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2 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

I want to state that I received my bachelors degree at Penn State University World Campus (PSUWC), and pursued my masters, but ended up transferring out to another university to finish my masters. I am a 4.0 student, with a high IQ, high EQ, and am a diligent student; no slacker. I am an insightful person who needs little direction. With that being said, if you attend PSUWC, especially as a grad student, be prepared to do EVERYTHING alone. You will likely not have an advisor (one will be assigned, but they will either no longer be employed or impossible to reach). Your professors may or may not answer emails and may or may not grade your work in a timely fashion. The assistant to the grad school, who is supposed to be your point person, is this sweet elderly lady, who LITERALLY KNOWS NOTHING! She has NEVER been able to answer a question for me; she literally does not know anything other than contact information. There is no consistency between courses or professors, many of the professors work full time and have NO time to even answer a question. The written lectures are rife with grammatical and spelling errors - literally almost every lesson I have ever read! And the errors do distract from the content. Your assignments are the same, read a lot of material, read a lengthy (and often useless) online lecture, and write and respond on discussion boards with classmates. The discussion boards are torture because most of the students write at the 7th grade level rather than the grad school level, but you are required to respond to their unintelligible writings with something of substance. It is easy to get disillusioned and dispassionate fairly quickly. You virtually have no support at the university, so in order to succeed, you should ensure you have support at home. Also, there is a great deal of group work in 90% of the courses, and if you are a hard worker like myself, you will often carry the load of 5 people. This sucks because, these group projects usually begin the first or second week and last all semester, so you are working on normal coursework, while carrying your group. And your professor will tell you that grades are issued individually, but they are NOT. If you get an A, your entire group will get an A, even if you had no help - this gets old - but it is common knowledge, and even some professors will tell you that many group members will be social loafers. I would advise to get a master's degree at at different online university if online is what you desire. Penn State World Campus grad school is a joke and a waste of money!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2012

Penn State's EBF program was just the right fit for me. I thought it did a wonderful job of integrating economics, investment strategies, and energy research. Additionally, there were many electives to chose from, including many options online which I took advantage of.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Human Services, General
Graduation Year: 2015

Rehabilitation and Human Services bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University is a great gateway degree for individuals who are interested in going to graduate school for counseling, psychology or human development. This degree allows individuals who are not interested in furthering their education in obtaining employment within casework and etc. I am now going to school counseling.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2010

Penn State is a wonderful school with excellent teachers. The network is so vast. I graduated in 2010 and started my own business. I book clients based solely on the fact that I also went Penn State just like them! I feel that i got a good education with a lot of hands on, real world experience. My classes were also all really small, around 10-20 students once I started my main core classes.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2013

Penn State is an absolutely fantastic school! I learned a ton from my professors, classmates, and the many friends I made while attending school. I'm honestly beyond happy with the education I received, the priceless relationships I formed, and the effective networking connections after graduating.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Penn State University offers a phenomenal educational experience. With over 46,000 undergraduate students and over hundreds of clubs, exposure to diverse culture and activities is at a student's fingertips. I had the opportunity to work with students from multiple departments, which exposed me to topics outside of my major and challenged me to think differently. The environment, people, and culture at Penn State are overwhelmingly welcoming, and I am lucky to have spent four years in such a great place!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2011

The business school at Penn State is one of the best in the country. The resources available, and the professors are among the best in the world. I feel the school greatly prepared me for my life in the working world, and that my time there was well spent. I would strongly recommend Penn State to anyone who is seeking a strong business education.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

All and all, this was an excellent online program. If you are looking for an easy online degree, you will be sadly mistaken to realize that Penn State will not provide you with the degree. Although an online degree can be challenging, the instructors at Penn State are very understanding of life circumstances and will give you the benefit of the doubt if a crisis arises. I am a Veteran and their Veteran's Service department is outstanding. They always ensured that I had what I needed and I never had any issue with tuition payments. I feel as though I learned a lot during my education at Penn State and I am certainly proud to be a Nittany Lion.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2011

I enjoyed my time at Penn State both educationally and socially. Penn State University Campus is a very large campus, both in size and diversity. It gives you the feel a small city within a city. Educationally I think it challenged me to expand my thought process as well as my problem solving skills. It also teaches you how to work well in groups and with other nationalities. Socially, there is a wide-range of clubs and organizations to join, community service opportunities and of course sports.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2003

The Pennsylvania State University system is as impressive as it is large! I first attended a branch campus after transferring from a University in Oregon. I spent my final two years at University Park (the main campus). The opportunities available to those who attend Penn State are far and wide. From what you study, to the value of your degree after graduating, Penn State offers something for everyone. Their Smeal College of Business is top ranked, and provided me with a solid foundation from which to grow my career. Penn State also boasts the largest alumni association in the country! I am now back in Oregon, and have found a local chapter of fellow Penn State Grads. I would strongly encourage any prospective college student to investigate if Penn State has a program in their area of interest!

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