Pennsylvania State University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.01 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 38 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 47,789 (41,359 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 11% part-time, 89% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $21,752 in-state; $36,606 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2008

College was large but manageable and it is a decision that I do not regret. I had a lot of fun, made a lot of great friends, and prepared me for my career as a doctor.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Pre-Medicine
Graduation Year: 2020

Overall, I love being at Penn State. The environment is so uplifting and there are so many opportunities or clubs that you can pursue. With such large numbers, you can find so many new friends. You just have to put yourself out there because everyone is in the same boat as you. Almost every professor I have had is great and will work with you if you are struggling. Watch out for TAs that are teaching the class because sometimes they don't know what they are doing. Altogether, the only other problem I have ever had was getting a hold of someone in billing to talk to them. You have to go there because the phone lines almost never go through. Other than that, Penn State has brightened my spirits and made me excited to strive for my future. Afterall, we are... PENN STATE!
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Supply Chain Management
Graduation Year: 2016

Not easy A's, but definitely a good school and a great program. Recommend 100%. Online program is two years long, with three classes every semester, including summer. All material covered is something that can be applied on the job and gets you the knowledge to be a better professional.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

I am a first-year graduate student in the MHA program at the Pennsylvania State University. I was an Undergraduate student at Penn State as well, and my experience was unforgettable. The large Health Policy and Administration program provided me with not only industry knowledge, but also core competencies like integrity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to network. Additionally, the MHA program has further developed those abilities and core competencies, which has better prepared me to become a healthcare leader.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018

The professors at The Pennsylvania State University gave me the best support as I was challenged through my graduate program. As an accredited program, I know going into my profession that I will have gained the skills needed to excel in my career. I have been challenged through the curriculum to push myself and do outside work to better my educational outcome. The professors are here to ensure that you work hard, but they also support you the entire way through your graduate studies. The majority of the school is white students, but the graduate level studies bring together a diverse group of student that work together and support one another through our studies. The counselor education program offers a clinic where graduate and doctoral student can be trained to counsel client and supervise students. The facility provides recordings of sessions in order for graduate level student to receive the best supervision as a consoler-in-training. The facility also provides high quality technology to be able to create notes for clients and to review session tapes. This program has some of the best professors from around the nation teaching classes and working to produce the best counselors possible.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017

Penn State University has much to offer: a top-notch education from one of the world's leading research universities, a large (but not overwhelming) and diverse study body including thousands of international students, modern dorms, high-tech classrooms, and outstanding student support services. Penn State also offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Located in central Pennsylvania, the campus is just a few hours from New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. The Penn State alumni network is also the largest such network in the world.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Non-Profit Management
Graduation Year: 2018

Choosing to go to The Pennsylvania State University was one of the best choices I could have ever make. It was a bit intimidating when I first stepped onto campus because the classes was so huge and I was also a minority. After getting acclimated with the campus, I started joining different minority groups, where I met my best friend, to be able to be around other student (African American) like me. Although the campus and classes were so huge, I could always find someone to help me with classes whenever I had trouble with a class. The teachers are also very helpful, they're always willing to go the extra mile for their students. The positive of being part of a big campus is meeting different students from around the world with different backgrounds and trying new things that you usually wouldn't try at home. Penn State have one of the largest alumni associations around the world. Don't matter if you're in the states or out of the country, you can always find someone who attended Penn State. Being a part of the Penn State connection is like being a part of a huge family because wherever you are they're around and always willing to help. The curriculum at Penn State is rigorous and you will need to put your all in each class to do well, but it prepares you for real life and the job your'e looking to get. We have one of the biggest career fairs because employers believe students from Penn State are the most prepared out of all the other school they recruit from. The amount of work that the teachers put on students is to push us to the limits and bring the best out of us. I am grateful I got the opportunity to attend Penn State and meet some lifelong friends, I would have never second guess the choice I made to attend The Pennsylvania State University.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

Penn State was an amazing school. Because the school is so large there are programs, clubs and resources for all students. However, it does require students to be proactive to finding their niche.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2009

It was a great experience. I love the world campus.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

I earned my Master's in Project Management from Penn State's online business school. I found it to be very workable with my schedule while working full time and occasionally relocating since I am active duty military.
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