Pennsylvania State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (57)
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.
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!
I had a wonderful time at my school. The advisers are an incredible tool to use. Ask them as many good questions as you can come up with as they have a great deal of experience and are there to help you. I would really take advantage of the numerous school groups and strongly advise joining one that you find to be a good match for you.
Penn State has wonderful programs. Whether it's at a satellite campus (I went to Penn State Mont Alto), online, or at Main Campus you will have a great experience. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with your community, other students, and even internships. Many of the professors are one of the best parts of the school. I learned a lot from all of my teachers. As a learning support student, the ACC at Mont Alto can not be beat! I did wish the learning support at Main Campus was more like the one at my satellite campus after I transferred. They did not seem as open to answering some of the questions I had or at least not as knowledgable about their campus. The only down side for me was that the advisors and administrators are not helpful when it comes to questions about your major or job opportunities after college. Scholarships are also hard to find. You have to do a lot of the legwork to find answers about these type of questions by yourself. Over all, Penn State is an amazing academic experience.
The major I chose (bio-behavioral health at Penn State) was an excellent major in preparing me for optometry school. It not only showed me the medical aspects of the health field, but also taught me about how people's habits affect their health. Most biology, chemistry, and other majors simply just taught about disease and how to treat disease. Bio-behavioral health showed not only that, but how it is most important in our day and age to try to prevent disease through preventing bad health habits. Since there is less infectious diseases killing people compared to the past, the main thing doctors and health care workers need to focus on is helping prevent chronic diseases. Overall, I loved my bio-behavioral health major!
I absolutely loved attending Penn State University. Great education, even more amazing people, and helpful professors. It was a little hard trying to figure out what I wanted to do, and the Career Services Center wasn't really too helpful for me since they didn't know too much about the field that I wanted to go into. However, as for any school, I highly suggest getting to personally know your professors! It's hard because Penn State is so big but it will pay off in the end.
I spent 2 years at Penn State Harrisburg and 2 years at Penn State University (Main Campus). I would choose Penn State Harrisburg if your major is offered there. It is a great school with lots of research opportunities and professors are always willing to help you if you need it. My experience at Penn State Main Campus was also good with a lot of opportunities to jump-start your career. The professors are open for help. Campus safety is however an issue there. There has been an increase in reported rapes during my time there.
Penn State is a great place to further your education if you know what you want from your career and later life. It is a good place to challenge and define who you are, and discover ways to make yourself stand out amongst a crowd of many. It is a safe environment with dedicated professors and some awesome research
Overall, I love being at Penn State. The environment is so uplifting and there are so many opportunities or clubs that you can pursue. With such large numbers, you can find so many new friends. You just have to put yourself out there because everyone is in the same boat as you. Almost every professor I have had is great and will work with you if you are struggling. Watch out for TAs that are teaching the class because sometimes they don't know what they are doing. Altogether, the only other problem I have ever had was getting a hold of someone in billing to talk to them. You have to go there because the phone lines almost never go through. Other than that, Penn State has brightened my spirits and made me excited to strive for my future. Afterall, we are... PENN STATE!
When it was time to complete my Bachelor's degree, I looked into Penn State's World Campus programs in Psychology. I was originally concerned I would miss out on things being a distance learner, but I felt so connected to the school community through World Campus! I was able to network with my professors and classmates. I believe I got a great education through Penn State!