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Reviews 5160 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Academics: Penn State has many excellent educational programs, some of which rank among the best in the country. I was originally an astronomy/astrophysics major but change to statistics; both programs have excellent courses and professors. The classes are challenging, but interesting. The workload can get a bit heavy at times, but this is outweighed by the benefit of being enrolled in a great program/course.

4 College Senior

Academics: Faculty are available and willing to help. The program is one of the top programs in the country and I feel that I am getting a good education here. There is a lot more work than I expected in Grad school, but I feel that I am learning what I need to learn and will be a good counselor after because of it.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Penn State offers the Cata Bus system which is great for students! It is free to travel around campus, but for a small fee you can go off campus to the movies, mall, walmart, etc.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Security Measures – Penn State has "call buttons" around down town and on campus to ensure students' safety. They are lit up and readily available to any walker who may be in need of help.

5 College Senior

Academics: Penn State offers an incredible amount of options to students. there are plenty of organizations for anybody to join.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Penn State is--in a word--diverse; any race and religion you can think of, Penn State's got it. For this reason, Penn State's a pretty tolerant school--everyone feels welcome and relaxed.

4 College Senior

Academics: English Field Lacking, but Professors Make the Most of It – This may not be a fair judgment considering that Penn State is having financial trouble at the moment. The English department has unfortunately faced some cuts in professors and classes--many of these are on subjects that I wish to pursue. However, though the subject matter and reading material is limited at this point in time, the professors take special care to get to know their students and to create a relaxed but productive atmosphere by encouraging discussion and critical thinking. They strive to make the best of their situation.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not So Great – Understandable that they are a big school and therefore it's hard to give out scholarships, but I thought financial aid would be a little more helpful to my family than it actually was.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe in Happy Valley – Penn State is referred to as Happy Valley for a reason. I feel totally safe on campus here. I know there have been instances of theft or pranks, but I feel like the campus security tries to take care of issues as efficiently as possible.

4 College Junior

Academics: Art Education Student – I am an Art Education major in Penn State's college of Arts and Architecture. I have been taught by some of the most influential professors and authors in the Art Education field and have enjoyed learning from them and getting to know them on a personal level. Understanding and learning from their personal experiences and diverse methods will be extremely beneficial to me as a new teacher. I am looking forward to the student teaching that Penn State offers in hope of getting a job when education is complete. The most difficult part about being in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State is the apparent lack of funding for the studio facilities.

4 College Student

Campus Food: Love the HUB – I eat at the HUB almost three times a week. There's a pretty big selection. My recommendation is to find a seat first, then get your food. Also, downtown is within walking distance. Literally across the lawn from the HUB which has everything imaginable.

4 College Student

Technology: More Labs Than I Can Count – With a school this size, it's no wonder that there seems to be a computer lab in every building. Also, the tech support is phenomenal!!! They've helped me with both my Asus Eee PC and my Macbook Pro.

4 College Student

Academics: Professors Going the Extra Mile – I have to say that the professors are extremely accessible and completely willing to assist with all needs of their students.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The Penn State Student Aid Office is great at putting you in debt. Scholarships don't exist, unless you are in the Honors College, but even that is pretty low relative to tuition. Need loans and don't mind being in bondage to debt for 20 years? This is the place for you!

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2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Only Flaw: Massive Alcoholism – School policies are very lax, to the point that there is massive alcoholism and punishments are almost non-existent. Alcohol is not bad on its own, but the students here are typically out of control and rather in danger of injuring their lives through alcohol abuse.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Good School, but Don't Get Lost in the Crowd – I have taken classes in a wide variety of departments. Most professors genuinely care about their students, but a student can easily be lost in the throng if they don't make an effort to get to know professors. The school has a good reputation, as far as job hunting goes. The curriculum is very thorough and the workload neither light nor burdensome. All in all, it is a great school.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It Works for Me – I like the small, coziness of the campus. It's close to home, competitively priced, has a good program for my major, and has good name recognition. Penn State York works for me, and I would choose it again.

3 College Senior

Parking: Good, If No Show at the Pullo – There are several lots which are fairly convenient, but they close one of the main ones down if there's a show at the Pullo Center.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are a handful of minority groups on campus. The students there are predominantly Caucasian. However, the college is very good at promoting culturally diversity by having events to engage all of the students.

4 College Senior

Local Area: There is a mall down the street from the school. It has just about everything a college student would need. Next to the mall is a supermarket and a movie theater. Students spend there free time between classes going to the mall. The area is safe with frequent patrolling from cops in the area. And there are a several restaurants near the mall.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Best School Ever – For the glory, of old state, for her founders strong and great, for the future that we wait dear old state, dear old state. Sing our love and loyalty, sing our hopes set bright and free, rest o mother dear with thee, all with thee, all with thee. When we stood at childhood's gate, shapeless in the hands of fate, thou didst mold us dear old state, dear old state, dear old state. May no act of ours bring shame, to one heart that LOVES thy name, may our lives but swell thy fame, dear old state, dear old state.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good Options – Around the Uni you will find a variety of fast food joints that fits everyone's needs.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather is difficult to predict and it typically gets cold early and stays cold for a longer time. Winters are brutal, and although heavy snowfall does happen, class cancellation does not. It's a long walk to class in the snow.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Small, but a Nice Community – Let's face it, living in a tiny room with another person is never going to be terribly pleasant. Aside from that, the rooms are pretty clean and have heat, but no air conditioning. The nice thing about living on campus is that it's close to classes and there is typically a nice floor community at your fingertips.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Available, but at a Cost – Living off campus is a great alternative to living in the dorms. It's best found by shopping around at your local realty offices or looking at ads in the newspaper. Unfortunately, it seems like landlords prey upon college students and know that they can lease a crappy apartment for an exorbitant price. Parking is practically nonexistent and if you want a parking space for the year, be prepared to pay a lot.


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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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