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Tuition & Fees

$19,262

$32,212

not including room and board

in-state out-of-state More Financial Details

Selective

55%

acceptance rate

Accepted 23,603
Declined + 18,967
Total Received 42,570
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undergraduateRatios

54%

46%

male

female

1  :  17

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business
  2. Engineering
  3. Communications
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School Facts

Pennsylvania State, founded in 1855, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Architecture, Business Administration, Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Science, School of Nursing, Graduate School, Schreyer Honors College, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Penn State World Campus, Penn State College of Medicine, and School of International Affairs. Its 7,264-acre campus is located in University Park, 70 miles northwest of Harrisburg.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 46,615
Established in 1855
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABA (American Bar Association)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CORE (Council on Rehabilitation Education)
•  JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)
•  NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)
•  SAF (Society of American Foresters)

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Codes

SAT 2660
ACT 3656

Public

40,085

undergraduate students

6,530

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
6%
600-699
30%
500-599
49%
400-499
14%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
14%
600-699
43%
500-599
35%
400-499
8%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
6%
600-699
35%
500-599
46%
400-499
12%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
30-36
28%
24-29
49%
18-23
22%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
26%
24-29
57%
18-23
16%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
19%
24-29
65%
18-23
15%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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University Park, PA

7,264-acre campus at University Park near State College (population: 41,983), 90 miles northwest of Harrisburg; branch campuses in 23 locations. Served by air and bus; major airport serves Harrisburg; train serves Lewistown (35 miles). Public transportation serves campus.

Pennsylvania State University — University Park
University Park Campus
University Park, PA 16802

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
37%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
56 fraternities 19% of male students
 
31 sororities 16% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
36%
Top 1/4
78%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
6%
600-699
30%
500-599
49%
400-499
14%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
14%
600-699
43%
500-599
35%
400-499
8%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
6%
600-699
35%
500-599
46%
400-499
12%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
30-36
28%
24-29
49%
18-23
22%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
26%
24-29
57%
18-23
16%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
19%
24-29
65%
18-23
15%
12-17
1%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted no
Application deadline November 30 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Selective

55%

acceptance rate

Accepted 23,603
Declined + 18,967
Total Received 42,570

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Anne Rohrbach
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
P: 814 865-5471
F: 814 863-7590
admissions@psu.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $16,572
Room $5,460
Board $5,060
Additional fees $930
Books & supplies $1,760
Total $29,782
Average Financial Aid - $10,723
Total with Avg. Aid $19,059

Financial Aid

60%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$10,723

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $40,989,306
State $23,250,699
Institutional $32,828,809
Other external $8,086,599
Total $105,155,413

Non-need-based

Federal $7,232,940
State $51,268
Institutional $10,381,516
Other external $25,281,919
Total $42,947,643

