Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneA+
- Campus FoodA
- Student LifeA+
Penn State is ...
NCAA Division I-A
Big Ten Conference
Penn State Rankings
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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
Data not available
- 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?
Based on 267 responsesReport
After Penn State
- Very Good2277
Two words: WE ARE! My overall experience at Penn State was priceless. From the packed 100,000 football stadium, to THON and everything in between, I know I made the right decision by coming to Penn State. From freshman year to senior year, I've had two international internships, multiple full time job offers, and numerous volunteer experiences. Penn State is a city in itself where all 45,000 students share the same school pride. When I reminisce about my four years at Penn State, I think of the tailgates, heavy course load, and amazing professors who made my time worthwhile. I would choose this school in a heartbeat--in fact, I could live here forever.
- College Senior
- 8 months ago
Professors are very willing to help students. The courses allow you to double major, most students finish in 4-5 years. There are resources for challenging courses but with so many students at times it can be difficult to get help. It is mainly a matter of managing your time and getting to know people in the same classes so that you all can help one another. The professors are attentive and most are very passionate about the subjects they teach. Asking them questions is one of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give to incoming students. Professors can be intimidating because of their expertise in a topic but they want to help! The general education requirements are manageable and supplement your major well. You can choose your own level of difficulty and what interests you.
- College Freshman
- 9 months ago
"The Public Ivies" immediately makes you feel as if you were one of their very own blood-kinship. Every single person, intructor, and other employees have all gone to great lengths to make sure that every single individual college students are fully satisfied and in understanding of all matters relating to your degree, intended degree and are very fast in returning any question you may have for the faculty or any other employee that is a part of the PSU "Family". They are very understanding and patient with students such as myself who suffer from physical and sometimes mental difficulties. Many other of the Online colleges, one of which I had transferred from, didn't even have a Dissabilities Department that could or would have helped m,e anyway, and that is the answer I received from many of the online schools. After extensive researching for years, I found PSU to be the only one who could or would help students with MS being just one of my health issues. The others all just made empty promioses period and I had to find that ouit the hard way. PSU is the best Online option out there for anyone, whether they have disabilities or not!
- College Junior
- Oct 23 2015