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  • 4 Year
  • UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

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Full on-campus activities have resumed for the fall 2021 semester. The vast majority of courses are returning to in-person instruction, with some hybrid and web-based course options. Penn State is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses, as well as while using public transportation. Learn More

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade A
  5. Athletics
    grade A+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A+
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade A
  11. Student Life
    grade A+
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

201 SHIELDS BUILDING
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA 16802
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
From Penn State

This is your chance. The one where you get to decide if you’ll just live in the future – or if you’ll run it. And Penn State is the place where you can take that chance. So get ready to run the future at Penn State.

Penn State’s long tradition of academic excellence, investment in student success, and commitment to providing unrivaled opportunities make the University a great place to study, but it is the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff that make it truly exceptional.

We are looking for students that want to share in the passions and talents of this impactful Penn State community. Discover how your Penn State years will not only shape your academic and career pursuits, but will broaden your perspective, establish life-long connections, and set the stage for experiences you cannot even begin to imagine.

Your future is calling, and Penn State is ready for you.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
56%
SAT Range
1160-1360
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$26,151 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,107 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
65%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
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. 467 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 463 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    39%
  • On Campus
    50%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
39,321 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,042
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 128 responses
  • Pride
    28%
  • Multi-faceted
    19%
  • Let's Party
    16%
  • Determined
    9%
  • Stressed
    9%
  • Accepting
    8%
  • Many students party because they are stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 539 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 637 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 322 responses
  • WE ARE
    63%
  • EXCELLENT
    12%
  • Great School Overall
    8%
  • A little bit of all of the above.
    6%
  • AWESOME!!!
    3%
  • An interesting experience for students of color
    2%
  • Can't wait to graduate
    2%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
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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