Pennsylvania State University Reviews - Psychology

4.29 out of 5 stars
(13 Reviews)
  • State College (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,858
90% of 13 students said this degree improved their career prospects
77% of 13 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Harleigh McCloskey - 6/20/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"The Pennsylvania State University is ranked 59th among the Best National Colleges in the US, and is the 14th best team nationally in football. With dozens of nationally ranked majors and being a prestigious, highly regarded university, the competition to be a Nittany Lion is unlike any other. We're ranked 10th in the Best Student Life in America, and 1st in the Best Student Life in Pennsylvania. It's a family, a home and a network that I'll forever hold close to my heart. The campus is among the most beautiful, with the falls and winters being unparalleled with any other, and the springs picturesque. Penn State football is notorious for its high energy and the nationwide connection it provides. Theres a saying that you can find Penn State family everywhere. The study of Psychology at Penn State has allowed me to network with some of the highest regarded mental health professionals in the nation, as well as participate in the best research opportunities. Unlike any other large university, Ive still managed to receive one on one attention and countless opportunities for help if needed. My professors have always treated me with respect and regarded me as a professional and a friend. Alongside the distinguished academics, the friends and memories I've made are unmatched. From the sporting events to the events like Arts Fest, Bryce Jordan Center concerts and THON, Penn State has always made those in the PSU family and friends of Penn State feel like they're at home, and it'll always be one of the best times of my life."
3.2 out of 5 stars
Bernadette E. - 2/12/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I studied Psychology through Penn State's World Campus. The flexibility afforded by the online program cannot be overemphasized, but this does not mean that it was in any way "easy." In fact, having a history of traditional brick-and-mortar education, I can safely say that the online program was "no joke;" it was rigorous and thought-provoking, with no room for slacking off. There were multiple due dates each week, and weekly discussion posts that mandated references to assigned activities. The discussion posts were respectful and often necessarily challenged the reader to re-evaluate their previously-held assumptions and ideas. Group work was certainly possible with the online platform and helped to engage the student in real-life, virtual interactions. The downside of the online program was that some professors were not as easy to interact with as others and had less comfort utilizing the online platform."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Jon Shanfelder - 3/12/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"The Psychology program at Penn State is an exceptional one. The best part about this program is the array of different psychology classes you can take, including classes about clinical, counseling, abnormal, social, developmental, perceptual, and organizational psychology (plus many more). I would highly recommend Penn State if you wish to major in Psychology."
3.5 out of 5 stars
David E. - 3/12/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2003
"The student experience at Penn State is unmatched. The football, Greek life, and student activities are second to none. The academics are good. Students are very capable and the curriculum was challenging. I felt that too many classes were taught by graduate students or professors who were more committed to their research. I had opportunities to participate in research settings, which was enriching and resume building. I would rate the school higher across the board, but they always seemed more interested in my tuition dollars than they were in my academics. Still the Penn State brand is strong and an excellent career starter. Being an alumni has gotten me many interviews and several jobs."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dilini Meewaddana - 5/16/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Most of my Psychology professors were very enthusiastic and welcoming and the classrooms had a very comfortable atmosphere to them. While all classes were enjoyable to take, some definitely needed a lot of hard work and reading and writing to excel in the course. Most of the professors that I knew were very keen on being available for any type of advice and I recommend reaching out to faculty early on and keeping in contact with a chosen few."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Veteran Penn Stater - 5/3/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Admissions was attentive and professional. Accessing financial aid, billing, grades, online library, etc., all made simple through one-access point! The online platform, Canvas, very easy to navigate and I recall very few technical outages during my entire 18 months in a master degree program. Program advisor was supportive and responded to calls and emails in a timely manner, easily provided me with the answers I needed. Instructors were professional, challenging, and fair. The course design, lectures, reading material, and assignments were structured in a way that you can feel your knowledge base progressively increasing; you're genuinely learning at PSU World Campus. The veterans program on campus is setting the standard across the nation! The potential for students to engage in university activities and join student organizations is continuously developing and with a passionate university staff helping it along. 4 universities ago, I had not attended one that I would have rated so highly. I have no regret attending PSU World Campus. As a veteran, it was especially helpful based on their military friendly, and I mean TRULY passionate about supporting veteran's higher learning and integrating from military service to civilian life. Find a program! The pricing and overall education experience have been well worth it. PSU is highly reputable."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Kristen Brown - 4/14/2017
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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Psychology Student - 3/23/2017
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Erin Marshall - 2/10/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lauren - 2/1/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
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