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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 Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good every where except East Dining Commons. Althoug East has good variety. Pollock doesn't have much variety, but its good.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very lively. There is always something to do on and off campus. Sports are very popular, and the school has a build an exciting culture around them. The only downside are the high expenses of tuition and student living.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think there is a very high safety when it comes to drugs but there are always some kids who could receive drugs from home and bring it into campus

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is not the greatest. Usually you have to pay anywhere you want to park. Visitors are limited to specific parking garages, and all of the lots require costly annual fees.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The community of State College has a fantastic small-town atmosphere, but it is filled with things to do. There is never a dull moment. Shopping, plenty of places to eat, parties, etc.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of guys and girls on campus, ones from different races and personalities. Their style ranges from comfy/casual to gothic to high fashion. A lot of the students on campus are also attractive.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: state college is beautiful!! and the community is very polite and generous

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: not a big drug scene, however during certain events penn state is known to show off their acoholic behaviors

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I got two scholarships from the university based solely on my major

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There's lots of options for food with flexible hours. So when the munchies kick in at 3am, there's always something open. Prices are fair.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I picked a B because I think it's quite average. While girls at Penn State may be attractive mostly, they almost all wear the same thing. Yoga pants,Uggs and a northface jacket in the winter and short shorts and a shirt in the summer. People don't really dress up as much. Track suits are the casual every day wear. Social life also is very plastic, it's frats and sororities which make up about 50% of the social life here.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is pretty unpredictable. Snowing one day and raining the other. So it's not the most pleasant weather to live in. It gets pretty cold up here too during the winter. This is obviously expected since we're on the East coast but the weather is UNPREDICTABLE.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was a Kinesiology major. My classes were taught by some of the nation's best researchers in the field! I would recommend everything about my program and the school as a whole.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Its prevalent but not necessary. However the buses become PACKED in the winter when people do no feel like walking out in the could weather.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While drugs and alcohol are prevalent around campus, outside of Greek Life no ones is pressured into consuming anything they do not want to. Overall you can pick and choose what you want to get involved with.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: State College is definitely not an urban city and most of the students do come from different parts of Pennsylvania but you will find there is diversity. It is just not a city melting pot.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: You could not find a better college town than State College, PA. The town exists because of the university. We have a bunch of great bars and football season is absolutely insane! Everyone in sight is Penn State proud!

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers in the library work fairly well although the computers in the HUB are extremely slow. There are computer labs throughout campus- access is never a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: They are typical dorm rooms. I would prefer if the rooms were a little bigger and the bathrooms were a little more updated. Although, they are always clean.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a lot of places to go to and a lot of different scenes. There is only one club that I know of that is 18+ on Wednesday and Sundays and for occasion concerts. The bars and bouncers are extremely strict. Don't try to use a fake.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity on campus but when it comes to Greek life almost all are the same. The girls here overall are way hotter than the guys.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Penn state can party and the best part are the variety of options. Bars, clubs, frats, and apartments have something for everyone. Bars are big for 21 and over while frats are great for younger students. The options are unreal andexplain why PSU is so great.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful girls all over with amazing bodies. Many people are willing to go out and have a good time. Many are suprisingly smart and can hold a nice conversation.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't think this school has a "drug problem" but the alcohol consumption can get a little out of hand sometimes. I really haven't witnessed any heavy drug use in my time here. But also, that's not exactly my crowd.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Honestly, I love it here! I have had only one professor I wasn't happy with in my time here and campus life is great! The white building and workout classes are super nice. There are lots of good food joints in the area, as well as places to shop, meet up with friends, and study, or even some combination of the above. The campus is beautiful and I spend a ton of time studying in the arboretum. Overall, this place gets high marks in my book :)

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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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