Pennsylvania State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (78)
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!
WE ARE....PENN STATE! This is the best school in whole world! All of the professors are so caring and knowledgeable; they really want to see their students succeed. Campus is beautiful and there is always something to do whether it's visit the Berkey Creamery or hang out in down town State College. The College of Agricultural Sciences offers MANY opportunities to interested students, there really is something for everyone!
Let's face it if you're looking for an online education program you already know the degree plans available are limited. Still I knew the need for a quality education in this day and age it of up most importance. Being active duty I needed something that I could activley pursue from around the world. I constantly hear guys I work with recommending a wide variety of schools because either they are cheap, easy, or accepted a bunch of their bullshit credits. With Penn State you are receiving an education with a name that will be recognized. I'm not saying all classes will be insanely challenging or even too easy. I do know I'm being challenged a bit harder than someone from Ashford or Pheonix. I also know the resources they provide in order to learn outside the classroom are very impressive. I can get math tutored 3000 miles away, while my tutor gives me instruction as I work problems on a tablet as if it would have been a handwritten piece of paper. I can still attend some lectures, time permitting, to watch instruction and ask questions. If I am unable to attend a live lecture I can still review the recording. Your expierence may cost you a bit more but thats the price to be awarded a degree from a top 50 ranked national university.
Here is the quick and dirty review for Instructional Design. If you would like to pay top dollar for a curriculum that is over 10 years old Penn State is fine. If you are a teachers who would like to learn a little more about technology to use in the classroom the degree is fine as well. However if you are like me and work for Fortune 100 companies they are antiquated. I left the Master's Program and went somewhere else. Some of the people in the department were pioneers in distance learning, but unfortunately this does no help for those trying to be cutting edge.