When it comes time to choose a college in Pennsylvania, one name that should top anyone's list should be Penn State. With its award-winner educational programs, lauded athletics teams, and plenty of fun and exciting events happening throughout the campus, they have something for everyone at this campus. They rank as the fourth best school for industrial engineering, the third best for supply chain management and logistics, and is number fifteen on US News and World Report's list off the Top 50 Public National Universities, and is included in Newsweek's list of America's 25 Hottest Colleges for Entrepreneurs. Their sports teams, the Nittany Lions, has also garnered a huge heap of praise, as well as several awards, and their football is commonly ranked in the top ten. With praise like this, it's hard to find a reason not to attend school here.
The first step once you're accepted into the college is to find a place to stay, because a college experience can't be much fun without a roof over your head. Thankfully, Penn State provides plenty of dorm, apartment and suite-style housing for those in need. Each of the many different residence houses provide different rates, but for the most part the break down into standard residence rooms, with dual occupancy, is going to run you $2,055 a semester, while most standard suites will cost around $2,415, with nicer suites costing $2,610 for dual occupancy or $3,355 for single. In addition, Eastview Terrace provides single units for students, with small single with bath costing $3,475 a semester, while a large single with bath will cost you $3,650 a semester, but is not available to freshmen. You can also get an apartment-style room at the Nittany Apartments, where a two-bedroom garden apartment will cost you $2,480, a four-bedroom garden, $2,790, or a four-bedroom townhouse, $2,890. Graduate students can also choose to live on campus in the White Course Apartments, with $655 a month for a four bedroom apartment for a single students, or, for students with families, a 3-bedroom for $1,070 a month, two-bedroom for $945 a month, or a one-bedroom for $825 a month.
The residence houses are each varied, and offer a little something different for each individual student. Halls in the south section include Atherton, Cooper, Cross, Ewing, Haller, Hibbs, Hoyt, Lyons, McElwain, Simmons and Stephens Hall. These halls provide you with numerous entertainment, shopping and eating options, and is close to the Penn State Bookstore. To the west await Hamilton, Irvin, Jordan, McKee, Thompson and Watts, which are located very near two libaries and the Rec Hall, and is home to the famous Nittany Lion Shrine. The Pollock halls are another fantastic options, and include Beaver, Hartranft, Hiester, Mifflin, Porter, Ritner, Schulze, Shunk and Wolf halls, and contain the Pollock Laptop Library, as well a full computer lab. These halls are also located within a close distance to the Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex and the Eisenhower Auditorium. The east halls, Bigler, Brumbaugh, Curtin, Geary, Hastings, McKean, Packer, Pennypacker, Pinchot, Snyder, Spruol, Stone, Stuart and Tener, is a good place for athletes or sports fans, because you're always near Beaver Stadium, Bryce Jordan Center, and the intramural fields, as well as the Ag Arena. The North holds the most amazing halls, Beam, Holmes, Lette, and Runkle, which offer beautiful suite style living.