Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (Penn State)

University Park, PA

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Penn State Housing

  • On-Campus Housing Available
  • Freshmen Students Required to Live on Campus
  • Meal Service
  • Co-ed Dorms
  • Women's Dorms
  • Men's Dorms
  • Sorority Housing
  • Single-Student Apartments
  • Married-Student Apartments
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Special Housing for International Students
  • Other: Suite-style and special-interest housing.
Room & Board Expenses $9,702
Living On-Campus 37%
Living Off-Campus 63%

Penn State Ratings & Reviews

Overall College Life Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 12 Reviews

67% of students gave Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus 5 stars in College Life.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

College Life Rating

There are tons of clubs - every type imaginable - plenty of things to get involved with for those who are interested. This comes from the sheer size of the university and the diverse student body of more than 30,000. It really does accommodate just about any interest.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

College Life Rating

The athletics at Penn State are some of the best in the country and school pride could seriously be the best in the world. Greek life is also big at Penn State, but it is certainly not the only form of socialization on campus. There is basically a club or organization for everything and everyone.

Penn State Campus Safety

Emergency Hotline
(814) 863-1111
Medical Center Emergency Department
(814) 234-6110
Campus Police
243 South Allen Street; State College, PA 16801

Penn State Athletics

Quick Facts
Team Mascot: The Nittany Lion
School Song: Hail To The Lion
School Colors: blue and white
Official Athletics Site:
Athletic Facilities baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and softball fields; diving and swimming pools; football stadium, indoor/outdoor track, tennis and volleyball courts, fitness centers
Athletic Conferences: NAA, NCAA
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
Baseball: Big Ten Conference
Track: Big Ten Conference

Athletics Department at Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

Athletic Director Name
Timothy M. Curley
Athletic Department Email

Penn State Student Organizations

Greek Organizations
Number of Fraternities: 56
Number of Sororities: 31
Percentage of Men in Fraternities: 13%
Percentage of Women in Sororities: 11%
Military Programs
ROTC Air Force

Other Organizations

  • Academic Clubs
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Music Organizations (Band, Choir, etc.)
  • Political Activism
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • Television Station

Penn State Student Services

Computer & Technological Services

  • Internet Access
  • Computers in Residence Halls
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Computers in Student Center
  • Email Account Provided by School

Career & Employment Services

  • Career Counseling
  • Co-op Education Placement
  • Internship Placement
  • Career / Job Search Classes
  • Interest Inventory
  • On-Campus Job Interviews
  • Resume Assistance
  • Alumni Network
  • Interview Training
  • Other: individual career counseling, multicultural-focused outreach and internship programs, workshops.

Counseling Services

  • Minority Student Counseling
  • Military Counseling
  • Veteran Counseling
  • Older Student Counseling
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Religious Counseling

Physically Handicapped Services

  • Note-Taking Service
  • Recording Devices
  • Reader Services
  • Interpreters for Hearing-Impaired
  • Special Transportation
  • Special Housing
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Braille Services
  • Talking Books
  • Other: electronic books, web site accessibility.

Other Services at Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

School Store / Bookstore

  • Health Services
  • On-Campus Child Care
  • Library on Campus
  • Non-Remedial Tutoring
  • Placement Services
  • Women’s Center
  • Health Insurance

Famous Alumni

  • Don Bellisario, head of Belisarius Productions, producter of TV series NCIS, JAG, Quantium Leap, Magnum PI
  • Franco Harris, played 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Mark Parker, President and CEO of Nike, Inc.

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