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University Park, PA
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37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4635 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: One of the things Penn State is known for is its Greek Life! It is very strong and active at University Park and is starting to branch out to the smaller campuses as well. You don't need to be a member to have a great time there but it doesn't hurt!

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: It's a big campus but I've never felt unsafe there. There is a large police presence that keeps an eye out for the public. They have been a little more diligent after the Sandusky scandal.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs are there if you're looking for them but there are multiple student and civic groups that are very active in stopping drug and alcohol use on campus. The dismantling of State Patty's Day is a good example of this.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It will go from being sunny one minute to pooring rain the next. the weather is very unpredictable

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Huge college town and so many ways to get involved.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't see many drugs around penn state. you have to go out of your way to do drugs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good every where except East Dining Commons. Althoug East has good variety. Pollock doesn't have much variety, but its good.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very lively. There is always something to do on and off campus. Sports are very popular, and the school has a build an exciting culture around them. The only downside are the high expenses of tuition and student living.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think there is a very high safety when it comes to drugs but there are always some kids who could receive drugs from home and bring it into campus

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is not the greatest. Usually you have to pay anywhere you want to park. Visitors are limited to specific parking garages, and all of the lots require costly annual fees.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The community of State College has a fantastic small-town atmosphere, but it is filled with things to do. There is never a dull moment. Shopping, plenty of places to eat, parties, etc.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of guys and girls on campus, ones from different races and personalities. Their style ranges from comfy/casual to gothic to high fashion. A lot of the students on campus are also attractive.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: state college is beautiful!! and the community is very polite and generous

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: not a big drug scene, however during certain events penn state is known to show off their acoholic behaviors

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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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