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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
Website
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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
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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.428 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.424 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 248 responses
Report
  • We are...Penn State
    60%
  • Pride
    10%
  • 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.500 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.598 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 283 responses
Report
  • WE ARE
    63%
  • EXCELLENT
    14%
  • Great School Overall
    7%
  • A little bit of all of the above.
    6%
  • 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 has been a great experience for a plethora of reasons. The two that stand out the most for me would have to be the extracurricular activities offered in addition to the diverse student body attending the school. In regards to the clubs offered, one has boundless options to pursue and enjoy there interest right here on campus. If the hobby you are looking for isn't present then no worries, contact the appropriate people and create the club! The diversity that the campus has goes along with the clubs offered as they both cultivate a space for any and all individuals that are interested in attending this school. WE ARE!
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Penn State is amazing. I know I made the right choice for many reasons. I have an amazing group of supportive and hilarious friends, the academics are appropriately challenging, and there is always something to do. Football games are always something to look forward to because the whole school comes together to represent Penn State as a whole. There is an opportunity for everyone to do something they like, no matter their interest. No matter it is getting so competitive... everyone wants the resources and environment that Penn State fosters!
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!