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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Penn State Berks is an above-average public college located in Spring Township, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,553 undergraduate students. The Penn State Berks acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Business, Information Studies, and Biology. Graduating 56% of students, Penn State Berks alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,600.
About Penn State Berks...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
North Eastern Athletic Conference
Address
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610
Branch of
Penn State
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Penn State Berks Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
870-1110
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,767/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,083/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,457/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,631/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,940/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,019/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.32 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,553Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    39%
  • Driven
    33%
  • Excellent.
    22%
  • Unmotivated
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
74%
of students say they don't have Greek life.46 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.49 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Academic
    61%
  • Family
    33%
  • Boring
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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Penn State Berks Reviews

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Penn state Berks has great class sizes because of the intimate student to teacher ratio. This makes it easier to build connections with your classmates and professors, and making you feel your voice heard in class. Berks also offers a lot help if you are struggling with any classes. They have a room dedicated to tutoring for all sorts of classes. This all makes learning and growing on your education easier.
Socially, the campus offers a lot of game nights, movie nights, and performances to keep you entertained outside of your studies. The campus will even have carnival-like events a few times a year.
The campus is very small, along with the population. This can cause you feeling like you aren't living a typical college experience because of the calmness and vacancy of people. This also could be because the majority of the students commute.
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I loved Penn State Berks, I dreaded graduating because I didn't want the experience to end. Anything I say falls short of the amazing experiences I've had there and all the wonderful professors and staff that I have developed close relationships with as well as the great quality of education. The only thing I would recommend changing is the on campus food, however, there are plenty of place within walking distance of the campus that more than make up for it. I would highly recommend going to this College!
I have been a student at Penn State Berks for 4 years now. For me, my experience was quite different than the original "college experience." I am a commuter, therefore I am only on campus for events and class. I chose to be in multiple clubs and events to make sure that I was involved. Which brings me to what I like most about Penn State Berks, the involvement. They try very hard to keep all students involved, whether you are a commuter or an on-campus student. The campus goes above and beyond in their efforts. Something I would like to see change would have to be the commuters access to the campus. The parking spaces are very limited. For example, if you aren't arriving to campus before 9 AM, you will have a very difficult time finding any parking. Penn State is an awesome school and I am very fortunate to be apart of it.