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Pennsylvania State U.-Penn State Brandywine Reviews

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  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For all types.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to stay sheltered college is about getting an education but its also about making friends and meeting new people. Your college years could possibly be some of the best years of your life so live it up just do so responsibly.

    Am enjoying being here

    The whole environment is very welcoming to all who apply.

    Am learning a lot

    Both the professors and the students really get intimate with the whole learning process.

  • 04/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students and all majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    On orientation day, get to know staff, other prospective students, current students, and ASK QUESTIONS! Be open minded, and ready to start a new stage in your life. Don't seclude your self, stay organized, and aware of due dates for everything. College could be the best phase of your life. Learn and have fun responsibly while creating your independence.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful, diverse, and an environment that is so peaceful to be around. There are many nice hang outs on campus for you, and your friends. Overall, this campus is very welcoming to all that apply, and/or considering to attend Penn State Brandywine.

    Am learning a lot

    No matter what field you are hoping to study in, or if you're still undecided about your major. Every class opens a new idea, that either enhances your knowledge, or opens your mind to something new. Almost every professor is passionate in what they are teaching, and dedicated to not just teaching you, but helping you through the work process, and experience.

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any kind!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for people to study with, make good friends, and always go to your teachers when you need help and even when you don't. They are your friends to.

    Bang for the buck

    Very cost effective.

    Am enjoying being here

    Lots of fun activities and sports and the people are awesome to be around.

    Am learning a lot

    Very small and focused classes which help in absorbing lessons from teachers.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    - Join a club or sports team - Start a study group

    Food and Dining

    - Pack a lunch - Buy lunch from the mall or Wawa - Attend welcoming meets for free lunches

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    - Make a study plan, if it works, stick to it - If you buy the textbook, read it, you have paid good money for it - Figure out how and where you can get help for classes during the first week of school.

    In three sentences

    The small community at the Brandywine campus allows for students to get to know their professors, personalized help in classes, and succeed in college. If a student stays on top of his or her classes and asks for help when needed, he or she will do well here. Because the campus is small there are not as many course options, but you still have great opportunities to gain experience in many different careers.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Almost nothing bad happens on campus at any time of the day. It must be one of the safest places on Earth.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life present on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of things to do on campus. Of course, there are not as many clubs on campus as there are at large colleges like Temple, Drexel, or even University Park, but the campus offers a good selection of clubs and activities to get involved in. If a student wants to start a club, he or she can easily do so with the help of a few friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not many unusual traditions on campus. This also depends on the types of friends a student has.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is well worth the money if the student works hard and gets good grades in his or her classes. It is absolutely worth the tuition money because there are a lot of benefits that come from the money that is paid.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of opportunities for fun, especially since the campus is located about 15 miles from the city of Philadelphia. There are plenty of recreational things to do around the nearby area. It all depends on what the student wants to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food selection is limited here. Thus, many students seek off campus dining and purchase food at restaurants outside or from places at the nearby mall.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus, however there are several off campus housing arrangements that can be made. Most students commute from home or their local apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the type of major and the professors who are teaching the class. Overall, getting a good grade here is not too difficult if the student is willing to study hard and get his or her work complete in a timely fashion.

    Tips for prospective students

    At Penn State Brandywine, classes fill up quickly so make sure to register as soon as possible. Take advantage of the small class size and get help from teachers whenever there is a need.

    In three sentences

    The Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine is a great campus to start off a major because it has benefits of a large university while maintaining a close knit environment. Students and teachers on this campus are very friendly and easy to get along with. The campus offers plenty of wonderful opportunities for those who seek it.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There's almost always something going on on campus. There's live music, shows, sports, and free food like once a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a big school, this isn't for you. But there are plenty of clubs and sports on campus to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    Brandywine is a really small campus. It's sort of like high school because almost everyone knows each other. The people are mostly friendly.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    7 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much available on this campus that many students are unaware of, look and ask around and you'll see there is a lot available.

    Bang for the buck

    For what it's worth PSU Brandywine is definitely worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    PSU Brandywine always has a lot of events going on in the Fall and Spring, be sure to get involved in those, and join clubs! Get into clubs, IM sports, etc. you will make a lot of friends and be able to build your resume.

    Food and Dining

    The food available is surprisingly good and offers a large variety of choices. Many students I feel are aware of this, but if you wander into the newly refinished commons you will be able to find some great food at very reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not available at this campus since it is a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is challenging enough and definitely a step up from the high school work load. Although it could be more difficult, it helps you transition into the college life and is a great opportunity to get your GPA up.

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the biggest complaints I hear about PSU Brandywine is that it is boring. This can be true if you do not get involved with what the campus has available. There are many clubs on campus that give you a great opportunity to make friends and school interesting. If you don't put yourself out there and join a group it is going to suffer from the commuter school situation.

