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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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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus requires paying for a parking pass. Parking downtown is hard to find a spot, but the parking garages are not too expensive, $1.50/hr on average.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: the greek life at penn state altoona is mild. there isnt much going on there and doesn't dominate the school. but for penn state main campus which is only a 30 min drive away, the greek life is huge! mansions for houses and they throw parties like crazy. but just be safe when having all this fun.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there are 3 police services offered at penn state altoona. The logan township police, altoona police and the campus police. there are at the least 9 officers on duty 24/7 and there is a blue light system. They do know of the party scene so just be careful and be safe. We are safe here and on top of that, everyone is nice to each other too.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State's academics are amazing. The work is challenging and the professors can be tough, but you will always learn and enjoy it while its occuring.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Depending on the day of the week arking on campus can be great or amazing. The cost to park on campus is outrageous.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are average, they could be tuned up a lottle bit. The rest pf the housing is amazing. They are spacious, and there are a lot of living options to chose from.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There could be more housing for the African American greek fraternities and sororities. The majority of the caucasian and other greeks have housing. The Greeeks are mostly loved by non greeks, they do a lot for the community.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a ton of different majors to choose from here.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is always at an all time high. It's a great feeling to be a part of it all.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Penn State, where the weather reports don't matter. You get used to the crazy weather though.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of cheap places to each around campus. The food is pretty good too. We can use LionCash at a lot of places, and that's always good.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Penn State's main campus transportation are the CATA buses. They also provide transportation off campus around the area. There are 4 free CATA buses on campus. The rest of the CATA buses are a reasonable $1.50 per ride. The on campus ones have a downfall of being over packed and you may even have to wait for the next one which has made many students late for class during busy times. They are still great though because it's a big campus and walking gets uncomfortable in colder months. There's also taxis in the area which I've never used but they seem to come pretty fast after people call them. For long distance, buses are easiest as their is a bus station on campus and mega bus picks up at the downtown walmart.

5 College Senior

Athletics: We love our sports! Penn State is known for football but there is always a game to be found to watch on campus

4 College Senior

Athletics: PSU has a wide range of sports to choose from. Football is defiantly one of the most popular with the students, fans, and team school spirit. Football events are huge at PSU and it is defiantly something every student should experience at least once.

4 College Senior

Diversity: PSU is very diverse and excepting of all races, ethnicities, religions, beliefs, and sexual orientation. When you come to PSU you can see this as you walk through campus. There are many different people who dress in different styles of clothing and fashion, eat a variety of foods from the assortments of restaurants around campus and downtown, and speak many different languages. PSU is by far diverse in every aspect from students and classes to activities and events.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: I am a senior and have received financial aid every year, but it was not easy at all finding it and receiving it. There is so much hassle that you must go through to receive it, endless forms to fill out, and long, stressful waiting to see if you qualify at all or how much you qualify for. I was always so worried I wouldn't receive enough to cover my college costs or in time for tuition deadlines, most years I did, but this year I am having the hardest time finding enough financial aid since I am in my senior year and federal financial aid only goes so far since there is a limit on how much you can receive. I guess my tips to those looking for financial aid, be persistent and patient, apply for as many scholarships and grants as possible before loans. It won't be easy and it is very time consuming, but its defiantly worth it.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is pretty decent if you plan ahead and get a pass but also expensive

3 College Senior

Nightlife: You will always be able to find something to do in state college, but after a while its just the same parties with the same people. switch it up.

5 College Senior

Computers: It isnt hard to find a lab on campus, most buildings have more than one available to students. The library is open 24 hours with interactive maps that show you where computers are available. Most computers are fairly new and lots of mac products as well!

4 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State University Park's campus life is unlike any other. The HUB is the main student area during the day where there are places to eat, lots of seating for studying, conference rooms for most of the student organizations, a game room area, and the bookstore is also there as well. There is always something going on around campus and over 900 clubs for students to get involved in.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State University Park has every type of facility for whatever the different students wish to get involved in. The career center helps students find opportunities and resources for academics, grad schools, financial aid, or anything else they need. Campus life and the social scene is top notch, especially with the greek system.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are several different computer labs all around campus with plenty of computers available for the students. There are different labs reserved for different majors & departments with certain software needed for projects. Labs and the library are always crowded during midterms and finals. Majority of students have their own computers and WiFi is available anywhere on campus EXCEPT the dorms, where we need it most.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is very competitive, especially during football season. The cost for a parking pass near the dorms is outrageous and the reasonable parking pass is a good walk across campus, however buses are always available every 5-10 minutes to get there. Parking on campus is free on the weekends, so spots fill up very quickly. It is a big school with over 40,000 students, so freshmen are not allowed to park on campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The cafeteria is great. It's neat and clean. Large windows allow plenty of natural light. The food is excellent and provides a wide variety to suite everyone's needs. Plenty of room for students to sit. It also provides easy clean up an disposal for students.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: i dont know much yet but it is pretty exciting to learn and help students.

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James Bunting
Hometown
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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