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University Park, PA
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37,917
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Smack in the middle. There is acceptance for most of the student body, but it's still in Pennsylvania, and so... mostly white students. I think there really needs to be a conscious student movement by all ethnicities to join clubs together and get exposure to each other. What happens now is students of the same race tend to stick together - not malevolently to be sure, but I feel like there's kind of a skeptical divide. With that being said there's respect, but it could be better

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pros:
- i have had some really good teachers and some eh teachers, but what makes a great professor is interaction with students. i had one through a yearlong class that met with each student either one on one or in small groups to discuss projects with us, and that kind of communication was really excellent, and that bond with at least 1/2 profs a semester will lend itself to opportunities and recommendations for grad. school if that's important to you. i'm making it my personal goal to do that for the rest of my semesters here

Cons:
-math grad students/professors who don't speak english very well. prepare for some misunderstanding or confusing lessons.
-teachers in 400 level courses that the average test grade is in the 70s, but i expect you'll find that anywhere

4 College Sophomore

Computers: This one's in between a A- and B+. There are really tons and tons of computers accessible to students on campus, including a few in buildings like Willard and the HUB where students on the go can print out papers or last minute assignments. I say in between because although there are many computers available, they are a few years old- still working for sure, but still it's kinda ehh. The internet speed is always good- I haven't had major issues with a network being down or anything like that. Wifi will be installed in all of the dorms by the end of the year I think (it's a major issue that is in the process of being added). Freshmen, head straight to ResCom because the lines will be long, and they have later hours, so prepare to wait especially if you plan to have a router in your room.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: "Penn State weather" is a running joke here. This past year, it was 80 degrees at the end of October, snowing 3 weeks later in November, 55 degrees one week in January, then hailing and near freezing one weekend in April. It's generally cold, sure, but everyone suffers together. It's not like girls can't wear coats out on the weekends or people will judge you for wearing a giant puffy coat to class. Just invest in a good coat and a good pair of boots and you'll be fine. My favorite part is at the end of the year when it is finally nice outside and everyone goes crazy. Old Main lawn is covered in people and half the student body starts day drinking (when you aren't studying for finals!)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Penn State food is good in general. There will always be a place to eat close to wherever you are on campus and they have an iPhone app with the menus. It sometimes get old and repetitive like on any campus but they try to make the meals interesting and have specials often. Sometimes I feel like it is hard to eat really healthy food that isn't a salad but I manage. Don't visit PSU without eating a West Halls cookie. They are amazing.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Downtown has an okay nightlife but nothing to brag about. But it will do for us students.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The Pro to my Off Campus Housing is I have my own bathroom.
I take the bus to and from school which is convenience. From the housing unit is a walking distance to the shopping mall. There's a monthly parking fees. The Con is more security is needed and not enough food cabinet for four people sharing the unit. The overall Unit price is reasonable and I enjoyed being there.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: For your first year, you must live on campus so you can experience campus dorm life with others, learn about each hopes, dreams and goals. What I didn't like was the rooms were small,. Not everyone wants to share in cleaning duties. The process of moving IN day needs to be work on a little better.

2 College Senior

Weather: The weather at Penn State is no different if I was back home. When it snow, I just get my shovel and do what I have to do to make it to class the best way I know how (safely).
Penn State door doesn't closed.

4 College Senior

Computers: When I used the computer lab it was kept clean, reliable internet, no problem with printing out my materials. The staff came over to assist me when I needed help.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a nationally ranked Football team. Eventhough there has been some hard times recently and the NCAA sanctions. everyone still supports the team.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is something for everyone at Penn State. Over 200+ clubs and sports. The schools faculty are very supportive am\nd want to see you succeed.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: tHe drug scene at PSU not too noticable. there is a lot of talk about people drinking on the weekend but no peer pressure to join in.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Penn state has students from all over. Penn state is a world known college making it extremely diverse.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: I feel as if the transportation is good but there is always room for improvement. Updating the vehicles wouldn't hurt along with adding more buses to the routes.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is ridiculously expensive and they get to choose which parking lot you can only park in.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Tons of variety on campus, meal plan is all flex dollars so you can eat anything all the time :)

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of options off campus. Any food you can think of although it can be kind of expensive and you learn which places have the best food. Many places give discounts with lion cash. my favorite restaurant is kimchi korean.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Pennsylvania has a lot to offer with all the wonderful museums and nightlife attractions. Several schools await your arrival as a college student like Temple, Drexel, Saint Josephs, Arcadia...the possibilities are endless.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are not bad, but most students need to camp out early in the year to get their first choice.

3 College Junior

Computers: Tons of availability and numbers of computer labs, but some of the computers - especially the apples- seem really slow and outdated. Also most of the dorms are just getting WIFI now instead of ethernet connection, so the quality is improving, but it'll take a little more time.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Penn State's majority race is caucasian; however there is plenty of diversity for a great college experience. I've met so many different students from all continents in most of my classes, and they all seem to feel like true Penn Staters regardless of their backgrounds.

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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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