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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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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety and options, plus if you're using Lion Cash on your Student ID you can get a discount at different places every month. Plus everything is within walking distance from the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Our school is pretty up to date on the technology. I just wish there wasn't a limit on printing stuff out or at least offer a bit more. The internet is pretty reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I feel like this is hard to rank because Penn State is such a big campus and I only get to see a portion of the students who attend. They dress pretty decently.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is a very athletic school. I see many people participating in sports in one way or another. That includes going to rallies, club and intramural sports as well.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Once again, as an approaching Sophomore I feel as if I am fellow students have not been given the proper information and/or guidance in an orderly fashion, resulting in a mad rush to pick a major and make important life plans, which is very unsettling.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: I am debating between a few different majors, so for that, I can't really say. What I can say however, is the more I speak with advisers the more information I find out about in which I feel students should be given this information, and they are not. I understand there is much to take in regarding the whole college experience, but I feel that students should be given much more information about the technicalities and requirements of different majors. As a now approaching Sophomore student, I've only just learned that in order to transfer to University Park, I must complete an Entrance to Major.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: While Media, PA is the closest nearby metropolitan, there do not seem to be many nearby attractions or events for students, which is unfortunate.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The most diverse diversity I've witnessed here at PSU Brandywine is the wide range of ethnic and racial diversity. While there may always be a destiny for cliques to exist, I haven't noticed many in regards to ethnic background. It's a very refreshing sight to witness the positive interactions of so many different people from different walks of life.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being in that I attend a commuter campus, it's hard for faculty to engage students and encourage them to mingle more around campus. So without say, it takes a little extra motivation to get excited about coming to school. Since I was a child, I've always loved school and learning and the professors at my school really make it worth it. They are genuinely interested in their students and their ability to really understand the context of lessons. The workload is not too overwhelming, but challenging enough to push forward.
I am thankful for having the opportunity to attend PennState Brandywine.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I love the social scene and the school spirit but the school is so much more than that too and has a great campus life.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buildings are really too close to bother driving to any classes. The campus shuttle is rarely on time and rather slow, it's easier to just walk.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overpriced. Selection process for rooms is reasonable though. Publicity about the housing process is poor.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The process seems ok. Haven't actually tried it yet

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My teachers had very regular available times outside of class if we wanted to contact them. There were online materials for additional help, and the workload was feasible most of the time. I personally enjoyed learning about different subjects from my teachers, as they tried to teach efficiently while putting in interesting elements during their lessons, whether it be a handout or a personal story or an educational video.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have only eaten off campus a couple of times, and although I liked both those times, I do not know whether or not the grade will reflect accurately on the other restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are easy to find at Penn State, whether it is at the dorms, at the library, or in other buildings across the campus. If you can't afford a computer or don't want one, you will still be able to find one for research, writing, and printing.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Penn State had plenty of great classes offered for almost every subject. I learned a lot from my teachers, including the less experienced ones, and the workload was manageable most of the time, with tutors available if you need help (for a fee). There were plenty of places to study, from libraries to outside areas.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity of Penn state is large. There are large cliques of ethnic backgrounds that tend to stick together. African American, Hispanics and Whites are the more popular backgrounds but we also have Asian, Japanese, Philippian, Arabian, Ecuadorian, and Jamaican students.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Penn state Harrisburg is located in a tiny town called Middletown. One of the most unique things about this area is a Victoria restaurant featuring authentic Italian dishes. There is not a lot going on in Middletown but that's not necessarily a negative. It keeps the area quiet and you can go outside and study without hearing a lot of back ground noise. If you do which to be near a more lively area your only 15 minutes from the heart of Harrisburg which has a ton of options to choose from.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Night life at Penn State is excellent. There is plenty of restaurants and bars that close late. The streets are always filled with people. It kind of reminds me of Manhattan NY. During football season forget it its chaotic but in a good way. Everyone is friendly.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Penn States campus is very diverse. It is filled with different groups of individuals and cultures. Everyone mingles and hang out without any conflicts or issues.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers are always up to date, clean and efficient.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people at Penn State are mostly white. There are different kinds, but a lot of them like to hang out and have a good time.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is mostly social and for THON at Penn State. They have parties, but they're not the best. They don't have much of an influence at Penn State.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is varied and cheap. It's nice to go out with friends as long as you're over 21. Apartments are the way to go if you're under 21, and there is a movie theater and mall a short bus ride from campus.

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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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