Pennsylvania State University Reviews
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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!
The Pennsylvania State University is one I would recommend to everyone. I was a bit worries before I started classes my Freshman year because I knew it was a huge university so I thought that it might be hard to feel a part of it. However, with so many clubs and extracurricular activities available, this university makes it very easy to make a big campus seem much smaller. I can honestly say my years at Penn State have been the best 4 years of my life and I wouldn't change any part of it.
If you want to graduate with a high probability of getting a job or going to graduate school in the STEM fields, then Penn State is it. When I went to school, I got into one of the top 3 biochemistry programs in the country at my time and the curriculum was one of the most rigorous I have ever gone through. Nevertheless, I graduated in two years with my Bachelor's in Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry. So let me list a couple of things that has a plus on its end. Pros 1. Diverse programs/Academics Penn State, because of the size of its campus and the size of its University, has one of the most diverse and broad range of majors out there. If you are looking for something specific, then Penn State probably has that major. Not Satisfied? You can even come up with your own program and submit it through your college for approval. I know students there that had devised their own programs and ended up graduating with multiple degrees. It's also possible to graduate with two or three degrees since some of the programs intersect and the University is good about letting you graduate with two or three degrees, so you get the most bang for your buck. I graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the Biochemistry Option and even had time to add in a minor in Chemistry. If I had wanted to I could have stayed an extra semester and done a minor in physics. Of course, it's what you make of it. If you're driven and self-sufficient then it's not a problem for you to go out there and do the work that you need to do to get that degree and harness the opportunities that are there. But if you're one of those people who needs to be told to do something, then this large University with large class sizes might not be it for you. It also boasts one of the largest alumni base ever. So if you are looking for networking opportunities, this University would be ideal. I've known several people, (including myself) that have had the opportunity to get a job just because the one running the place has graduated from Penn State. We're just everywhere. 2. Diversity No debate about this. The campus is super diverse. There are a ton of people from international countries as well as all over the country. There is no shortage of exchange of ideas and cultures here and there is virtually a club for every cultural group on campus. They even have a sorority and fraternity for Asians and South Asian groups. The demographic is not catered to one marginalized group and that actually makes the campus an exciting place to mingle and party. 3. The College Town Rated one of the best college towns in the country. It has three streets of over 40 bars and three night clubs. During the football games it gets hectic and you have alumni coming into town as well for events so you have no shortage of fun. It's what you make of this. The area around it is called Happy Valley for a reason. A lot of people report that it is one of the happiest places around. If you're not into the partying scene then there is always something to do on campus or in some of the niche places on campus. You just have to look for it. It won't come to you. Everyone is always looking out for each other and people are generally nice. Cons 1. Large Class Sizes The introductory courses do have large class sizes, so you can probably get lost in a sea of 400 people in your calculus class with also less access to professors. But as you progress into your harder classes it tends to get smaller. So just watch out for that. A lot of those introductory courses, you'll have to rely on your own since there is less access to professors who are likely to answer your question unless you bug them during their office hours. 2. Not Disabilities Friendly This campus is not disabilities friendly, at all. It's a large campus and sometimes it might take you 15 minutes to get from one classroom to another, so just be aware of that. Take care of yourself and don't get injured so easily. I've known people who have struggled in that respect. In that case, I would recommend seeing if there are online versions of the class you can take so you don't have to be running around campus. 3. Exams are Multiple Choice for Most So this one I did not like. Because of the large class sizes, a lot of the classes only distribute multiple choice exams and these aren't just easy ones. These are very tricky ones. Cheating can become widespread as a result and these exams do not showcase what you know. Most of these classes do not have homework or anything of the sort so these exams are the only way that determine your grade, which can be detrimental if you are not a good exam taker.
My experience at Penn State involved attending a smaller PSU campus for my first two years, then attending the main campus for my last two. This decision allowed me to develop more personal relationships with students with professors while adapting to a college environment. College has allowed me to develop as an adult. To learn about responsibility and what it's like to live on your own. The networking opportunities also has provided me with some great new friendships. Anyone considering going to Penn State won't have any issues with experiencing a social atmosphere!