University Park, PA
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Reviews 4649 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is very diverse here at PSU. There are 40,000 students from all over the United States and all over the world. Even so, I see white people 85% of the time. If I do see another racial group, they tend to hang out with each other. I have never encountered anyone who is not tolerant of someone from another race, which is good.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Depending on the time of day, it may be hard or easy to find a parking spot.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is quite big on athletics. Many know Penn State for our football games which are amazing. We have so many hardworking, determined players.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Very clean, good environment and easy to get to other places.

College Junior

Majors: I actually plan to do an internship this semester. I am working with our on base psychologist to develop one based on the requirements set out by Penn State. So far it looks like it will be a good program. The main benefit to this is that you can develop your own program within the contructs laid out to meet your needs.

3 College Junior

Majors: If I could do it over again, I would take all my credits from Penn State. Since this is a Psychology degree and only a Bachelors, the career opportunities are limited. I plan to attend Graduate school to increase my career chances.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options of restaurants here at State College. There is plenty of pizza, fast food, Indian and Asian restaurants. There are sit down restaurants and places where you can grab food and go. There are a huge variety of dessert options as well including the famous Berkey Creamery on campus and downtown options including Kiwi yogurt, Rita's and Campus Candy. Prices are generally reasonable and every month certain places give special discounts to students.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty expensive at Penn State, but there's almost always somewhere to park except for move-in days and huge game days. You definitely don't need a car if you're living on campus or downtown, everything is a short walk or bus ride away.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not into Greek Life personally but it's pretty big here at PSU. As a freshman, a lot of people on your dorm room floor will be rushing and you'll get to see what the process is like. I advise watching someone else go through the process first to see if it's for you, because it's a big time commitment. Most people who want to get into a greek organization are able to and they really enjoy themselves.

The best part of Greek Life at PSU is THON! The largest student run philanthropy in the world is right here at PSU and one of the easiest ways to get involved is through Greek Life.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Freshmen don't pick majors, so fun to try out different stuff. Lots of choices.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not easy to get merit scholarships, and stricter definition of financial need than I consider.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Good diversity of looks, interests. Easy to find someone to hangout with.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food and dining options on campus are great. There are a total of four dining commons and a lot of options within each. All of the dining commons accommodate for special dietary needs such as vegetarian and gluten free option. No matter where you are on campus, there are great food options all around.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: We have really cold and snowy winters here. However, the campus does a great job with keeping the sidewalks cleared so it is easy to get to class. The fall and spring are the best though. Everyone rushes outside and there is always a game of Frisbee going on.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at PSU is available for students of all ages. There's always something going on downtown!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many international students study at the university and you see people of various backgrounds continuously all around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unfortunately my academic college within the university had very few scholarship opportunities

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Honestly, the dining halls are always mixing it up. And if you ever get tired of those, you have all the cafes around campus to go to. I won't lie, sometimes it may seem as if the dining halls get lazy and you may see some of the previous meals pop back up, but never too much to the point where you get totally sick at the thought of it. Almost all the cafes are made-to-order. So you can have what you want, how you want it, when you want it. And that's great for me.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: If there's one thing anyone knows about Penn State, it's about the football team. But that's not the only sports we're excellent at; we've been top 15 in varsity basketball, gymnastics, swimming, and so much more. A few of our fencing team members went on to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As an international student, it's basically impossible for me to acquire funds from the school. However, there are many in-state students that have below a 3.00CGPA that manage to get scholarships. And it's very easy for them also. You can simply just fill out a FAFSA and get a scholarship as well as Financial Aid.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Penn State has a wonderful campus life. Whatever your need, I guarantee there is something on campus to satisfy what you're looking for. There are countless food joints, places to study, and areas to spend time with your friends. No matter the day of the week, there is always something to do. At Penn State, there are numerous activities and group organizations to take part in. The opportunities are endless!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Nothing makes me more excited than going to Penn State sporting games. I love football season, but I have also fallen in love with women's volleyball, field hockey, gymnastics, and soccer as well. Going to Beaver Stadium for a football game is an unforgettable experience!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a little bit of financial aid, but definitely not as much as I was hoping for. It's based mostly on need/

4 College Junior

Academics: Landscape Architecture is an extremely challenging and excellent major.

3 College Junior

Academics: I give a B only because some professors are so scattered, they know their stuff but not how to teach it. However I cant say enough about my counsellor.


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James Bunting
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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