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Penn State is a big unversity with over 40K students. There are many groups and people where you can find your place. Sports are huge here and it makes you feel like a part of a family because it brings everyone together. The school constantly engages you and inspires you through sports, philanthropy, or history/alumni Go! Its the best experience and best investment you will make in your lifetime. Its a catalyst to become who you are or what you want to be in the future.
I LOVE Penn State University-World Campus. I have been a student through the online college for a few years now. I have been through several online courses at several different colleges/universities and Penn State's is top-knotch in my opinion.
The work is harder than attending regular classroom courses and there is homework. However, part of the school work experience is that you actually work for school. There are textbooks, and quizzes and assignments, and homeworks that need to be done as it is different from being there in person. I've found that intructors/professors are always available, depending on various schedules, and let the students know it. There are office hours, emails and phone numbers given to contact them should there be any problems/issues or questions/concerns. They give updates on the lessons. Usually students are given one week to complete the lesson's work. As an online student, it is clearly stated that all work is the responsility of the student (usually adults).
Also, on the course information and class materials sheet that they mail and email to the student, they inform the student of required books and underneath it says "recommended" but not required. One doesn't have to purchase them. Based on the fees from other colleges, Penn State's tech. fees and course fees are average if not below average. Any and all maintenance done on the website is updated usually on days that are the slowest and a notice is posted on the website and emails are sent out so the student is always informed.
I've found that the financial aid office goes above and beyond to help a student achieve their goals by actually calling me back one day when I thought all hope was lost of getting aid. They informed me of a number of grants, scholarships and websites I could go to to obtain money for school. I have nothing but the best to say about Penn State World Campus.
-Penn State world campus is not a good school and I would not recommend it. Most of the courses that I have taken tell you to read the textbook, then take a quiz and do homework assignments with very little interaction with the instructor.
Also, when you receive the course materials list, they list materials that you do not need and end up costing you extra money. I asked the instructors questions before the course began, including questions about needed materials, and they did not answer me.
They also charge extremely high technology fees and there are often problems with their system, so I don't know what you are paying for. For exams that are proctored, they will not send the exams to your proctor until the week before the test date, which makes it very difficult to schedule your test, seeing as how most proctors will not schedule your test until they receive the exam.