A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Penn State is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
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Penn State 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
56%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1090-1300
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$25,055/ 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
    $20,873/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,463/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,481/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,105/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,278/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.398 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.423 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.419 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
40,139Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 243 responses
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  • We are...Penn State
    60%
  • Pride
    11%
  • Multi-faceted
    8%
  • Let's Party
    7%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Determined
    3%
  • Accepting
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.495 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.593 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 278 responses
Report
  • WE ARE
    63%
  • EXCELLENT
    14%
  • Great School Overall
    8%
  • A little bit of all of the above.
    5%
  • AWESOME!!!
    2%
  • Breathtaking
    1%
  • Can't wait to graduate
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.275 responses
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Penn State is an amazing campus with a multitude of career paths to choose from. There are tons of possibilities that one can get involved in at Penn State through clubs, community involvement, or sports. As an engineer, I am very glad that I chose this particular school because our engineering department is one of the best in the United States, and the chances of finding a job upon graduation is quite high. There is one particular thing that I would like to see change in the future at Penn State and that particular change is with academic scholarships for students. Currently, Penn State only offers athletic scholarships at the main campus, and at branch campuses I was able to find out that they offer academic scholarships. There are particular scholarships offered through individual colleges at main, but for someone is graduates in the top percentage of their class there should be some sort of scholarship given. Overall, Penn State is a great school. We Are!
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Yes, it is absolutely a drinking school. It can be hard to ignore some of the rampant student drinking issues, but it is a very large university and campus. There are hundreds of various campus groups and student organizations that you can join and find your own niche away from all of the crazy. If drinking and wild partying is your thing, I wish you luck not falling down a flight of stairs or dying during a hazing event, but rock on. The Eberly College of Earth & Mineral Sciences is an incredible institution, and some of Penn State's Academic programs and professors are, indeed, some of the best in the world. Go Penn State Geography!
I've had a great 3 and a half years at Penn State and learned a lot - not only from my classes and internships, but also about working hard, putting your best into what you do, and always making time to volunteer. I've participated in the world's largest student-run philanthropy, THON, and held leadership roles in the same club for 3 of my 4 college years. I worked at an award-winning, student-run newspaper and 2 startup nonprofits. I'm not just leaving with a degree, but also with amazing friends and shared experiences, a work ethic I didn't have going into college, and great real-world experience at companies!