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Penn State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
37,830
Total Undergrads
Including 1,247 Part-time
7,262
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 14 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

45% Women
55% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

13
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $296,730)
12
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $192,503)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 107 130 Yes Yes
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 15 26 Yes Yes
Fencing 24 33 Yes -
Field Hockey - 19 Yes Yes
Football 121 - - Yes
Golf 12 13 Yes Yes
Gymnastics 18 18 Yes -
Lacrosse 40 31 Yes -
Soccer 25 32 Yes Yes
Softball - 24 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 29 37 Yes Yes
Tennis 11 12 Yes Yes
Volleyball 16 21 Yes Yes
Wrestling 35 - Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Kayaking - - - Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Squash - - Yes Yes
Synchronized Swimming - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.8%
Hispanic 4.1%
Non-resident alien 8.8%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.0%
Two or more races 1.5%
White/non-Hispanic 72.9%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 1
Drug Law Violation 225
Liquor Law Violation 742
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 84
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Michelle
  • 3
  • its there if you want it and apartment life if you would prefer that instead. …

  • Jan-07-2012 Read More
  • Ashley from Lancaster, PA
  • 4
  • it's an experience just like on any other campus. you have resident assistance (ra) who will be there if you have questions. many students form a great friendship with their…

  • Mar-05-2012 Read More
  • Alexandra from Sewell, NJ
  • 3
  • because their are so many students who attend penn state, the dorms are rather small. i don't have any complaints though. the bathrooms are cleaned daily, each floor has several…

  • Mar-05-2012 Read More
  • Shane
  • 3
  • The dorms are rather small, especially in East and Pollock Halls. For first year students, definitely try to live in East as it will be part of your freshmen experience.…

  • Mar-22-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Jennifer
  • Aug-08-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a variety of food choices at Penn State. Every location of dorms have their own dining hall. There are buffets (yum!) that have so many choices of food to eat. The best part is if you are in a hurry but want to get some food you can get a to go box and fill it up with anything you like from the buffet. If you aren't feeling the all-you-can-eat style then there are regular dining options. For example, in Redifer Commons in south halls there is a place that serves bagels and coffee, Italian food, Chinese, Mexican, and so much more! Another great thing about Penn State is that you can check what is being served at the buffets as well as any dining location online before you even get there.

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  • 5
  • Jada
  • Jun-12-2014 I am a current student here

    Food and dining at Penn State is delicious. The meals are very filling and tasty. Each residential area has its own dining hall. No matter where you are on campus, there is a dining hall in near sight. Dining halls are set up in an all-you-can-eat fashion so you are able to get as much food as you want.

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  • 5
  • Celena from Windsor, NY
  • May-01-2014 I am a current student here

    There are hundreds of options for food and dining on campus. Whether you would like asian food, a sub or an all you can eat buffet of everything you can usually find it within walking distance.

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  • 5
  • Tyler from Poway, CA
  • Apr-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Penn State offers a wide variety of foods for every kind of student. There are many different options for on-campus dining at Penn State. Many students are worried that there will not be varying food items at their school. This is not a problem for students at Penn State. There are clearly labeled vegetarian items, gluten free items, and ethnic foods that can make any Penn State student feel at home.

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  • 4
  • Cassandra from Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr-07-2014 I am a current student here

    Food was pretty awesome here. They have several dining halls, and within each are different options like the buffet, and other food joints like burger places, wraps, Asian, barbecue, crepes, mexican, italian... it's almost endless.

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  • 4
  • Alexandra from Hudson, OH
  • Mar-31-2014 I am a current student here

    So. Many. Choices. The dining commons food is always really good and offers a wide variety of options, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. There are plenty of to-go stops as well that offer sandwiches, breakfast items, pizza, etc. In our central student center (the Hub), there's a few fast food chains including Panda Express, Burger King, Chick-fil-a, Sbarro, and Starbucks.

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  • 4
  • Shannon from University Park, PA
  • Mar-26-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many options to eat at on campus and many of them work with the dining plan you must buy as a freshmen. The downtown area is another place with many dining options and it is only a quick bus ride away. Between classes there are a few places to grab a quick sandwich or wrap so you can make it to class on time.

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  • 3
  • Alumni since 2009
  • Mar-25-2014 I am a past student here

    The food is okay. However, the good thing is you can go to any dinning hall (at least that's how it was when I was there) and some have better food than others. It's also nice to have variety. But watch-out for Freshman 15, it's real.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jennifer
  • Aug-08-2014 I am a current student here

    Penn State has one of the largest sorority and fraternity associations. Different groups have different focus interests whether it is raising money for Ronald McDonald House or having an interest in engineering.

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  • 0
  • Kumaran from Astoria, NY
  • Jan-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Great Greek life, I am not involved in it but there are many to choose from, and my friends who are involved tell me that they have lots of fun, and good networking.

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  • 0
  • Alyssa
  • Nov-12-2013 I am a current student here

    It seems like the only thing there is your first year at Penn State. Everyone is rushing or at least trying to make connections with people within Greek Life. The reality is that Greek Life caters to a certain type of person and usually that person is a freshman trying to get as much free alcohol as possible. Otherwise, Greek Life is a great thing to get into if that's what you want to do. It creates lasting bonds with the people within your chapter, but be careful of which you choose. It'll be something you literally have to live with.

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  • 0
  • Jenelle from Redondo Beach, CA
  • Oct-07-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is very much alive here on campus, but it is not the only life. There are a ton of people who aren't in any clubs etc on campus.

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