The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    Academics balanced with partying
  2. 2
    Enormous school spirit
  3. 3
    Penn State football: "The Greatest Show in College Sports" - Sports Illustrated
  4. 4
    The beautiful central Pennsylvania surroundings
  5. 5
  6. 6
    Incredible professors and faculty
  7. 7
    Nationwide presence of alumni
  8. 8
    State-of-the-art technology and facilities
  9. 9
    State College nightlife
  10. 10
    Overall safe campus

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
92% of students return after their first year.
Proven Success
86% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
95% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
78% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
55% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
54% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Safe Campus
53% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Campus Pride
56% of students surveyed said that they love everything about the school and have a lot of campus pride.
Highly Satisfied Students
83% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
68% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Strong Alumni Network
86% of students surveyed said the alumni network is very strong and involved in activities on campus.
Vibrant Social Scene
75% of students surveyed agreed that there are lots of popular activities around campus every day.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 51/49 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.

Worst Of

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    Isolated rural location
  2. 2
    Sparse, expensive, and difficult parking
  3. 3
    Frigid winters
  4. 4
    Lack of diversity
  5. 5
    Tough to develop relationship with teachers
  6. 6
    Most expensive public school in the country
  7. 7
    Alcohol-centered culture
  8. 8
    Uneasy, tenuous relationship between the students and the locals
  9. 9
    East Halls can be a tough place to live
  10. 10
    Sharing your campus with more than 40,000 other students
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