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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
  • 5
  • Linda from Elizabethville, PA
  • Jan-15-2015 I am a current student here

    With five main dining halls and numerous small food joints to choose from, there is always something here at Penn State University Park that will satisfy your palate. Whether it be a whole pan of cheesy pizza or soft, warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies, we have it all here! In addition, Penn State Food Services make all kinds of foods from around the world, so you will never have to feel homesick for fine home-cooked meals. They truly try to make Penn State your new home!!

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  • 4
  • Misty from Fort Worth, TX
  • Jan-12-2015 I am a current student here

    There's a Japanese cook in Pollock that I adore. South buffet can be bland but they always mix it up. Of course there is fast food on campus, but mostly stick to your meal plan AND STAY AWAY FROM STARBUCKS if you don't want to drain your money.

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  • 3
  • Alexandra from MD
  • Dec-31-2014 I am a current student here

    There are lots of options for food on campus and some right down town, but none of it is quite like grandma's famous Thanksgiving. It is understandable though because Penn State has a lot of mouths to feed. In East Dinning Commons, they are talking about renovating everything, so that looks promising!

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  • 5
  • Kristina from Greensburg, PA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    Simply put, our dining halls are awesome. From sushi to pizza, and everything in between, our campus dining offers a variety of tastes. Not to mention, there is a plethora of restaurants and cafes downtown for you to indulge in!

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  • 4
  • Amanda from Blakeslee, PA
  • Dec-02-2014 I am a current student here

    From what I have had at the HUB, which is the main student gathering area, it has been good. It offers a variety of food options from Panda Express to a Salad bar that just about everything you can imagine.

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  • 5
  • Keisha from Columbus, OH
  • Dec-02-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    University Park is a big place, and with more than 35 places to eat, It can be hard sometimes to know what you really want because they offer so much.

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  • 4
  • PSU
  • Nov-18-2014 I am a current student here

    There are dining halls in every dorm complex and serve a variety of food. They also supply nutritional information for each item so you know exactly what you're eating. I would reccommend eating in Pollock Dining Commons that is located in the South Residence Halls (About a 5-10 minute walk from East Halls) because they have the largest variety of food and in my opinion it is the most delicious!

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  • 4
  • Huyen from Lebanon, PA
  • Nov-02-2014 I am a current student here

    There are different choices each day and there are even grab and go options. If you don't like a certain dining hall then there are multiple others to choose from. Occasionally they serve ethnic foods so you can experience what different cultures' foods are like.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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