Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneA+
- Campus FoodA
- Student LifeA+
Penn State is ...
NCAA Division I-A
Big Ten Conference
Penn State Rankings
Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.398 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.412 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.408 responses
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
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- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.484 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.582 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
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After Penn State
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.275 responses
- Very Good2288
I enjoy attending Penn State University. I decided to go to their online campus, Penn State World Campus, as I live in Illinois instead of Pennsylvania. I attended a two year college after graduating high school and received my associates degree in social sciences; however, I was unable to further my education at the time. A few years later, I was a mother of a one year old, currently pregnant and working at a Domestic Violence Agency; I found the thought of continuing my education scary. Penn State has made it easy for myself and my family. Now, after two years I will be graduating this December and I am so thankful!
- 11 days ago
Overall, I love being at Penn State. The environment is so uplifting and there are so many opportunities or clubs that you can pursue. With such large numbers, you can find so many new friends. You just have to put yourself out there because everyone is in the same boat as you. Almost every professor I have had is great and will work with you if you are struggling. Watch out for TAs that are teaching the class because sometimes they don't know what they are doing. Altogether, the only other problem I have ever had was getting a hold of someone in billing to talk to them. You have to go there because the phone lines almost never go through. Other than that, Penn State has brightened my spirits and made me excited to strive for my future. Afterall, we are... PENN STATE!
- 11 days ago
Penn State is a great school. It is a big school, yet it is not hard to find your own niche in the community. The academics are challenging but you do learn something, as long as you get a good professor that is. In my honest opinion half the teachers there are some of the best teachers I have ever had, and the other half lack the qualifications to teach kindergarten. Social life is amazing at Penn State. Bars are strict, so if you are not 21 you are not going to get in, but this honestly is not a big deal. Football games at Penn State are like no other school. You have never been to a tailgate until you tailgate in happy valley. Plus the atmosphere in Beaver Stadium, the fourth biggest stadium in the world, is electrifying! I highly recommend going to a game so you can experience it for yourself.
- 18 days ago