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Old 02-03-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I'm looking into transferring from orlando Fl, to attend Penn state. How is the area around the university? Is it pretty safe living on campus? How long would the commute be from state college to valley forge on a normal business day(since I will be coming home some weekends.)

Any additional info would be Great!
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Old 02-03-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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The crime rate in and around State College is relatively low. If you drive 30 minutes in any direction from the campus, you are in the country. As far as commuting from there to Valley Forge, Pa. - geesh, that's quite a drive. I'd say two hours one way at best; add at least another half hour for road construction, accidents, etc.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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Have you looked at College Admissions, Search, and Financial Aid Help from College Confidential ? Here's a specific PSU forum:
Penn State - University Park - College Discussion Not that you won't get some good answers right here but most of the people on this board are post college age.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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State College is an oasis in the middle of a whole bunch of nothing IMO. The town is very safe while also being interesting (as is usually the case with towns with large universities). Commuting between Valley Forge and State College on a regular basis isn't an option; you are probably talking about roughly a 3 hour drive one-way or a little less (maybe 2:40 or 2:45) in good conditions.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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State College is a great town to go to school and live in. I lived there for two years, crime rate was very low, nice winters, lots of outdoor activities, tons of Penn State events to go to, traffic isn't bad (only during game weekends). I often see State College ranked good in quality of living, ratio of singles, and low crime.

It would definitely be a change from Orlando, but a good change at that.
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Old 02-03-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you. yes i definatly will not be taking that trip everyday. Maybe like 2 times a month or so.

thanks for all the information
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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Travel time from State College to Harrisburg is about 2 hours. Add almost the same time to reach the Valley Forge exit on the PA turnpike from Harrisburg. Total from 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Maybe less if you do it at night, more if you do it on Thursdays (heavy truck traffic).
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Travel time from State College to Harrisburg is about 2 hours. Add almost the same time to reach the Valley Forge exit on the PA turnpike from Harrisburg. Total from 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Maybe less if you do it at night, more if you do it on Thursdays (heavy truck traffic).
You must drive slow because it takes me about 1 1/2 hours to get from Harrisburg to State College and just over 1 hour, maybe 70 minutes or so, to get from Harrisburg to the PA Turnpike Valley Forge exit (Exit 326). Both of those figures assume no significant congestion. Of course, I have a bit of a lead foot (typically go betwen 70-75 MPH on limited access roads).
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I haven't been to State College since 322 was widened so, you're right, my estimate for driving from State College to Harrisburg may be a little long. Ah, State College! I recall so fondly the heady aroma of fast food fry grease trapped in the town by the surrounding hills with a few spicy notes of sewage near some of the student high rises. Had to visit every six months to see my allergy specialist, stop off at the International Market to pick up some condiments, and outta there!

Have made it from Harrisburg to Oxford Valley Mall in less than 2 hours, but I never count on doing that since there always seems to be construction on the turnpike.

IMO, if someone is considering a relocation even partly based on travel times they should always estimate on the high side.
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Old 02-03-2008, 08:53 PM
 
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The OP is talking about going home once in awhile to Valley Forge, not commuting. According to mapquest, it's three hours.
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