Pennsylvania State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (71)
I liked the size of the campus (Shenango) because it allowed for smaller class sizes - the professors got to know you as a person, you weren't just a number. Scheduling of classes was easier (at times depending on which ones were being offered that semester) because there were less amount of students vying for the same class.
I wish I had spent time pursuing internships or positions to gain work experience. This is generally encouraged in other departments, but not much in liberal arts. It should be encouraged across the board. I graduated without a good idea of the type of job I wanted.
Love it and all the opportunities that have been presented to me
The nursing program at Penn State (main campus) was relatively small when I attended (a little over 100 students or so). The diversity of the clinical experiences was much more limited due to the location of Penn State (as compared to say, a big city). However, living in State College as an undergraduate student can really be a priceless experience in and of itself. Also of note, is that I ended up not having to live in Hershey for a year (won a "lottery" to not have to go) and was able complete my BSN while living in State College all 4 years.
I loved my experience at Penn State, it was a big enough school that it offered innumerable opportunities (clubs, sports, classes) but not so big that you never recognized people on campus. There is an incredible pride in the school and I am so glad I am an alum.
I loved my experience at Penn state. I knew I wanted to go to a big school and Penn state had everything I could want from a school.
I loved college. Penn State had every option I could want, and it was big enough to find your niche. It is particularly good if you want to go into engineering.
The program has great professors that enjoy imparting knowledge. Dr. B. is smart, experienced on her field but also has a natural talent for teaching. All the professors and staff are professional and dedicated.
I studied Health Policy and Administration. The great thing about this degree is that there is a lot of flexibility in scheduling. Therefore, you can focus on the specific area you are interested in. Due to the flexibility I was able to receive two minors: Labor Studies and Employment Relations as well as Business in the Liberal Arts. You could also make your focus more medical, technical, or business oriented depending on your goals. The professors in my department were incredibly intelligent and helpful. At a lot of large schools it's difficult to approach professors but all of mine were down to earth and very approachable. Most of them have years of experience in the work field before they started teaching. Therefore, they aren't just teaching from a text book. With all of the changes in healthcare my professors were able to make sense of it, teach it to us, and direct us to where we would be most successful. Health Policy and Administration requires students to take skills courses to help you in the working world. I had to take a computer science course on Excel and Access which has been very beneficial in my job. Furthermore, you have to take a professional writing course which prepares you for interviews, writing resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, and much more. Due to these requirements I was much more prepared than some of the students in other majors. Health Policy and Administration is in the College of Health and Human Development. The college has a great program for connecting alumni with current students. Students can sign up to be assigned a mentor who currently works in the student's interest area. This program is great for getting advice on courses and getting a job out of college. The college also organizes frequent events for alumni to come in and talk face to face with students. Through these programs I was able to ask questions, figure out what I was most interested in, and strengthen my network. On a broader scope, Penn State has an incredible Career Services. They offer counseling for career choices, interview practice sessions, organize career fairs, connect students with job listings, and countless other information sessions on professional topics. Career Services is a resource that not everyone uses but definitely should. Many of my friends from other colleges don't have access to a Career Services like Penn State's and wish that they did. I used Career Services for career counseling to help me focus my interests. Once I found what I wanted to do I attended career fairs and found my current employer.
Penn State University is one of the friendliest campuses I have ever been to. People seem to go out of their way to help you and the culture is more like a "brotherhood" than anything else. The students are hardworking and driven and the instructors really want to see each and every student succeed. The campus is beautiful and well taken care of and there are plenty of things to do. The library is very with many great, quiet places to study. Overall, I highly recommend Penn State not just for the culture, but for the once in a lifetime experience you won't find anywhere else!