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Penn State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,247 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 14 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

45% Women
55% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Big Ten Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $296,730)
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 -


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%
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
  • 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 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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  • 5
  • Abdul Aziz from Malaysia
  • Dec-18-2015 I am a current student here

    There are variety of food here you could find if you are seeking for gluten-free food, vegan diet or even halal for Muslims. Everything is catered and they are all fantastic!

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  • 5
  • Frosh from New Jersey
  • Dec-11-2015 I am a current student here

    No complaints here. The food is awesome! I was not expecting prime rib and proscuitto on the menu nor an expresso bar.

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  • 3
  • Alex from Reading, PA
  • Dec-10-2015 I am a current student here

    All dining commons are different in the quality of food. Pollock has the best. HUB student building has great dining options, just weird hours. Also, food places are downtown.

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  • 5
  • Crosley from Catasauqua, PA
  • Dec-03-2015 I am a current student here

    The food can get a little repetitive, but there's not much to be done about that when you're stuck here all year. The dining halls are great (West is best!) and have plenty of options to eat healthy. There are vegetarian options at each meal as well.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Keisha from Columbus, OH
  • Dec-02-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The Penn State fraternity and sorority community is one of the largest communities in North America and consists of a diverse group of men and women within 89 fraternities and sororities. Building lifelong friendships through collaborative and meaningful relationships is also a key component to the fraternal experience at Penn State.

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  • 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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