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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 4
  • From Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dec-14-2017 I am a current student here

    I have an unpopular opinion about the dinning halls around campus because I loved them. I came into college a very picky eater so I was nervous knowing I would have to eat a prepared meal every night and have no say over it. I had no reason to worry though. There are 4 dining halls on campus and you can use your meal plan at any one of them. They mostly have the same meals each night but vary slightly. West always has tacos of some sort, and Pollock usually has some sort of Asian food. Other than those, most of the food changes every day, so you will not get bored. Also, they always have grilled chicken, vegetables, pasta, and salad so if you truly do not like anything they are serving that night you can always go with the basics. I for one nearly doubled the amount of foods I ate freshman year. I tried so many foods for the first time because it is an all you can eat buffet. Therefore, if you do not like something, you can try something else. There is always pizza, burgers, french fries and chicken tenders offered for those nights when you just need some comfort food. You can also use your meal points at any restaurant on campus, meaning the creamery and Starbucks, which definitely comes in handy.

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  • 4
  • Victoria from Wexford, PA
  • Nov-27-2017 I am a current student here

    I have personal experience in working in one of the dining halls. All of the food is freshly made from scratch. There are cooks that are constantly working all day to make the food. None of the food is right from the freezer. The dining hall has many options like fruit, a salad bar, and a few different stations to get different meals. All dining halls also have soup and a large drink selection from orange juice to cranberry juice.

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  • 5
  • Trae from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jul-14-2017 I am a current student here

    There are so many dining areas for students to choose from! Every residence hall, in fact, has a dining area with various food options every day. For students with food allergies, Penn State's Food Services are very helpful with students dine safely. Also, there are many healthier choices for students as well. If you're a student, you also get a discount if you have a meal plan on campus!

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  • 4
  • Jessica from Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jun-05-2017 I am a current student here

    You have a ton of options when looking at dining halls. North: Breakfast and Lunch are great-- totally underrated South: Buffet is the best for late night (8:30-10ish) West: all meals are amazing, cookies can't be beaten West Wing: good for a quick fix East: buffet is okay, sushi is great, Good 2 Go is clutch Pollock: best buffet dinner if West meal doesn't look good The HUB: plenty of places for grab and go food and you can use your meal points (eg. Chik fil A, Panda Express, etc.)

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  • 4
  • Jesse
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    The food is great. I have heard some people complain about the food, but I honestly love it. The dining commons buffets are more expensive overall, and they have a lot of options that they usually rotate through with variations for special occasions and themes for certain months. Redifer's food is great and cheap. And they have something called fourth meal that takes place in the buffet long after most food service areas are open on campus.

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  • 3
  • Kathryn - Malvern, PA
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    I live in North and there are not many options in the North Commons. East has a better variety and is not too far. The hub is good, but it is expensive.

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  • 5
  • emily from morrisville, pa
  • Jun-15-2016 I am a current student here

    there are 4 different main dining halls on campus for students to choose from. in addition, there are several cafes and small eateries on campus where you can still use meal points or lioncash. food is very good and catered to everyone of different diets.

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  • 5
  • salvatore from montrose, pa
  • May-10-2016 I am a current student here

    penn states on-campus dining takes the cake. there are many options and no matter where you're located you will have multiple options to choose from. i recommend pollock dining hall if you want a big meal, get the cookies! if you're in a hurry places like the mix and the onion are perfect spots to go, as they are mini marts with delis/grills inside. just beware of the freshman 15 when eating all this tasty food! lets not forget the famous berkey creamery, i won't even try to describe the ice cream there because it won't do it justice. but its amazing!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • From Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dec-14-2017 I am a current student here

    Penn State has a large greek community and there are many fraternities and sororities you can join. Many people find this to be a great place to meet people just like them and find life long friends from these organizations. I am not a part of greek life, but a lot of my friends are and they all love it. You are directly involved with THON through greek life and also do many other outreach programs benefitting the community.

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  • 0
  • Victoria from Wexford, PA
  • Nov-27-2017 I am a current student here

    The Greek life at Penn State is on a decline due to many frats becoming suspended. I would recommend joining a sorority because they follow the rules and standards that they are supposed to.

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  • 0
  • Trae from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jul-14-2017 I am a current student here

    Greek Life at Penn State, sometimes, can be typical. Most fraternities are not on campus and usually they give back and develop charities for good causes. There are many fraternities and sororities to join at Penn State.

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  • 0
  • salvatore from montrose, pa
  • May-10-2016 I am a current student here

    i am debating on joining a business frat next semester due to my workload, but if theres one thing i recommend it is to get involved in greek life. this is where you will meet your friends for life and the social scene is incredible. greek life isn't how it is panned out to be in the movies or media. the psu frats are very fun to go to for parties and they are also very safe. the ifc (frat police) monitor the area nightly, not to bust kids for drinking, but to make sure nothing bad happens when kids leave the frats. the sororities dont have their own houses but many of my closest friends are in sororities and they're having the times of their lives. greek life is something to consider when coming to psu, if you are somewhat interested i say go for it, you dont want to regret anything in your college career.

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  • 0
  • Kylie from Swarthmore, PA
  • Aug-26-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Penn state does have greek life, and it seemed like a large one, although on the campus tour it wasn't much talked about.

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  • 0
  • Olivia from Farmington, NY
  • Jun-25-2015 I am a current student here

    Best decision I made besides attending Penn State. Gets me involved in campus life, let me meet more people than I ever would alone.

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  • 0
  • misty from fort worth, tx
  • Jan-12-2015 I am a current student here

    frats are easy to get in because there are so many. sororities are more competitive. going to frat parties every weekend is more of a freshman thing to do unless you're actually in greek life. as students get older, they start going to more apartment parties where they are surrounded by their group of friends and club members.

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  • 0
  • Alexandra from MD
  • Dec-31-2014 I am a current student here

    Less than 25% of Penn Staters are involved with Greek Life although it sure feels like a lot more than that are. Most of the Frat Houses are off the southern end of campus, and each Sorority has a floor in a building in South Halls. Depending on which side of the spectrum your opinion towards Greek Life lies, you are sure to find something that suits your fancy.

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