    In three sentences

    Penn State Brandywine is a great start into your college career, especially if you plan to do the 2+2 program and eventually transfer to the University Park campus. The professors there are very intelligent and teach very good intro courses. During my time there I was able to prepare myself for the transition in college, network, and get involved.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never had any issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mediocre if you don't participate, but that applies to almost anything.

    Great for these types of students

    If your looking for an education with less distraction this campus is perfect. It also allows the 2+2 which is an opportunity to do your last 2 years at Penn State Main Campus or University Park and experience a top ten school.

    Bang for the buck

    It can seem pricey, but for all the attention you receive from faculty it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is 10 minutes from Media, 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia, and 2 hours from the shore. If you cannot find something new to do, your not trying.

    Food and Dining

    The on campus meals are not for the health conscious, but the beautiful town of Media is down the road with many unique restaurants. Also a Trader Joe's is located in downtown Media.

    Dorm Life

    The student body has been requesting dorms to bring a greater sense of community, but as of now the process is still on hold.

    Academic Rigor

    If you apply for the Cooper or Schreyer Honors programs you will definitely be met with a challenge. Also participating in clubs or a minor in civic engagement will truly test you as a student and citizen.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are look for a closer relationship with faculty this campus is perfect. The campus is not as active considering most students commute, but you still can create meaningful relationships off campus considering the smaller student population.

    In three sentences

    A small quaint campus. Faces become familiar by the third semester. Excellent connection between faculty and students.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    cafeteria section. food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    pretty challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    be involved in programs

    In three sentences

    great school for people that want to stay at home.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I usually like to hang out in the commons building during breaks, or even in the gazebo if its nice outside!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is awesome! There are many options to choose from in the commons building.

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    The academics of Penn State is no difference than any other accredited university, just make sure to use RateMyProfessor.com!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend becoming best friends with your academic advisor. Also be sure not to overwhelm yourself with classes, that was my problem at first, and i got burned out. Know your limits!

    In three sentences

    Penn State Brandywine is my favorite because it is the big name with a small campus, which is beneficial to me because I do better in smaller classes. I also really enjoy that they are renovating study areas. Most importantly, there are a lot of electric outlets in study areas, how cool!

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to count.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different clubs and organization that student can join. From doing sports to things like Thon to poetry contests.

    Food and Dining

    I heard there are a lot of free food opportunities!

    Dorm Life

    This campus doesn't have any dorms, though there are private owned housing near by.

    Academic Rigor

    Penn State overall has a complex process in earning your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Deadlines are closer than they appear. Don't wait until the night before to do your assignment or an application. Try and get it done as soon as possible. Giving and advice is also a reminder to the one that's giving that advice.

    In three sentences

    The campus has its own section which is impossible to get lost. Their orientation leaders have enough pride to convince any upcoming class to attend PSU. The overall look of the campus is appealing.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the Commons building! There are TVs, a gym, and a weight room. People bring a lot of their own video games and consoles to hook up to the televisions, and they bring movies to watch while they wait for the next class as well. There are tons of awesome events (with free food!) scheduled throughout each semester, so be sure to participate in all that! But, if you don't want to stay on-campus for fun, there is a mall up the street as well as a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    While there isn't a WHOLE lot of variety, the food is great, but the prices are so high!

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms yet, but some should be being built in the next few years. Although there are no dorms, students seem to feel at home on campus in the Commons building where there are comfy seats, televisions, video games, lots of food, a gym, and a weight room!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes definitely challenge you here, but they're a piece of cake if you pay attention, take notes, and get the help you need when you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you think you're going to struggle in any of your classes, don't procrastinate on getting help! Talk with your professors, advisers and classmates, and be sure to visit the STEM lab where there are tutors who can help you! Math 097 is a course offered in the STEM lab that not only helps you with your classwork, but earns you an extra credit if you register for it too!

    In three sentences

    Penn State Brandywine is a small commuter campus; this makes it easier to work with professors and get the help you need when you need it. Something I do not like very much about Brandywine is that it can be difficult to reach advisers, and some advisers (like the ones in the financial aid office), never seem to enjoy helping students. Overall, the campus is very enjoyable, and it's a pleasure to attend.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join Clubs or play a sport.

    Food and Dining

    Their could be a bigger place, it's very small.

    Dorm Life

    This is a commuter campus

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to meet people, join clubs, play a sport, get involved. Since it's a commuter campus, it's hard to make friends if your new.

    In three sentences

    I like how small the campus is, it's very easy to get around to all the classes. I like that everyone commutes. I think their should be more activities on campus.