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| learn how to work the system or else you will suffer. i'm an undergrad engineering and they will WEED you out. average for all math/science related lecture courses are in the 40%-50% range and will only curve to a 70%. about half of the prospective ME majors don't make the GPA cutoff because the university is just too large. can't sufficiently teach +40,000 students. thus control all majors. if decide to quit engineering sophomore year you can not 'transfer' into the business college because it is also controlled. you are basically stuck going into liberal arts or the science college.|
hardly any exams are partial credit- pretty much all multiple choice exams graded by a computer (HUGE NEGATIVE = no partial credit = 40% - 50% range for a grade). also, the teacher will usually NOT make up the exam- the head of the department will- which means your teacher may teach you material that is irrelevant because he/she does not know what type of questions are going to be on the exam either! most teachers do not speak english in the math/science/engineering departments. and if they do speak english, it is usually a graduate student who does not know HOW to teach.
students. slim pickings of the bright ones. not very competitive/smart unless in the honors college and a few engineering kids. not many kids know how to write here and they will NOT TEACH YOU. i turned in a high school paper for my freshman composition/english class and received an A (i received a B- in it in high school....).
social life is amazing if you come from a small town and drank in high school a ton. i am in a top notch sorority here and parties/bars are GREAT. but if you are coming from urban/metropolitan area the nightlife will get old because the bars are not trendy/hip and there is only one club that not many kids go to.overall, if you have the $ go to another top notch small college where you will learn material NOT learn how to beat the weed-out system.
|Dec 18 2007|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| I am still a first year student, so my opinions may change by the time I graduate...|
Penn State is definately a great value for any In-State student, given the great reputation that it has around the country, its alumni network, quality of education, and tuition (although it is the highest in state tuition of any state school). As an out of state student, the tuition is a bit high, although for a school ranked in the 50s by most rankings, it is worth it.
Pros that I have found: in general, people know PSU and are impressed based on what they know about the school, which doesn't hurt when job hunting in the future. There are a lot of majors to choose from, and many of them are known to be quite good, such as engineering and meteorology. Admissions is actually not too competitive ( I got in with an unweighted 3.17 gpa, 1980 SATs, 31 ACTS, not too many APs or extracurriculars. They say that for out of state, GPA is 2/3 of the decision...) Social life wise, if you are into huge parties with lots of alcohol, State is the place for you. If you tend to like smaller groups of people, or do not like to drink, you might find the herds of drunken kids that infest the streets of campus and town thursday through saturday annoyying.
If you are looking for a big school, PSU is definately one of the larger ones, which can be good or bad.
Cons: Very few people get scholarships, at least from what I know. I haven't really met anyone from the many people I've talked to who have gotten any aid from the school directly.
Being at a school with over 40,000 other undergrads is definately intimidating, as you can walk around for hours and not see anyone you know. However, if you are friendly and sociable of course you will make friends and it will seem like a smaller place after the first few weeks.
Diversity wise, Penn State is terrible. I am Asian, so I do notice the way different ethnic groups interract with each other, and I was disappointed to find out that white kids tend to hang out with whites, blacks with blacks, asians with asians, and so on. Of course, there are exceptions.
|Jan 06 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |
|Not so bright|
The atmosphere at penn state is what drew me here first. |
I grew up in a PSU home and it was my dads goal to see me get in. At first it was amazing! The party life, the friends I made and just the whole "WE ARE PENN STATE!"
It was awesome. But then reality kicked in my second semester. My teachers couldn't teach, I was learning from the books. I taught myself more then the teachers ever did. I had to rely on other students to help figure out difficult assignments, the advisers were horrible to me, and more and more I started to dislike it.
I was putting in so much effort and not getting any results. I didn't go to parties, I didn't hang out. I just studied and still struggled to hold a B average.
My program was horrible and I am transferring now. So are a bunch of other people in it as well.
I think the final straw for me was the JoePa firing. I'm sorry, but not many people at this school think for themselves. They all run into things because well "Its what everyone else is doing" Rioting? Hurting people? Knocking a truck over? That is not supporting JoePa that is being idiots. I'll miss the people I met but I don't think I'll miss much else
|Nov 16 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2014 |