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
fencing
field hockey
football
golf
gymnastics
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division I)
Mascot
The Nittany Lion
School colors
blue and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Acoustics
Actuarial Science
Administrative Justice
Adult Education
Advertising/Public Relations
Aerospace Engineering
African/African-American Studies
Agribusiness Management
Agricultural Business
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Science
Agricultural Systems Management
Agricultural/Biological Engineering
Agricultural/Environmental/Regional Economics
Agricultural/Extension Education
Agriculture/Extension Education
Agro-ecology
Agronomy
Agronomy/Crop Science
Air Force Aerospace Studies
American Studies
Anatomy
Animal Physiology
Animal Science
Animal Sciences
Anthropology
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavioral Sciences
Applied Clinical Psychology
Applied Linguistics
Applied Psychology
Applied Psychology Research
Archaeological Science
Architectural Engineering
Architecture
Art
Art Education
Art History
Astronomy
Astronomy/Astrophysics
Atmospheric Science/Meteorology
Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology
Behavioral Health
Biobehavioral Health
Biochemistry
Biochemistry/Biophysics
Biochemistry/Microbiology/Molecular Biology
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Bioengineering
Biogeochemistry
Biological Anthropology
Biological Engineering
Biological/Biomedical Science
Biology
Biomedical Engineering Technology
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Biotechnology
Building Engineering Technology
Business
Business Administration
Business Economics
Business/Liberal Arts/Sciences
Cell/Developmental Biology
Cell/Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Childhood/Early Adolescence Education
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Classics/Ancient Mediterranean Studies
College Student Affairs
Communication Arts/Sciences
Communication Disorders
Communication Science/Disorders
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Communication Studies/Speech
Communication Studies/Speech Communication
Communication/Journalism
Communications
Community Organization
Community Psychology/Social Change
Community/Economic Development
Community/Environment/Development
Comparative Literature
Comparative/International Education
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science/Engineering
Computer/Information Science
Conducting
Corporate Communications
Counseling Psychology
Counselor Education
Creative Writing
Crime/Law/Justice
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Curriculum/Instruction
Demography
Drama/Dramatics/Theatre Arts
Earth Science
Earth Sciences
Ecology
Economics
Education/Public Policy
Educational Administration
Educational Evaluation
Educational Leadership
Educational Psychology
Educational Theory/Policy
Educational/Instructional Technology
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology
Electromechanical Engineering Technology
Elementary Education
Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings
Elementary/Kindergarten Education
Energy Engineering
Energy/Business/Finance
Energy/Geoenvironmental Engineering
Energy/Mineral Engineering
Engineering Management
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Engineering Science/Mechanics
English
English Language/Literature
Entomology
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Health
Environmental Pollution Control
Environmental Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Environmental Systems Engineering
Film/Video
Finance
Food Science
Forensic Science
Forensic Sciences
Forest Resources
Forest Sciences
Forest Technology
French
French/Francophone Studies
General Arts/Sciences
General Business
Genetics
Geobiology
Geoenvironmental Engineering
Geographic Information Systems
Geography
Geology/Earth Science
Geoscience
Geosciences
German
Global Studies
Graphic Design
Health Administration
Health Education
Health Evaluation Sciences
Health Policy/Administration
Higher Education
History
Horticulture
Hospitality Administration/Management
Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional Management
Human Development/Family Studies
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources/the Environment
Human Nutrition
Humanities
Immunology/Infectious Disease
Immunology/Infectious Diseases
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Health/Safety
Industrial Relations/Human Resources
Information Science/Technology
Information Sciences
Information Sciences/Technology
Information Systems
Instructional Systems
Integrative Arts
Integrative Biosciences
Interdisciplinary Business/English Studies
Interdisciplinary Humanities
Interdisciplinary/Digital Studio
International Affairs
International Business
International Politics
International Studies
International/Global Studies
Italian
Japanese
Jewish Studies
Journalism
Kinesiology
Lab Animal Medicine
Labor Studies/Employment Relations
Labor/Industrial Relations
Landscape Architecture
Landscape Contracting
Latin American Literature
Law
Law/Society
Leadership Development
Leisure Studies
Letters/Arts/Sciences
Literacy Education
Management
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Marketing
Mass Communications
Materials
Materials Engineering Technology
Materials Science Engineering
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Science
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Media Studies
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medieval Studies
Meteorology
Microbiology
Microbiology/Immunology
Mineral Economics
Mineral Engineering Management
Mineral Processing
Mining Engineering
Mining Technology
Molecular Medicine
Molecular Toxicology
Music
Music Education
Music History/Literature
Music Performance
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory/Composition
Music/Arts
Musical Arts
Musical Theatre
Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology
Natural Resources/Conservation
Naval Science
Neuroscience
Nuclear Engineering
Nursing
Nutrition
Nutritional Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Oil/Gas Engineering Management
Operations Research
Organizational Leadership
Parks/Recreation/Leisure Studies
Pathobiology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum/Mineral Engineering
Petroleum/Natural Gas Engineering
Pharmacology
Philosophy
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physics
Physiology
Piano/Organ
Plant Biology
Plant Pathology
Plant Physiology
Plastics Engineering Technology
Political Science
Pre-Medical/Medical Science
Pre-Medicine
Professional Writing
Project Management
Psychological/Social Sciences
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health Preparedness
Public Health Science
Public Policy
Quality/Manufacturing Management
Radiologic Science
Recreation/Park/Tourism Management
Rehabilitation/Human Services
Religious Studies
Rural Sociology
Russian
Russian Translation
Russian/Comparative Literature
School Psychology
Science
Science/Business
Secondary Education
Secondary Education/Social Studies
Security/Risk Analysis
Social Sciences
Social/Philosophical Foundations
Sociology
Software Engineering
Soil Science
Spanish
Special Education
Statistics
Structural Design/Construction Engineering Technology
Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain/Information Systems
Surveying Engineering
Surveying Technology
Systems Engineering
TESOL
Teaching English as a Second Language
Teaching/Curriculum
Telecommunications
Telecommunications Studies
Theatre
Toxicology
Training/Development
Turfgrass Science
Veterinary/Biomedical Sciences
Visual Art Studies
Voice/Opera
Wildlife Technology
Wildlife/Fisheries Science
Women's Studies
Wood Products
Workforce Education/Development
World Languages K-12 Education
Youth/Family Education
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Undergraduate

86%

40,085
students

Female
46%
18,558

Male
54%
21,527

Graduate

14%

6,530
students

Female
45%
2,967

Male
55%
3,563

undergraduateFull-time

96%

38,826
students

Female
47%
18,031

Male
53%
20,795

undergraduatePart-time

4%

1,259
students

Female
42%
527

Male
58%
732

Student Break-down

9%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Hispanic/Latino
71%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

44%

Transfer applicants accepted

49%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

36

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Other
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

95%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders

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