University Park, PA
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Reviews 4696 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have bus shuttles that take you across campus and downtown, which is very convenient because campus is huge and it can take a while to get from class to class. As for the buses that venture away from campus, I am satisfy as there are buses to pretty much all the places that matter.

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoyed the major however job placement is on the low end.

College Junior

Majors: I will have an internship, but I haven't gotten to that point, yet.

College Junior

Scholarships: Haven't received a a thing....still waiting for my FA summary

3 College Senior

Transportation: There are several ways to get to where you're going! A lot of students are friendly and willing to give you a ride, but there are also city buses, cabs and an airport..

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: All of the dorms I've seen are clean and appear to be safe with plenty of lighting inside and out. The students are very friendly and there's plenty of interesting places to check out. I'd say value-wise, it's a good deal, but I hope to be moving soon. The football season will bring a lot of parties and noise, and I need silence when I study. I love the surroundings: traditional gothic-style college architecture and huge trees!

5 College Junior

Majors: I love this program! Very flexible and fun! Where else do you get to make movies for class credit?

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into the Film and Video Production Major is relatively easy as long as you take the prerequisite classes. There is a portfolio requirement, but you simply attach a creative work that you've done in your prerequisite classes and an essay or two.

4 College Junior

Majors: As a film major, there are so many opportunities for internships. Media companies are constantly looking for interns because media is a huge part of the way people interact today. Finding an internship is not difficult at all.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm a Film and Video Production major. This major is fun, but it is very time- consuming with editing and filming. There a lot of great professors that really encourage you to grow as an artist with a specific style and vision. The Alumni network and Penn State's reputation really enables students to get jobs right out of the Major.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Penn State Main is a beautiful campus with top-notch buildings and facilities. It offers a plethora of student activities while upholding the greatest school spirit. The athletics are exceptional, and the student section was voted among the top in the nation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Meal plans at Penn State are efficient and convenient. The food is always of good quality, and there is always a wide variety to choose from.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Attending school has been a financial struggle for my family. Local scholarships do not provide enough funds to cover a state school costs, and it is difficult to be awarded financial aid from a big school like Penn State.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The student body is one of great unity and pride at Penn State. Students are spirited and uphold the tradition and prestige of the university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computer labs at Penn State are usually crowded at crunch times, like midterms and finals, but other than that, space is usually available. The college has several computer labs and a great deal of technological resources available to students.

5 College Junior

Parking: My experience for last two years with with PSU Berks. Parking was free and there was plenty of it! Had my car out there since freshman year and it was so very convenient! Loved it!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Was at Berks Campus for two years so my experience right now is with them. The dining hall was good, the food was very good. It was always open when you needed it. The meal plan I got was perfect, not too much, not too little. Definitely no room for complaints.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of places to eat, no matter what you're in the mood for you're almost guaranteed to find some good eats!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: State College has a variety of apartment choices, and all give a variety of amenities that help the students with their studies.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is awesome, its not too far away from campus but far enough that you feel like your away and get to relax. Most of my friends live off campus and we see each other on campus or hang out in each others dorm rooms. Its really nice because they usually have gyms if you want to work out and the staff is very helpful

3 College Senior

Computers: There are usually computers available all over campus but during exam times or when you want to be sure you can study bring your own laptop

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: When ever you need to be seen by a doctor they have really nice system and you can always call and speak to a nurse. Very friendly place

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are really good, even when its busy you will not wait to long to be served and the food is always amazing, reminds me of being back in city in NYC. Great places to eat, study or catch up with friends. Friendly workers and just a nice enviornment.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There really is a huge variety of people at Penn State, especially at the University Park campus, because that is where the majority of our international students go. Each group brings something new to Penn State and we have a lot of clubs that celebrate different cultures. The guys and girls are generally all pretty awesome and you can certainly meet a lot of different characters.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The kinds of food that they have can vary, but are sometimes more expensive if you eat in the cafes and stations that are not the buffets. The buffets get very repetitive, but at least most things taste okay. However, being vegetarian is kind of a drag given the lack of variety and sometimes quality of the vegetarian options.


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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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