See what students say:


Immense “pride and a sense of community” pervade every aspect of life at Penn State. Students love the remarkable “school spirit” and “strong family feel” on this vibrant campus, and they are equally proud of the “quality education” they receive. An affordable public institution, PSU offers “highly regarded programs across a wide range of academic colleges,” including a “prestigious undergrad business school,” top engineering and education majors, and the competitive Schreyer Honors College, which participants describe as “the finest honors program in the nation.” “Classes freshman year are mostly lectures,” which can be “intimidating” for new students. Fortunately, “even in lectures with hundreds of students, many professors still make an effort to get to know their class and have plenty of office hours to make themselves more accessible.” Plus, the academic experience becomes more individualized as you move through the system. A current student shares, “As I have gotten into my majors, my classes are down to about 15 to 40 people and there are a lot more discussions. I know all of my professors personally now.” Academics are often described as “rigorous” and “competitive,” but most students are able to stay afloat; here, “professors will challenge you, but it’s nothing that a hard-working student can’t handle.” Job-seeking seniors praise the career center, as well as the school’s fantastic alumni connections, saying, “The Penn State networking web is incredible!” Not to mention, the school’s enviable “location within driving distance to Philadelphia, Washington, and New York” makes it easier to score a job at graduation.

Student Body

With a total enrollment of more than 45,000, “Penn State is the passion and pride of a large and diverse student body.” Demographically, the school draws heavily from the Northeast; in particular, there are “lots of kids from the tristate area,” and most could be described as “athletic, suburban, and friendly middle-class.” While some note that “the percentage of minorities and foreign students is low,” they also say, “pretty much every student will find somewhere to fit in.” Especially during the first year, “there are many opportunities to meet new people,” and almost “everyone is friendly,” making it easy to form bonds and build relationships. The best way to make friends is to “try different clubs and find your niche”; from Greek organizations to sports, most Penn Staters have “a great enthusiasm for extracurricular and philanthropic involvement.” On that note, most undergrads “take their education seriously,” but achieve a “good balance of school and social life.”

Campus Life

If you are looking for the “full college experience,” you’ll find “the perfect mix of great academics, social life, and sports” at Penn State. While “the library is usually filled with students” during the week, “everyone counts down the days till the weekend, then its party, party, party.” Throughout fall semester, football is a campus-wide obsession; “game days are super exciting and unifying for the student population,” which turns out in large numbers to tailgate and cheer at Beaver Stadium. In addition to sports, “Greek life dominates the social scene,” though students also flock to the many bars in downtown State College. A current student jokes, “Nothing brings the Penn State community together like stumbling around downtown with 3,000 other drunken students.” Those looking for a mellower night out will find “on-campus concerts, stand-up comedians, craft nights, sporting events, and other ways of having fun without drugs or alcohol.” Others like to “go out to the local avenue and try new eateries, and walk around campus and enjoy the scenery.” In addition to the “killer social life,” there are hundreds of clubs and student groups; of particular note, many students “fit in by joining THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, that raises money for children with pediatric cancer.” No matter what your interests, “between football games, Late Nights at the HUB, festivities downtown, movies, shows at Eisenhower Auditorium or the Penn State Theatre, concerts at the BJC…there is something for everyone.”

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Robert G. Springall
Executive Director for Undergraduate Admissions

201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802



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