Pennsylvania State University -- University Park

University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University -- University Park

University Park, PA

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Tuition & Fees

$18,450

$35,514

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
12%
600-699
55%
500-599
28%
400-499
2%
300-399
0
700-800
25%
600-699
43%
500-599
28%
400-499
2%
300-399
0
30-36
32%
24-29
53%
18-23
13%
12-17
0
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undergraduateRatios

53%

male

47%

female

1

teacher

14

students

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Selective

49%

acceptance rate

Accepted 35,302
Declined 36,601
Total Received 71,903
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Public

40,639

undergraduate students

6,584

graduate students

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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.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 47,223
Established in 1855
Coeducational Coeducational

7,264-acre campus at University Park near State College (population: 42,430), 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.

  • Metropolitan area: Harrisburg
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: University Park

Pennsylvania State University — University Park
201 Old Main
University Park
16802-1503

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
36%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Events

  • Homecoming
  • Four Diamonds Dance Marathon
  • Parent's Weekend

Fun Facts

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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
12%
600-699
55%
500-599
28%
400-499
2%
300-399
0
700-800
25%
600-699
43%
500-599
28%
400-499
2%
300-399
0
30-36
32%
24-29
53%
18-23
13%
12-17
0

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $65
School has early action program yes

Selective

49%

acceptance rate

Accepted 35,302
Declined 36,601
Total Received 71,903

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
standardized test scores

Important

rigor of secondary school record

Considered

extracurricular activities
alumni/ae relation
character/personal qualities
application essay
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
class rank
state residency
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest
first generation
interview
recommendation(s)
religious affiliation/commitment

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

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Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intramural Sports Men

Ice hockey

Intramural Sports Women

Ice hockey

Club Sports Men

Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Cheerleading, Crew, Equestrian sports, Riflery, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Squash, Table tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo, Weight lifting

Club Sports Women

Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Cheerleading, Crew, Equestrian sports, Riflery, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing (downhill), Squash, Table tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo, Weight lifting

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 1
USCAA

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Acting
Advertising
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
African-American/Black Studies
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Engineering
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Agriculture, General
Animal Sciences, General
Anthropology
Archeology
Architectural Engineering
Architecture
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Asian Studies/Civilization
Astronomy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Economics, General
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering Science
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Finance, General
Food Science
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Forensic Science and Technology
Forest Sciences and Biology
French Language and Literature
Geography
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
Graphic Design
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Industrial Engineering
Information Science/Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Journalism
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Labor and Industrial Relations
Landscape Architecture
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Materials Science
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Nuclear Engineering
Organizational Behavior Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Petroleum Engineering
Philosophy
Physics, General
Plant Sciences, General
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Russian Language and Literature
Science, Technology and Society
Secondary Education and Teaching
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Toxicology
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Freshman honors college
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

47,223

total students

66%

in-state

34%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

86%

40,639
students

Female
47%
19,110

Male
53%
21,529

14%

6,584
students

Female
46%
3,050

Male
54%
3,534

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

39,529
students

Female
48%
18,703

Male
52%
20,826

3%

1,110
students

Female
37%
407

Male
63%
703

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 94%
Student 4 year graduation rate 68%
Student 5 year graduation rate 16%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

12%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
64%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

316

Transfer students enrolled

1%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests yes
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES yes
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Legal
  • Personal/Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • 24 hour library
  • Computer training or assistance
  • Health clinic
  • Library reserved study rooms
  • Women's center

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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