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Penn State is a public graduate school in State College, Pennsylvania. It has a big graduate student body with an enrollment of 6,284 graduate students. The 119 graduate programs at Penn State are all on-campus only and none are offered online. The most popular graduate school programs at Penn State are Accounting, Law, and Programs for Foreign Lawyers. 12% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
6,284
Part-Time Grad Students
733
Research Assistants
846
Teaching Assistants
2,746
Racial Diversity
  • White
    43.4%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    41.2%
  • Hispanic
    4.6%
  • Asian
    3.2%
  • African American
    2.9%
  • Unknown
    2.8%
  • Multiracial
    1.8%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%
  • Native American
    0%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
Median Household Income
$33,735
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$986
National
$949
Median Home Value
$284,300
National
$184,700
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I am a first year graduate student in the criminology PhD program (I’m coming in without a master for reference). I’ve had a great experience so far, my program is invested in its students and has numerous opportunities for research and mentorship.

Additionally, the school itself has an amazing health insurance plan (I’m a single individual) and the on campus University Health Center has a vast amount of resources and that are nearly entirely covered if you participate in the student health insurance plan.
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Overall a very important time of my life and a good place to spend it. The campus is beautiful (at least, the area around it), the sports facilities, while old, are excellent, and the libraries are much better places to study than other colleges I have visited. The local ice cream is delicious too. The only thing I disliked was the beauracracy of the administration; it was more trouble than necessary to approve my thesis. Campus police can also be overzealous for anything parking related.

Take my return on investment rating with a grain of salt; most of my classmates are doing better. One bought a house already.
Huge school. Obviously very program and department specific, but the support you get is fairly limited and you really have to work hard to seek them out. Not the most enjoyable town to be a grad student.