a current student here
As far a pubic schools go, I haven't really compared it to much, but it seems a little pricey. Although, for the amount of opportunity you have once you get here it is totally worth it - if you plan on taking advantage of those opportunities, that is. If you want to get involved in research and plan to learn and do all that you can, Penn State is definitely worth it. A Penn State degree is highly sought after for employment recruiters so that is a definite plus. However, if you just want to get your piece of paper and be done with it, go to a smaller, less expensive school. Scholarships are seriously lacking here. If you work hard and earn a good GPA, your chances are higher, but even then, you won't get much help from the University.