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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
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Reviews 4218 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Sophomore

Diversity: Because I am an online student therefore my campus is my home.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The campus I attend in all online so therefore doesn't affect me.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It is not fully convenient for all students. Specially for the first year students.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking at my school is alright, everyone has space, but it's not huge or anything

5 College Junior

Facilities: There is plenty to do with many clubs to join - I actually found myself in 2 officer positions for 2 clubs and love it. There is plenty offered for if a night in without the usual college partying is needed with plenty of school spirit all over campus.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: We experience every kind of weather in every season.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are no good restaurants close to the university. There are some in the city.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is amazing! I love our museum ! i think that its really pretty and we have our own Starbucks right on campus and one down town and i think thats pretty cool.

4 College Freshman

Academics: They offer so many different types of classes that allows every student to be able to try new and interesting things that they might want to major in. Classes or okay and the professors are usually really nice and really good at explaining things.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It can get really really cold and tends to snow a lot in the winter. Spring and Falls are beautiful though

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received sufficient aid and was relatively easy to get

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a huge drug scene but drinking is very prevelant

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Penn State is huge! While I'm not in it for reasons out of my control (I would've if I could've), I have plenty of friends who are and they're great people. Some can be a little stuck up, but most of them are good and there's always a party to go to as long as your ratios good (tons of girls per guy) or you know someone inside.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Penn State has a wide variety of off-campus dining options and tons of options when you're looking for something late at night and on the weekends. When it comes to quality, it's really nothing special. Some of the restaurants, The Corner Room, for example, that everyone makes a good deal about...really aren't that great!
What is comes down to is the great drunk food you can get late at night, because let's face it, Penn State is one of the best party school in the country. I'd give drunk food an A+ rating, if that was a category.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: some of the dorms can be a little bigger like pollock and pennypacker

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses running all the time but on some days they may get backed up and you may have minimal time between classes to wait for them

4 College Freshman

Computers: there are mac computers and dell computers they are very fast and very accessible

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are great dining options off campus but near by. Not just restaurants that can be found everywhere. There are cafes, sandwich shops, and many other great places to try.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do around campus. Places to shop, eat, and hang out. Anything that you need you can find in the area. There are rare occasions with racial issues but the good overshadows the bad in those cases.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather changes a lot. It flip flops between decent and cold weather. It makes it hard to dress appropriately.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls on campus seem well maintained and dress well.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The fin aid is good however when it somes to scholarships you really have to dig deep. Do your research

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Unfortuneately I am not in greek life but I do know they have a great presence when it comes to THON and fundraising for it

3 College Senior

Transportation: The public bus system is very good. They are consantly reinventing the way a passenger can travel. From busses to cars to vans, the transportation at PSU is very good. Additionally the bus schedule and capacity and very flexible and take into consideration rush hours. The fare is also a reasonable price.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: I can say with 100 percent certainty that on-campus dining options at Penn State, main campus, are amazing. Penn State literally has five different dining commons: North, South, East, West, and Pollock. Each dining commons belongs to their respective residence areas, however, students from any residence area can dine at whichever commons they choose. Having five different dining halls to choose from means that you can never get bored! Each commons also has many fresh and healthy options to choose from, in case you are worried about the dreaded Freshman 15! There are also a number of convienience stores on campus at which you can purchase snacks, drinks, frozen foods, pre-made salads and sandwiches, and much more.

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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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