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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

Campus Dining: Was at Berks Campus for two years so my experience right now is with them. The dining hall was good, the food was very good. It was always open when you needed it. The meal plan I got was perfect, not too much, not too little. Definitely no room for complaints.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of places to eat, no matter what you're in the mood for you're almost guaranteed to find some good eats!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: State College has a variety of apartment choices, and all give a variety of amenities that help the students with their studies.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is awesome, its not too far away from campus but far enough that you feel like your away and get to relax. Most of my friends live off campus and we see each other on campus or hang out in each others dorm rooms. Its really nice because they usually have gyms if you want to work out and the staff is very helpful

3 College Senior

Computers: There are usually computers available all over campus but during exam times or when you want to be sure you can study bring your own laptop

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: When ever you need to be seen by a doctor they have really nice system and you can always call and speak to a nurse. Very friendly place

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are really good, even when its busy you will not wait to long to be served and the food is always amazing, reminds me of being back in city in NYC. Great places to eat, study or catch up with friends. Friendly workers and just a nice enviornment.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There really is a huge variety of people at Penn State, especially at the University Park campus, because that is where the majority of our international students go. Each group brings something new to Penn State and we have a lot of clubs that celebrate different cultures. The guys and girls are generally all pretty awesome and you can certainly meet a lot of different characters.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The kinds of food that they have can vary, but are sometimes more expensive if you eat in the cafes and stations that are not the buffets. The buffets get very repetitive, but at least most things taste okay. However, being vegetarian is kind of a drag given the lack of variety and sometimes quality of the vegetarian options.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are pretty bad, but aside from those there are great dorms on campus, some very old with great character, and there are a lot of different types. The cost is a little expensive, but usually worth it for the proximity to classes and the ease of being on-campus.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There is a decent variety in terms of public transportation, the buses on campus are free and the ones that go around the whole area are fairly affordable, and they run very regularly and the schedules are easily accessible. In addition there is a nearby airport which can be reached by bus or taxi. Also there is a Greyhound bus station nearby within walking distance. The only downside is that there is no train station, unless you go to Lewistown which is half an hour away.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food on campus is average. However, there are many options down town that are good. There is over 50 food options that are in walking distance from campus.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I am a Biobehavioral Health major. The program is unique to any other school. It is an integrative approach to health. The classes are very interesting and diverse. The career options are also diverse.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Penn State is like any other state university when it comes to guys are girls. There is a large Greek life, but there are just as many students not involved in that. The students are very social.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: State College is a typical college town. You cannot turn the corner without finding something related to Penn State. The town is most interesting on football Saturdays.

4 College Senior

Academics: I went to the Pennsylvania State University to receive a quality education and that is exactly what I have received. The classes are tough, but engaging. The professors do an excellent job keeping students interested.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe at PSU but this is coming from a tall, fairly fit guy. Just avoid walking off the night trail at night and avoid taking opened drinks from people.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good around State College. They have busses around from the early morning until very late night. If the busses are unavaliable they have a few cheap cab companies you can call.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of girls at Penn State but most dress the same. They wear Uggs, Yoga Pants, and PSU Hoodies.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The student life at Penn State is one of the best in the world. We have the most school spirit as you will see if you ever go on a scheduled visit as you will hear students screaming "WE ARE" at your group with the expectation that you will respond with "PENN STATE." We have a great athletic program for top tier athletes all the way to the average joe who wants to get into the IM sports. Social lives are a must here as we like to have a lot of fun on weekends and throughout various weeks.

5 College Junior

Majors: I have an internship with TD Bank and it is a really great experience. It is a paid internship and at a good rate for an internship as well. I work in the IT department helping compile information to be presented to top managers in my department.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Plenty diversity; a beautiful site, actually. Everyone gets along from what I see.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It is consitant, winter can be cold and rain but there are not a lot of severe weather problems

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining at Penn State for off campus is just equivalent to students that live on campus. If you have a meal plan you're allowed to eat at all the dining halls. Now if you do not have a meal plan that is not a problem. Off campus students have different choices of food places all over town at Penn State that do fast delivery.

3 College Senior

Majors: It can be very tricky to get into the music ed program on time. I've seen many people fail a piano class, or an education class, and get held up from entering the major on time. There are a lot of forms, class requirements, and an interview that stand in the way of entering the major at the end of your sophomore year.

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James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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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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