process was straight forward and the staff was very helpful with any questions I had regarding the entire process, even though they were located many states away from me. Speak with an adviser before declaring a major; they are there to assist you in your selection!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Although pretty much every college is the same in a general way, however, it's the little things that make Penn State different from some of the other colleges. For instance, the social scene and campus life is very welcoming to everyone. The students make it a very comfortable environment to walk into if it's your first time. One of the unique opportunities i believe Penn State has is the school pride. Even when the school's clubs are trying to raise money, the students always resort to getting everyone involved and either celebrating together or working hard together. I think this is the best way and it also sets our school apart from others.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is very rare. The only way to be put in situations of that sort is if those are the groups of people you associate with. In other words, it's always your decision.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The best word to describe the weather at Penn State is bipolar. We'll experience sudden rain storms and endless snow. Therefore, whatever the weather conditions might be, expect them at a much more higher level.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports, especially football, are an enormous part of campus life. Everyone from current students to families whom have graduated and are now alumni continue to attend varsity sports games. People from all over the Pennsylvania area come with endless school spirit to show their school pride.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are in good condition. Many places are switching over to apple products.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses are everywhere, but they are usually very crowded and take forever. You should just walk.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Penn State food is fairly good. There is something for everybody.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is awful. I never bring my car on campus because there is no where to park without getting a ticket.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms at PSU aren't so great, but all the other dorms are quite nice. West and South Halls have the nicest rooms, so if you can, try to get in there. However, East Halls are where most freshmen live, which is an entirely different atmosphere. It's a lot of fun in East, but if you're looking for nice rooms/bathrooms, West and South are the way to go.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The warm weather is nice, but the winters are freezing, and I mean freeeezing. You will need to pack heavy coats and other winter gear. Classes are never canceled so you'll need snow and rain boots as well. The biggest pain is when it rains since you'll need an umbrella to lug around campus, and the buses get packed and tend to run late in the rain.

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James Bunting
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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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