Penn State Summary

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Basic Statistics

University Park, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
52 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Academics balanced with partying
  • Enormous school spirit
  • Penn State football: "The Greatest Show in College Sports" - Sports Illustrated
  • The beautiful central Pennsylvania surroundings

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Isolated rural location
  • Sparse, expensive, and difficult parking
  • Frigid winters
  • Lack of diversity

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Penn State Student Reviews

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Scholarships: There is very little to no financial aid offered at this University which is somewhat problematic for many out of state students.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are many sports celebrated at Penn State. Students love to cheer on their team and all sorts of student organizations participate in club sports and intramurals.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although there is some diversity, the campus is still mostly white and tends to follow very American customs.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are so many options of places and people to party with whether it be a bar or club if you are over 21 or an apartment or a classic frat party.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a great deal of apartments both very close to the school or a short bus ride away and also a large spectrum of price points to choose from.


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