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  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
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Penn State is a highly rated public college located in State College, Pennsylvania. It is a big institution with an enrollment of 39,785 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Penn State acceptance rate is 50%. Popular majors include Information Science, Biology, and Economics. Graduating 85% of students, Penn State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,600.
About Penn State...
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
50%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1160-1340
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$25,346/ 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
    $21,514/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,101/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,602/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,131/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,177/ 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.435 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.431 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
39,785Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 255 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.507 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.605 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 290 responses
Report
  • WE ARE
    63%
  • EXCELLENT
    13%
  • 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
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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Penn State offers the perfect balance between academics and fun. The rigorous academics provide students with a top-notch education and the many clubs, sporting events, and activities going on around campus ensure that there is always something for everyone. The Penn State name is known around the world and the massive alumni network certain helps with finding a job after graduation. We Are!
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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!
Penn State is an amazing university that provides a world class education in a fun, safe, and affordable setting. It's a huge place and there is something for everyone. I was not in Greek life, but still had an awesome time. Most of the faculty members I encountered were fully engaged and really took time to help students despite the often large class sizes. There is no other campus on the planet with as much school pride. WE ARE!