Guys & Girls

Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Like any typical school

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: So many of the people here are just ugly! But there are nice people too. Some are good-looking, but they tend to be shallow.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Majority of students are very active and are in great shape. The typical look for girls are yoga pants/leggings and a tshirt/tank. You can most of the times look at a guy or girl and automatically tell that they're involved in Greek-life. THON is the biggest interest on campus (GET involved freshmen year, you'll regret it if you don't). Campus and downtown is busy at all times of the day. When the weather nice, you'll see plenty of joggers to make you want to go to the gym.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Again, because Penn State is so large, we have a huge diversity of people. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations that students can join in order to meet and interact with people just like them. As far as an overall generalization... there's no such thing at Penn State! Everyone is themselves, and that's what makes the culture so special.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will always find people you like to be with

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Party Girls
  • 28th
    Party Guys
  • 45th
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 50th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 55th
    Hottest Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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Considering that there are 40,000 young people on campus, you’re bound to find someone you think is hot, and vice versa. If there’s no one in your immediate vicinity, keep your eyes open during class, at the HUB, and downtown. Girls tend to take more pride in their appearance (or are just more interested in attracting attention) than guys do, so they tend to be better looking and generally have a more “put-together” appearance. On a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, the majority of girls get pretty dressed up, guys make themselves presentable, and people look to meet each other.

True to the party school stigma, students seem to lean towards “hookups” or casual relationships, rather than more serious connections. It’s also been a tradition that the student body gets hotter in the spring, when clothes come off and the lawns are crowded with sunbathers, athletes and others. You must remember that with the amount of alcohol flowing through Penn State, it can become difficult to figure out who’s hot and who isn’t, regardless of what conventional standards or common sense might tell you.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
46%
Male Undergrads
54%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Student Health Center. You can call (814) 863-0774 or visit www.sa.psu.edu/uhs to schedule an appointment.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The HUB
  2. Old Main lawn on a nice day
  3. Bars
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Bars
  2. Frats
  3. Your dorm
Social Scene
Most students quickly find their own social niche on campus, whether it's partying downtown four nights a week, or spending the weekend at the game fairs in the HUB. The majority of the students seem to prefer the former. Though the HUB is packed on weekends and the free movies can be difficult to get into at times, the downtown scene, frats, and apartment parties are more popular. Penn State is a party school, and students largely turn to drinking for their entertainment.
Hookups or Relationships?
Relationships have been known to happen on campus, of course, but on the average Friday or Saturday night, many students seem to look for Mr. or Mrs. Right Now, rather than Mr. or Mrs. Right.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
For freshmen, the bus is a great place to meet people on weekends. Odds are, most of them are heading in the same general direction to Frat Row or Beaver Avenue. And when 2 a.m. rolls around, those same people are back on the bus heading home to East Halls. It is not tough to strike up a, "Hey, where are you guys going?" conversation. For the 21-and-over crowd, the bars are where the most action takes place. Cellblock and Indigo are clubs where it is easy to find a dance partner for the night. Bars like Café 210 and Pickles have a little more relaxed atmosphere where it is easier to talk.

Dress Code
Individuality is encouraged but rarely put into practice. Unfortunately, trends and fads usually take control of the scene. North Face jackets, Uggs, and leggings dominate campus. The most important thing to keep in mind is dress warm! You will not get laughed at for wearing funny pants or a purple shirt. You will get laughed at for wearing shorts in 20 degree weather. Do not be that guy (or girl).

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 197 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 198 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 221 responses

  • 22% Casual dating at your school
  • 20% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 15% None
  • 15% Long-distance relationship
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 8% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 36 responses

  • 31% Parties
  • 24% Social events
  • 15% Any organized event
  • 12% Bars
  • 11% The HUB
  • 6% Old Main lawn on a nice day
  • 1% Clubs

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 69% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 40 responses

  • 40% Joining Organizations
  • 26% Living on campus
  • 21% Class
  • 13% Greek life

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 49 responses

  • 78% We are...Penn State
  • 14% Pride
  • 6% Let's Party
  • 2% Tryna

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 221 responses

  • 2% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 3% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 20% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 75% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

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