Penn State

Penn State is a highly rated public college located in State College, Pennsylvania. It is a big institution with an enrollment of 39,321 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Penn State acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Information Science, Biology, and Economics. Graduating 85% of students, Penn State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,100.
Address
201 Old Main University Park, PA 16802
Full-Time Enrollment
39.32K students
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$ 50.1K
Net Price
$ 26.15K

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"I had an amazing four years at Penn State! The..."

I had an amazing four years at Penn State! The campus is beautiful and there is always something going on. There is something for everyone here, sports, academics, great organizations to be a part of. I loved my time at this university and would 100% go back and study here again if I could.
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"I took a few online classes during my undergrad years"

I took a few online classes during my undergrad years. They were easy to take and I enjoyed having them in my schedule because my schedule was more flexible and easy to work around. I took an online class almost every semester.
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"Penn State was the best four years of my life"

Penn State was the best four years of my life. Everything about the school is amazing, from the sports (especially football game days!!) to the academics. There are so many majors to choose from and clubs offered on campus, it is actually difficult to not find where you belong and something you love. Because of the large student body, it’s easy to find others that share your passions. Going to Penn State was the best decision as it helped me get into graduate school and helped me be successful in pursuing my dreams of becoming a veterinarian. While COVID-19 may have cut my senior year short, the school was great in terms of adjusting to online learning.
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"With only a week’s notice before having to transition..."

With only a week’s notice before having to transition to online lectures, my professors were really well adjusted and prepared. I was worried my grades would be negatively affected by the change but Penn State ensured this would not happen.by implemented a pass/fail system. In the end I didn’t actually need to use this as I did perfectly fine on my classes regardless but it was nice to know the school understood this transition was not an easy one for everyone. Besides COVID-19, I also took some regular full-semester online courses for my major and some gen-Ed’s. The classes were just as high quality as the regular in-person lectures and were not any easier just because they were online.
Freshman
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"An amazing place with world-class faculty and resources"

An amazing place with world-class faculty and resources. The people at Penn State truly want to see you succeed, and there's always someone you can go to for help.
Freshman
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"All of my professors were extremely understanding of the extenuating..."

All of my professors were extremely understanding of the extenuating circumstances and were always willing to listen if there were any problems with uploading work, exams, etc. They genuinely wanted us to do well, and gave us every opportunity to show that and end up giving us a fair grade.
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"I prefer in-person classes but Penn State adapted quickly and..."

I prefer in-person classes but Penn State adapted quickly and appropriately. I was given access to resources that were only available on campus and accommodations were provided.
Senior
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"Large campus with lots of opportunities available to every student"

Large campus with lots of opportunities available to every student. No shortage of things to do and beautiful campus.
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"Classes were ridiculously easy online"

Classes were ridiculously easy online. It was way too easy to cheat and so many people got away with it.
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"I liked my time there, but the focus on academics..."

I liked my time there, but the focus on academics is low. There are definitely smart students, but many don't care about classes and do very poorly. I also feel like the school is known for being a great school, but the classes are sometimes ridiculously easy and just give students busy work. I am a STEM major and it was extremely easy to get very high grades. Lots of bonus points.
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