Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA, USA
4.03 Average Rating

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State, is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a main campus in University Park. This public research institution was founded in 1855 and is one of the largest universities in the US by student body. Its high research activity has led to its Applied Research Lab and the United States Department of Defense maintaining a research partnership for the United States Navy since 1945. Penn State offers 275 bachelor’s degree options across its 24 campuses, an Online World Campus, and a wide variety of Education Abroad opportunities, faculty-led, semester, and summer programs. The University Park campus features the Schreyer Honors College.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting City
In State Students
58%
Out of State Students
42%
0
100
50%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 28
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1202
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1, 2018 May 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision November 30, 2018 May 1, 2019
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
47,119
Total Number of Undergrads
40,835
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • ROTC Air Force
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
0
100
66%
Graduate in 4 Years National: 28%
0
100
86%
Graduate in 6 Years National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
16:1
National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$29,226
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$16,952
Out-of-State Tuition
$31,434
0
100
63%
Need Met
Students Receiving Financial Aid
38%
Average Aid Per Year
$6,629
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
51%
49%
Student Organizations
1,041
Size of Town
City: Small
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
yes
On Campus Women's Center
yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Philadelphia
New York
Pittsburgh
State College
Washington
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
72%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$48,500
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What Students Are Saying

4.03 Average Rating
Penn State was a large beautiful school. It offered many different fields for students to choose to major in. There were many activities to do, organizations to join, and people to meet.
Michelle
i am a very proud penn state student. penn state is an institution that wants you to succeed. people here all this talk about college's don't care if you succeed or not, they just want your money. that may be true but as long as you apply yourself and ask for help when needed, then penn state educators will do everything they possibly can to help you with school work, internships, tutoring, note-taking, work study, and so much more. the student body is one of a kind. never have i ever seen students come together the way penn state did in support of thon or any other charitable organization like breast cancer awareness, etc. penn state is one big family, and i wouldn't have chosen anywhere else to go.
Ashley from Lancaster, PA

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