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University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Junior

Weather: Spring time in Penn State starts in late April...I rest my case

1 College Junior

Scholarships: They can try and do ore to assist out of state students

3 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs on campus so quantity is never a problem. Now finding the computer labs can be a hassle, but nonetheless there ok, so i give it a B

3 College Junior

Diversity: If you're looking for a school with a wide variety of people, this isn't the one for you. The majority of the school is caucasian, with a small asian population. That being said, if you do decide to attend this university, you will never have a problem being accepted no matter what your background. As an Indian, I found making friends in high school somewhat difficult, but at Penn State, it is super easy. It doesn't matter if you're of a different race, have a different sexual orientation, or different political views. Everyone is more than accepting, besides maybe a few bad apples.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't ever hear about anything bad really happening on campus. Although police could be a little more prevalent, crime really isn't an issue at all. I am always walking around campus late at night, whether its due to a little partying or late night studying. The streets are well lit and I have never felt unsafe, even if I am by myself. In the dorms, it is best to keep your doors locked, even if you're simply going down the hall to go the bathroom. People get wallets, computers, and other valuables stolen all the time at Penn State, but they can easily be prevented by locking your door at all times.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are huge at Penn State. Everyone knows about the football program, and they are a big way for students to spend their Saturdays. Other smaller sports are also huge at Penn State, such as the wrestling and girls volleyball teams. If we've got a team for the sport, we can expect large crowds during their games. IM sports are a huge as well, and are a great way to meet new people. Fraternities and sororities are extremely competitive towards IM sports, and take it very seriously. Many of the bigger clubs will also have multiple IM teams per sport so they can help get everyone to know each other better. I also truly believe that no other school in the country has as much school spirit as Penn State. Win or lose, you always expect a big crowd at all the sports.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers that run Windows in the computer labs are excellent, but the Mac servers are subpar. This makes people gravitate towards the Windows computers in the computer labs, because the Macs are so unreliable. If you can get yourself a Windows computer, you're set, but that is sometimes difficult during finals weeks. The wireless is available everywhere on campus, and it is definitely a big plus if you have your own computer. You can get away with it, but having your own computer is ideal.

3 College Senior

Parking: On campus parking is very limited if you do not have a parking pass. Off campus parking is available is various parking garages and lots. Prices of public pricing is very reasonable for guests. However, if you're looking for permanent parking, the parking passes for residential life is different for every real estate agency.

3 College Senior

Weather: Both Extremes – Weather at Penn State is known to be very sporadic. And because of our geographic location, we receive both ends of the extremes: lots of snow in the winter and lots of heat & humidity in the summer. However, the diverse weather also makes life exciting and fun!

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It depends on your friends and how you choose to spend your time.

4 College Junior

Parking: at pennstate Berks, parking sucks tuesdays ant thursdays. Tickets are 20 bucks.... -________-

4 College Senior

Majors: This program has been an amazing program. I would do it all over again if I could. The classes the program offers are very helpful at gaining an understanding in the business field, and there are tons of opportunities to get involved and shape your experience. The advisers and structure of the program are also a great help. My goal is to work as an analyst or a position in management for a Fortune 500 company. I want to use the knowledge from college and my person experiences to help shape businesses for the better. Unfortunately, many people take on my field, so it will be difficult to differentiate myself from all the other candidates. I am very concerned it will be difficult to find a job especially without an internship.

4 College Senior

Majors: The process of getting in my Management program was not particularly difficult. I managed to enter the business school as a freshman, so I only needed a 3.25 GPA to enter any of the business majors. After two years in the college and a high enough GPA, you could automatically choose the business major you wanted to enter. The best tip is to enter the program as a freshman rather than a junior.

College Senior

Majors: I was unable to acquire an internship as a student.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Penn State is continuously striving to improve the facilities to accommodate its large student body. Just in the last year, we've opened up at least two new buildings and renovated many more in order to create more space for various departments and majors.
I particularly enjoy Penn State's resourceful libraries. The Pattee and Paterno Libraries at University Park hold some of the best resources in the academic world. Penn State Libraries give students access to many online and physical databases, computers, and books.

4 College Senior

Academics: Resources, Resources, Resources! I came to Penn State without knowing what to expect from a school of such a large population. However, as time passed I realized that the magnanimity of our school also meant that the number of resources were just as high. From dozens of advising offices for each department to financial aid offices for study abroad options, Penn State offers a variety of resources for the aspiring student. During the semester, I received weekly e-mails updating me on the academic resources available to me. I found this extremely helpful and encouraging in my first year of college.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Coming into college as a freshmen, Penn State's financial aid office was very helpful. I received several private scholarships from individuals through the student aid office. As the years went by and I encountered financial hardships, the office was very helpful in clearly answering all of my additional questions. However, the office is rather small for an undergraduate student population of 40,000+. If you want to speak to a financial aid representative, get to the office as soon as it opens, or else you'll be in line for at least 30 minutes.

3 College Senior

Academics: I'm in the College of Liberal Arts as a Political Science Major. Most of the professors are very knowledgeable in their area of study, but I would say that not all of them are very helpful. Some are consumed with their own separate research or are not able to bring their "intellectual level" down to that of an undergraduate student. The Political Science Department has many capable individuals, but as a whole, is not very resourceful compared to other departments at Penn State. However, I have had a wonderful experience with my Political Science Adviser who has been very helpful and patient with me.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Penn State has a very diverse student population. You will be able to find people of every race, every interest, and every career path. You will never feel lonely here or have trouble finding someone to talk to.
Because of the diversity, social life is very colorful at Penn State. If you're interested in meeting people through sports, Penn State Athletics and Intramural Sports offer many opportunities. Greek life is also very big at Penn State. If you prefer quieter methods of socialization, you can find various student groups at the campus Spiritual Center or at the Library.
Many student relationships blossom in the hundreds of student organizations Penn State offers.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Many choices and price ranges available depending on distance from school

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: We had the greatest Football Coach EVER in Joe Paterno. A true leader and character builder. He emphasized and focused on the importance of academics with his players... You could not do one without the other.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Beautiful in spring-fall, but winter was a bit treacherous and lasted a long time. It literally took a snow storm and LOTS of ice to shut down campus though

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Our school parties were well organized and safe, great social outlet

4 College Senior

Majors: In Penn State, in order to get into the major, you need to meet certain requirements, such requirements might include prerequisite courses, GPA, or internships.

4 College Senior

Majors: Actuarial Mathematics is the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries. In order to do good in this program, you have to be really good with math.

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James Bunting
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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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