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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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 41,359
   Women 19,214 (46.5%)
   Men 22,145 (53.5%)
Graduate Students 6,430
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 56% of 52,974 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.59
SAT Math 612 average
560-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 578 average
530-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27 average
25-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $36,388
Out-of-state: $50,870
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $17,900
Out-of-state: $32,382
  Room and Board $11,860
Average Percent of Need Met 58%
Average Freshman Award $10,524
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 2,740
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
University Park Population 38,420
Nearest Metropolitan Area Harrisburg
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 34% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Mountain lion
Sororities 20% of women participate
Fraternities 17% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.2% Asian
4.7% Black/African-American
6.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.1% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 11.4% from 117 countries
First-Year Students Returning 93.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 67.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 68%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 19.6%