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

Weather: The weather is bipolar. It snows a lot and classes never get cancelled, so make sure you have snow boots!

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is decent however it is rather expensive. The university discourages people who live on campus from having cars and parking permits can be difficult to acquire. But if you really have to have a car, you most certainly can. You definitely don't need a car though. The public transportation system is excellent and campus and town are very walkable.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're into partying, drinking, and otherwise being irresponsible, then Penn State is your place. There are parties every night and there is always a place to go drink. Transportation is simple with the CATA buses or just walking into town, which is right next to campus. But just because there is a ton of partying doesn't mean it's the only thing to do. The university does a good job of having on campus activities for people not interested in binging on booze.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big issue here. Drinking, however, is and almost everyone does it. The university does it's best to prevent it, alcohol is banned on campus whether you are of age or not. But people drink all the time and town on almost any night is full of drunk people and loud intoxicated people. It's not intrusive on the education but it does put a damper on the social scene if you're not into the binge drinking thing.

2 College Freshman

Weather: In the spring and summer (when it isn't raining) it is beautiful. The weather is very on and off. It is raining or snowing or it is beautiful. It definitely is a school that has seasons.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoyed my program, I went onto a doctorate program that PSU didn't offer. I felt i was fairly prepared with the information that I learned. I was an animal bioscience major which is now no longer offered and termed veterinary biomedical sciences.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I love the nightlife but I also didn't go to school there while I was under 21. There are plenty of bars for a wide variety of places to attend. There are a few options for under 21 though I don't know the details on them, But there a place for everyone

3 College Freshman

Computers: They are usually fairly crowded especially during exam time. But the wait time is minimal and usually able to get in and out.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live off campus and get there early enough it is fine, if you don't have morning classes it can be a bit more difficult and require you to leave a bit extra time to hunt for a spot. If you live on campus parking is a bit further away but i don't really feel like it is totally necessary. There is a bus system in place which makes it possible not not have a car

1 College Junior

Weather: It snows A LOT. One minute the sun is shining brightly, the next minute it's a blizzard and when I say the "next minute" I mean the next minute. But the campus is beautiful no matter the weather

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of guys: city boys, ravers, rednecks, and lots of good ol' country boys, too. The girls are pretty much just Jersey girls. They are incredibly hot, for the most part. If you aren't from around here, it'll take a little while to get used to the accent.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: College does not provide financial aid for middle income families. They really need to work on this. I and my friends are taking out such big loans. FOr a college that has alot of alumni financial support, they need to have more scholarships or opportunities for middle income families.

Financial aid is the worst

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The community supports the school. It is just at the mall the business workers give attitudes to foreign students. The town needs these students. Without the college, their income would suffer.

For a diverse college, the community needs to be aware that their shoppers will be from many ethnic backgrounds.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have had a problem with someone from the community taking a knife and hurting people. The school alerts us. Alot of drinking at night. Use cabs to get you home. Do not take public transportation.

Stay with a group.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Generally, the campus isn't that strict on most things. However, underage drinking in is a big problem here and the police are quick to crack down on it. Honestly, if you can avoid drinking until you're twenty-one, it will save you a lot of headaches

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Usually, its difficult for people to receive financial aid unless they have amazing grades coming in or their family is very low in income. Most of the people I know here only received loan offers; grants and scholarships are comparatively rare unless one goes for big ones that are program specific, like engineering.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a huge amount of different races and religions at PSU. I've met people from the U.K., Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, India, and more, the most numerous of these being Chinese. A lot of people come here from China, and its awesome to experience so many people from a place unlike our own.

Groups on campus are easy to come by. We have numerous groups dedicated to sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, and hobbies. If you can think of a club, we probably have it! Heck, I saw a poster for a club yesterday that was specifically for Gay gamers (cleverly referred to as "Gaymers").

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food id good around campus but epensive. We eat with friends who cook dinner.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: College town. Everything you need is on campus. Housing is expensive and hard to get.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: it can be cold, I do not have a car and walk everywhere or stand to wait for busses. A down coat is a must. classes are not cancelled

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: My social life revolves around frat and sorority life - love it. I have friends not in greek life- they are involved with Thon (a frat in its own)- all are happy

5 College Sophomore

Computers: fine- when my printer broke- I was able to print- my dorm is by the computer lab- no problems

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: love the social life related around the frats and sororities

College Sophomore

Parking: not necessary for a car on campus when you live on campus

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty present on campus and yet, it isn't a big deal if you aren't in a frat or sorority.

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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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