It is no secret that Penn State is a nationally recognized and esteemed university. Therefore, it is quite fitting that Penn State was once again recognized as one of the best public universities in the country in a list published by Niche .
The website publishes an annual list of the best universities based on a number of factors, including academics, student life, parties, and Greek life. Penn State did well this year with an A + overall score and was named the 20th best public university in the country.
Penn State was overtaken by five other Big Ten schools, with Michigan at No. 2, Wisconsin at No. 12, Illinois at No. 14 and Purdue at No. 16. But Penn State ranked higher in specific categories. in the N. 9 for student life, No. 11 for the party and No. 7 for Greek life. Penn State also ranked 32nd as the best campus this year.
Compared to Penn State rivals, Ohio State University ranked 22nd overall, and the University of Pittsburgh ranked 30th.
Two of the Penn State Commonwealth campuses, Penn State Scranton and Penn State Lehigh Valley, ranked high in the campus security category.
However, Penn State didn't feature prominently at all. According to the Niche list, Penn State was ranked 113th for the best academics and 598th for the best dormitories in the country.
Want to see where Penn State finished in other categories? See the full Niche list here .