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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is definitely a great experience. The rooms are a little small and some are far from classes but you get to meet and socialize with people and see what is it like.

2 College Junior

Diversity: there is some diversity but if you look at the stats at penn state majority is white

3 College Junior

Nightlife: nightlife at penn state is busy, every where and everybody are just busy. buses are loaded with people the downtown area is packed every where. there are also house parties everywhere, if you are not 21 and want to party have no worries because there is always a house party you can go to. Its not hard to have fun at PSU

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is never a dual moment at campus. There is always something going on that student government has their hands in. A friend of mine always goes to the bowling party and she really enjoyed the haunted house. I saw on the tables today about the Splash Lagoon trip. I love it there and I wish I could go, I've been wanting to take my boyfriend their for some time now but unfortunately I have plans already for that day. However there is always new fun activities poping up I am positive I will find something even more fun and exciting for us to do.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Penn State really makes the environment a relaxed place where students have many options to find a unique space that fits their needs. They take very good care of the building and grounds. There is one janitor I talk to often, he is very sweet and does a really good job. I love how modernized the campus is, the technology is updated to where it needs to be and runs so well. As weird as this is going to sound I love that the bathrooms are "green". The toilet having a lower flush button is such a smart idea for helping not waste so much water but still using it affectively.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Honestly I don't notice if there are any here. Everyone is nice and helpful. You can't really tell the difference between Greeks and non-greeks we all look at ourselves as being equal. We are all here to learn and make a better campus community for those around us and new students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining service depends on what hall you go to. Pollock and West are the best, East is okay, but South, while it has quality, has no variety in its buffet; anything specific must be gotten a la carte. I myself have never been to North dining. However, there are several convenient cafes around campus, and the hub has chains for students who need to get away from campus food.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I was between Penn State and Syracuse when selecting which communications program to enter into, and I couldn't be happier that I chose Penn State. The College of Communications was recently ranked number one in the entire country, ahead of Syracuse's well-known Newhouse program. As a broadcasting major, I can already be hands on with PSNtv, the club focused on producing a variety of shows, including the news program I take part in. Students can also take on internships even as a freshman. Penn State's College of Comm allows for its students to have the freedom to explore their major and get experience as soon as they're ready. This cannot be said for many other schools, including Newhouse. Add to that the esteemed Penn State academics, and one has the best education they could possibly get. I would recommend for anyone to enroll here.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I can't think of any program at Penn State that isn't considered to be among the top rated in its field. Because it's such a large university, PSU is able to get the best of the best, whether that be students or professors who are passionate about their work. Thus, the hard work pays off and allows for state of the art facilities and utilities. Anything that is for want is surely within reach. These are just some of the benefits of attending a large university with a recognized name.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Overpriced, dirty, terrible landlords - pretty much sums it up. State College is a really safe time so that's good. The public transportation could be better, but most places are pretty close to campus.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Terrible professors who don't give you the time of day. Prepare to be taught by TAs who typically don't speak English. If you need one-on-one attention this school is not for you. This semester all my classes are between 150-750 people.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: THIS IS A SUPER GREEK SCHOOL. Everyone in it seems to love it, but if it's not for you you end up really hating that scene. I wouldn't recommend PSU to anyone who isn't rushing.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is usually terrible. You rarely ever see the sun! It snows a lot, but classes never get cancelled.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are very few cases of drug usage at Penn State. However, there are some students that do drugs and sell drugs. Probably weed is the most common drug you will experience.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at Penn state is horrible. There are very few parking lots and most of them are away from your classes. If you live off campus, you should go early so that you can park your car and be on time to your classes

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good since there are many buses that go around penn state. There are 4 community buses you can use and they are free! I would rate the buses to A+ if there were more buses that come instead every 20 minutes

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most of the places at Penn State are safe. However, there were recent cases such as knife assault and sexual assaults. Still, there are police escort that are 24 hours available.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife in penn state is pretty good but you have to be 21 years or older. Still, there are many people that organize parties in their off-campus rooms so you won't have a boring weekend.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Penn state has great facilities. They are constantly renovating buildings to keep everything modern and in good condition. There are five different dining halls, each with several options. The library is huge and has every book nearly unlimited resources. Also, there are three different gyms on campus that are updated with great equipment.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus isn't too bad. East Halls, the typical freshman dorms, are a little crammed but the others aren't too bad. West Halls is definitely the best. The worst part about the dorms is that they pack a lot of people into the dorms, but there's enough space in the commons building to make up for it. Plus, there is a lot of stuff to do on campus, so you don't spend much time in your room.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Penn State has some of the best athletes around competing in the campus' varsity sports. Obviously, for football, there is extreme school spirit, fan support, and amazing facilities. The games are exciting becuase of the amazing players and the electric atmosphere. Though not all varsity sports have as much support or student involvement, there is definately team spirit, awesome facilities and still some support from classmates. Some of these other sports include the talented gymnastics team, women's and men's basketball, soccer, and hockey, and much more.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I hear that there are many, but it's pricey. I really hope that I get a dorm next year becuase if not, I have to find roommates to lower the cost of an apartment and deal with monthyl bills. I do not have prior experience with off campus houseing.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its a small town but with so many students and so much to do you cant even notice. Everyone is really friendly and its easy to meet new people. If you decide to go to a city the nearest ones are Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and DC all around the same distance away and not too far either. Great town, great school , great people, and great location.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are many places you can use your meal points on campus. the best are the all you can eat buffets which offer different food each night but have the same staples (chicken, salad, pizza, etc). The best is being able to use your points at the creamery

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being a state school, the campus draws from many of the towns nearby. There are alot of people from outside of the country so it is cool to meet people of different cultures.

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James Bunting
Hometown
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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