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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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of options off campus. Any food you can think of although it can be kind of expensive and you learn which places have the best food. Many places give discounts with lion cash. my favorite restaurant is kimchi korean.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Pennsylvania has a lot to offer with all the wonderful museums and nightlife attractions. Several schools await your arrival as a college student like Temple, Drexel, Saint Josephs, Arcadia...the possibilities are endless.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are not bad, but most students need to camp out early in the year to get their first choice.

3 College Junior

Computers: Tons of availability and numbers of computer labs, but some of the computers - especially the apples- seem really slow and outdated. Also most of the dorms are just getting WIFI now instead of ethernet connection, so the quality is improving, but it'll take a little more time.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Penn State's majority race is caucasian; however there is plenty of diversity for a great college experience. I've met so many different students from all continents in most of my classes, and they all seem to feel like true Penn Staters regardless of their backgrounds.

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5 College Junior

Computers: The library could use a bit more computers but they are great with internet and there are computers all over school you just have to find them. Printing on campus is also great and when we run out of our 100 pages a semester buying more sheets is very inexpensive.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I think the over all atmosphere of the school is great and it sets us apart from every other college. We Are PENN STATE, everyone's part of this huge penn stater family. Our campus life tries to involve everyone despite who they are or where they come from. You make life long friends and teachers who will always give a helping hand.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Overall quality is great, the atmosphere is friendly and social. Pricing for living on campus is quite expensive. If you are looking to save then off-campus living is a better option.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You will have your typical chain restaurants, which range from McDonalds, Wendy's, Pizza etc. There are also many great "family owned" spots that are open conveniently late. Just lacking a bit of cultured foods.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: i am a bio-behavioral health major and i honestly love my major because with it i can get a job straight out of college with a bachelor's degree or because the major is so flexible i can take the necessary courses and then after college go to a graduate school like med-school or enroll in a physician assistant program. I have a lot more options then i had previously when i was in the pre-med major i have more options if i don't want to consider graduate school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus dining at Penn State - University Park is excellent. It exceeded my expectations - there's a wide variety of food to choose from and it tastes great while, at the same time, being healthy. The only drawback is that food in some residence halls is better than in others. For example, East Halls has the reputation of having the worst food on campus while, West Halls has the reputation of having the best food. But, overall, you can't complain because, no matter which residence hall you go to, you'll finding something good to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation at Penn State - University Park is excellent. There are a number of shuttle buses circling the campus that are free. Furthermore, there are buses to the various other parts of University Park coming and going on a frequent basis. The taxi service is convenient and affordable. In addition, if you have to travel long distance there's an airport close to the school.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather at Penn State can be described as average. During the winter it snows a lot and the roads can get really icy due to the cold. Sometimes you'd go to bed, with no snow outside and you'd wake up to a foot of snow. In the fall and spring it tends to rain a lot and it can get cold. There are nice days but, most of the time, the weather is really ugly.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The Penn State - University Park Campus is a very diverse school. People come from a wide variety of backgrounds which include race/ethnicity, economic status, political stance, religion, sexual orientation, etc. University Park is a very large campus with a few thousand students attending, so there are reports of abuse and discrimination. However, the Penn State - University Park community, as a whole, is very accepting and tolerant of these various groups of people that come from different backgrounds.

5 College Senior

Diversity: School is in Central PA and completely diversified. Fantastic atmosphere.

5 College Senior

Academics: Many instructors are consulted with for real world situations.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The freshmen dining halls are gross. Pollock Halls, North, West, and South halls all have pretty good options. Also, the small cafes around campus are pretty good but pricy and are very similar to each other.

5 College Senior

Academics: In all my classes the instructors are very knowledgeable and the classes are challenging.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Campus buses run frequently during the day and less frequent at night. They cover all of campus and the two main streets downtown. They are free and very convenient. Cabs are hard to reach on weekends and rainy/snowy days.

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.


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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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