University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Facilities: lots of great places to hang out in

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: average and lots of history

5 College Junior

Majors: one of the best experiences so far

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for housing that are affordable, and close to campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere at Penn State is fantastic! There is always something to do, see, or participate in.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, but if you don't there are police escorts that can make sure you get to your destination safely, and if you are traveling alone, there are many blue lights around campus that if you are in any danger you can simply press a button on the blue light, and a police officer will arrive shortly.

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus police are very effective with keeping the peace in Happy Valley.

5 College Junior

Academics: I wouldn't have gone to Penn State if i didn't think the Academics were great. They are challenging, but in a good way, and I enjoy going to class and learning about things that i am interested in.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are very helpful and there are always tutors available. Popular Study areas would definitely include the library.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is quite a variety of restaurants at Penn State, the cost is average and there are also good student discounts. As far as late night dining, there are many options to choose from.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is always a little more on the expensive side, but as a freshman i think it is definitely worth it to live there. The amenities are pretty good, the housing process is very easy and the social atmosphere is fantastic.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are extremely important at Penn State. Students love to show support and share their pride for their school by attending basically all of the sporting events. Our biggest sporting events would be the football games. Honestly, going to football games is what being a Penn State student is about (besides academics), the pride that the students share for our school is through the roof, and if you've ever been to a football game or have seen one, you understand how close the students really are.

5 College Junior

Diversity: As i said in my earlier reviews, there is a sense of unity at Penn State. There is a place for everyone and there is a huge sense of acceptance of diversity in regards to ethnic/racial diversity, economic background, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Penn State is an amazing school. There is a unity among everyone that attends the school. The academics are fantastics and so are the extracurricular activities and the social scene. I could not have chosen a better school.

College Junior

Facilities: Im not exactly sure that i can rate my school as the best, because it is better than the best. There is everything you could have dreamed of at Penn State: an amazing school, unity among students, active social surroundings, plenty of study space, challenging academics and opportunities that will last a lifetime.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Despite a fair number of crime reports I have never feared for my personal safety.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A lot of stuck up students. It's a mixed bag of nice people and some real bad ones.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn State has an awesome social scene. There is always somewhere to go and activities to participate.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The new Intramural Building built is amazing. Has the best gym on campus. Libraries are very open and the HUB is an awesome place to meet up with friends, study, and eat.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a great experience for Freshman year. Coming into college not knowing a lot of people can be daunting. Living near a bunch of other new students helps create a great atmosphere to meet other people.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people are part of some kind of sport be it varsity, club, or IM. if people are playing, they are at the gym or watching a sport being played. Most of teams are actually really good, especially our women's volleyball and wrestling teams. Fan support for football is out of this world. We Are Penn State afterall.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my major and the classes penn state offers. The curriculum is difficult but it's a well-respected university. The workload is manageable if you plan your schedule right.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many classes to choose from to fulfill gen. ed. requirements and many sections with varying times to work with your schedule as long as you get an early registration date.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For the most part you can find any type of food you want, but it's the quality and authenticity that the restaurants lack. It's really easy to find a pizza, sub, or fast food restaurant but other than that, you have to research for the gems.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many majors available at the school it's almost impossible to pick one. The most popular ones are the most challenging but overall, it's a difficult school with classes and programs designed to weed out the "faint of heart".


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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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