University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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Reviews 4696 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful girls all over with amazing bodies. Many people are willing to go out and have a good time. Many are suprisingly smart and can hold a nice conversation.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't think this school has a "drug problem" but the alcohol consumption can get a little out of hand sometimes. I really haven't witnessed any heavy drug use in my time here. But also, that's not exactly my crowd.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Honestly, I love it here! I have had only one professor I wasn't happy with in my time here and campus life is great! The white building and workout classes are super nice. There are lots of good food joints in the area, as well as places to shop, meet up with friends, and study, or even some combination of the above. The campus is beautiful and I spend a ton of time studying in the arboretum. Overall, this place gets high marks in my book :)

2 College Senior

Weather: The weather is completely unpredictable a lot of the time. Classes are never cancelled for snow, and it snows a lot! There is also a lot of rain. The three weeks of nice weather we have at the beginning and end of the semester are gorgeous though.

5 College Senior

Academics: I'm in the College of Health and Human Development studying Kinesiology. There are a few classes that are quite difficult, but you definitely learn a lot. Some professors are more helpful than other. If you put the effort in to getting to know your professors, they can really help you out for internships, recommendations, and networking.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am majoring in Elementary Education and during my last semester, I will be student teaching. I feel that this program is very beneficial for future teachers because it helps them get their feet wet and experience what it will be like to be in a classroom. As a student teacher, I will be working with a classroom of students, and I will be mentored by a classroom teacher. I will also be responsible for lesson plans and any other activities the teacher needs me to help with.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am at Penn State University, and I feel that the education I am getting is one of the best. Many of my teachers have held jobs in the education field, and they share insight about struggles they faced and mistakes they made. They also have a lot of great tips and strategies to use as a new teacher. I also love the small class sizes that I have. I feel that I can get to know my professor better and vice versa.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major at Penn State is Criminology. Being a student in this major is farely easy..for now. I'm only a freshman so my work load isn't too hard yet. Not to say I expect it to be easy but I know it won't be as hard as, say a Biology or Chemistry major. The school provides you with different classes to choose from and even internships that you can use for credit.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: I love the "Cata Buses" on campus. They are very convienent because the stops are located all around campus not just in designated areas. The best part about it is that it is totally free!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: night life is what you make of it, there are tons of clubs that have activities, free movies at the pub and some under 21 clubs for the weekend. fun is what you make of it

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: this is a nice city area. there are a ton of places "downtown" where you can drink dance bowl play laser tag or pool. The student body is always watching a movie at the hub or enjoying a free concert. Or maybe even Carry Underwood when she comes in at the Bryce Jordan Center. there is plenty of school spirit too "WE ARE... PENN STATE!"

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are so many attractive guys and girls on campus and they all have very good personalities of course like any campus you have the nerds and the preppy people but overall a very spirited student body. Everyone is always ready to have a good time but study when it needed.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Penn State is known for its legendary football program, however that isn't all it has to offer. We have excellent wrestling, women's basketball, volleyball, and many other top quality sports at Penn State. There's something for everyone. There are many club and IM sports for students to take part in as well.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm satisfied with my program. The education is great, but I am required to change campuses yearly, between first year branch campus, main campus, Hershey medical center, and then back to main. If I was more aware of the hassle ahead of time, I would have gone elsewhere. As a nursing major, I am guaranteed a job anywhere. I do want to return to school to ideally become a Nurse Practitioner.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: During the week, security is fine I guess because everyone is in class or at home studying. However, on the evening weekends watch out. If you are a female you will be verbally harassed by your drunk male classmates. The cops don't really care that you're intoxicated as long as you don't puke in the bathroom or pass out somewhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a nursing major. The program is intense and very competitive. It is a lot of hard work, but the professors are caring & always willing to help. My favorite part of the major is that our clinicals are off campus giving us a unique chance to learn hands-on in the field. Even when we are in the lab though, we have state of the art equipment preparing us to be the best nurses possible. Mary Ellen, my clinical instructor even told me where to apply to get a job this summer. Score!

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Campus rules are very clearly defined and there will be repercussions if you do not comply.

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4 College Student

Campus Dining: Actual dining hall food is okay. If you get tired of eating in the halls, many of the downtown places accept Lioncash as well. However, this can take a toll on your meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the process of fulfilling my entrance to major requirements. I'm almost there and so long as I maintain a solid GPA I'll be automatically entered. I didn't transfer any credits, so I started from scratch. They do a great job of keeping you on track with your degree audits and the advisors are very good about giving meaningful feedback to your course selections and their appropirateness. The most important criteria for entrance are your high school GPA (and quality of courses taken) or your previous college credits and GPA.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are top notch, from the design quality of the courses to the professors and even your fellow students. Professors are always available for questions and my experiences with them have been extremely positive. The courses can be challenging, but generally fair. You never feel like you are being cheated or just going through the motions. You earn your grades and each course prepares you for the next in line. I've seen several students complain about the rigor of some courses, at times, but if you are willing to put in your time and focus your studies, success is achievable. It is a great school and one which I feel very proud to be associated.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The best places to eat are generally on campus in the dining halls/other food options. Off campus, there arent a ton of places students usually go other than some pretty good restaurants, which can be pricey.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: One think that I think many students tend to overlook at Penn State is the state of the art science and engineering labs we have here. Penn State just finished an incredible building within the last 2 years called the Millennium Science Complex here; it has dozens of labs for the biological and life sciences and materials science and engineering. I give tours over there for visiting prospective students; the building is incredible and just goes to show how many talented faulty and students we have here in the science and engineering disciplines. This building is in addition to the dozens of others we have on campus, but I really feel this one exemplifies the hard work and research that goes on here every single day.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing here at Penn State main can be a hit or miss, depending on the location and how much money you're willing to throw down. There are tons of beautiful apartments in the State College area; some of them are a few miles off campus though and require you to take a bus or car to commute to classes. But these tend to be the nicer apartments and more expensive. You can get some really great deals on apartments right on the main street of College ave, basically a few steps over from the dorm housing, for good deals. However, these apartments tend to be less fancy and a lot louder during the week.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The student life at Penn State is nicely supported by all the amenities the school provides for us. In terms of athletic centers, the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver stadium for the basketball and football games are state of the art. There are various gyms and workout facilities on campus, as well as the McCoy Natatorium, tracks, and tennis courts. I think the school does a great job at providing opportunities for their students to stay in top shape; gym memberships are only $100 for an an entire academic year and you have access to many different facilities with that membership.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school is strict as needed...some situations can be explained and prevented for the next time

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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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