Penn State University Park

University Park, PA

Penn State University Park, 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, and Science. Its 5,617-acre campus is located in University Park, 70 miles northwest of Harrisburg.

Website: www.psu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
40,835
Undergraduate
Students
(46.7%) 19,074 Women
(53.3%) 21,761 Men
6,284
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
50% of 56,114 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.58
SAT Math
580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
618 average
580-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
28 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $36,344
Out-of-state: $51,572
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $18,436
Out-of-state: $33,664
Room and Board
$11,280
Average Percent of Need Met
64%
Average Freshman Award
$9,737
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,695
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
2,679
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
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Campus Life

University Park Population
38,420
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Harrisburg
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
35% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Mountain lion
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
17% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
4.9% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.8% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students
11.5% from 133 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
66.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
201 Old Main
City, State, Zip
University Park, PA 16802
Phone
(814) 865-5471
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@psu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
50% of 56,114 applicants were admitted
Women
54% of 28,270 applicants were admitted
Men
46% of 27,844 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
9,479 (34%) of 28,233 admitted students enrolled
Women
4,639 (30%) of 15,300 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,840 (37%) of 12,933 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
2,168
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,359
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.58
3.75 and Above
33%
3.50 - 3.74
30%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
580-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
19%
Score of 600 - 700
47%
Score of 500 - 600
30%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
618 average
580-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
11%
Score of 600 - 700
55%
Score of 500 - 600
31%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
28 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
28%
Score of 24 - 29
61%
Score of 18 - 23
10%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 35%
Top quarter: 73%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $36,344
Out-of-state: $51,572
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $18,436
Out-of-state: $33,664
Room and Board
$11,280
Books and Supplies
$1,840
Other Expenses
$4,788
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003329
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
7,832 (74.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
6,049 (65.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,855 (91.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,158 (33.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
64%
Average Award
$9,737
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,470 (35.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,578
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,813 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,467
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2,188 (63.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
446 (5.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,444

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
39,683 (60.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
24,050 (60.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
18,459 (95.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
5,370 (29.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
64%
Average Award
$11,007
Need-Based Gift
Received by 17,399 (41.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,599
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 14,306 (84.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,789
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 10,749 (60.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
3,178 (8.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,730

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
53%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,695
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
11.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,952
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Toxicology
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management
  • Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Engineering, Computer and information sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, geoscience
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
2,679
Part-Time Faculty
387
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
72%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 28% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 42% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
7,381,564
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
3154
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Education, Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Biotechnology, Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Master of Architectural Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Engineering, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture, Master of Applied Statistics, Master of Music Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Statistics
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biopsychology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Counselor Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Entomology
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Mineral/Mining Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Organizational Management
  • Pathobiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Rural Sociology
  • School Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Vocational and Technical Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Statistics
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biopsychology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Counselor Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Entomology
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Mineral/Mining Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Organizational Management
  • Pathobiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Rural Sociology
  • School Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Vocational and Technical Education

Location and Setting


University Park Population
38,420
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Harrisburg
Campus Size
7,958 acres

Weather

Temperature
18.5 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in State College
Nearest Train Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Lewiston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
35% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
65%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Mountain lion
School Colors
Navy blue and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Fencing x x x x
Field Hockey x x    
Golf x x x x
Gymnastics x x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x x x
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Fencing x x
Field Hockey x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Fencing x x
Field Hockey    
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
ice hockey
Men's Club Sports
ice hockey

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
baseball, basketball, cross-country running, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
17% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
40,835
Women
19,074 (46.7%)
Men
21,761 (53.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
39,785
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
4.9% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.8% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students.
11.5% from 133 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
6,284

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
93.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
66.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
82.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
84.9%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
72%
Average Starting Salary
72%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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