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Pennsylvania State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityC+
Useful SchoolworkC+ Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseA-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeA
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsA
SafetyB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Female
ACT:31
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SAT1980
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Excess Competition
C
Highest Rating
Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty
A
She cares more about Excess Competition than the average student.
Date: Jan 06 2007
Major: Communications (This Major's Salary over time)
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.

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questionI am now a senior in high school in the midst of applying to PSU. You said that meteorology and engineering programs were 'quite good'. I feel as if I am a borderline aplicant and I am concerned if I apply meteorology, I will have a difficult time getting in. Would you suggest just applying undecided or a less populat major? PSU is my number one choice and I probably wouldn't considering going to a branch campus.
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