Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (Penn State)

University Park, PA

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Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus Student Essentials

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus Student Essentials
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Nittany Lions
Nicknames: PSU, Penn State
Website: www.psu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $15,124
Out-of-State Tuition: $27,206
Retention Rate: 93%
Enrollment: 45,233
Year Established: 1855

About Penn State

Pennsylvania State University, located in the city of University Park, Pennsylvania, is the main campus of the Pennsylvania State University system. The university is committed to promoting education, intellectual pursuit, and sustainable skills to build a foundation for the future.

Students can find a wide range of educational opportunities at Penn State. Bachelor’s degrees can be earned in almost every traditional field, while master’s are offered in almost as long a list.

Doctorates are offered in plenty of disciplines. Penn State is proud to boast exceptional graduate schools, including a medical school and a law school. Students can also receive doctorate degrees in several other concentrations, including degrees from the Global Programs discipline.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of student support services to help them exceed academically, thrive mentally, and prepare for their professional endeavors. Services such as career counseling, academic advising, health and counseling clinics, academic workshops, and many more are offered to support the needs of the students.

Penn State encourages students to live on campus and to get involved with student activities and organizations. Students can participate in various athletic teams, intramural sports, recreational activities, performing arts, and so much more. As a large, public school in the Big Ten, the feel is of a traditional campus. PSU also boasts one of the largest-capacity football stadiums in the country.

Penn State’s beautiful campus, vibrant student life, and proud academic achievements make this campus a prime destination for intellectually charged students.

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Penn State Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 13 Reviews

62% of students gave Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Overall Rating

I loved Penn State. I attended the honors college and I lived in Atherton Hall (honors dorm). It was nice because we had small classes and priority scheduling, which was helpful in an otherwise large student body. But it was a beautiful campus and location, with plenty to do even though it isn't in a big city.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating

Penn State is an amazing school! It has great academics, exciting athletics, and one of the best social scenes in the country. Some of my most memorable experiences include football games with over 100,000 people alongside of me in the stadium and THON - the largest student run philanthropy in the nation to benefit the Four Diamonds fund and pediatric cancer research.


Penn State Map & Location

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802


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Getting Around Penn State

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

9/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for University Park, PA

Winter
Dec
38
25
Jan
34
20
Feb
38
22
Spring
Mar
46
28
Apr
60
39
May
70
49
Summer
Jun
78
59
Jul
82
63
Aug
80
61
Fall
Sep
72
53
Oct
61
42
Nov
50
34

Penn State Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 38,594
Freshman Class 7,366
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 45,233

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 5%
  • African American: 4%
  • Caucasian: 82%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Unknown and Other: 4%
Latino 5%
African American 4%
Caucasian 82%
Asian 5%
Unknown and Other 4%

Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%
Women 49%
Men 51%
International 9%
Domestic 91%

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