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Pennsylvania State University - University Park Overview

Pennsylvania State University - University Park is a public institution located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The city atmosphere of University Park makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Pennsylvania State University - University Park Known For?

39,785 Full-Time Undergraduates
$30,996 Avg Cost After Aid
50% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Penn State University Park have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Penn State University Park.
  • In 2017-2018, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Penn State University Park bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $50,100 a year. That's about 23% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Penn State University Park to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Pennsylvania State University - University Park Rankings

College Factual ranked Penn State University Park as #112 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, it is ranked at #13.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Penn State University Park has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Penn State University Park

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 45
Best Colleges for Veterans 64
Best Colleges 112
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 123
Best Colleges for Diversity 348
Best Colleges for the Money 698

Where Is Pennsylvania State University - University Park?

Location of Pennsylvania State University - University Park

Contact details for Penn State University Park are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802-1503
Phone: 814-865-4700
Website: www.psu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pennstate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/penn_state

How Do I Get Into Penn State University Park?

You can apply to Penn State University Park online at: admissions.psu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Penn State University Park

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Penn State University Park?

50% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores
Penn State University Park has an acceptance rate of 50%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 46%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Penn State University Park submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park  ( 580 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park  ( 580 to 680 )
200
800
Penn State University Park received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 31. Math scores were between 25 and 30. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park  ( 25 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pennsylvania State University - University Park?

$30,996 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Penn State University Park is $30,996. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Penn State University Park

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,436 $22,487 $27,097 $32,589 $34,890

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Penn State University Park, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $10,942 a year. That adds up to $43,768 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Penn State University Park is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Pennsylvania State University - University Park Undergraduate Student Diversity

39,785 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 40,835 undergraduate students at Penn State University Park, with 39,785 being full-time and 1,050 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Penn State University Park

There are also 6,284 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 39,785 full-time undergraduates at Penn State University Park, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Penn State University Park

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pennsylvania State University - University Park students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Penn State University Park Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,445
Black or African American 1,732
Hispanic or Latino 2,619
White 26,300
International Students 4,643
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,046

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Pennsylvania State University - University Park. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 147 countries are represented at Penn State University Park. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Pennsylvania State University - University Park

89 Took All Classes Online
13,344 Took At Least One Class Online
0.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 13,344 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Penn State University Park has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Penn State University Park

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pennsylvania State University - University Park was 0.6%. This is the #1,989 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Penn State University Park regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Pennsylvania State University - University Park Majors

In 2017-2018, Pennsylvania State University - University Park awarded 21,790 undergraduate degrees and 4,366 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 369 159 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 133 33 6
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 83 1 1
Agricultural Engineering 0 50 6 1
Agricultural Public Services 0 6 3 3
Allied Health Professions 0 24 0 0
Animal Science 0 90 4 0
Anthropology 0 31 5 5
Archeology 0 2 0 0
Architectural Engineering 0 87 45 4
Area Studies 0 5 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 20 11 4
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 36 9 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 79 2 5
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 284 6 8
Biological & Physical Science 0 134 0 0
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 0 20 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 4
Biomedical Engineering 0 102 8 7
Biotechnology 0 0 15 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 3 2
Business Administration & Management 0 0 130 13
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1
Chemical Engineering 0 228 5 12
Chemistry 0 38 9 26
Civil Engineering 0 178 13 14
Classical Languages & Literature 0 18 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 8 8
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 47 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 147 7 8
Communication Sciences 0 125 19 6
Computer Engineering 0 75 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 185 1 2
Computer Science 0 0 27 19
Computer Software & Applications 0 18 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 187 6 0
Criminology 0 0 2 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 45 28
Design & Applied Arts 0 25 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 24 11 0
East Asian Languages 0 18 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 3 7
Economics 0 526 4 14
Education Philosophy 0 0 5 8
Educational Administration 0 0 18 7
Educational Assessment 0 17 1 0
Electrical Engineering 0 205 44 28
Engineering Science 0 33 10 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 32 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 52 5 6
Ethnic Studies 0 28 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 73 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 473 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 62 15 2
Food Science Technology 0 42 10 3
Forestry 0 15 2 1
General Agriculture 0 36 0 0
General Architecture 0 41 12 2
General Biology 0 265 1 7
General Business/Commerce 0 4 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 1 0
General English Literature 0 91 20 9
General Psychology 0 364 23 28
General Social Sciences 0 1 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 20 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 1
Geography & Cartography 0 29 7 9
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 151 10 7
Germanic Languages 0 12 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 152 13 1
Health & Physical Education 0 197 4 4
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 61 0 0
History 0 76 3 5
Horticulture 0 41 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 190 1 4
Human Development & Family Studies 0 91 7 8
Human Resource Management 0 198 38 0
Industrial Engineering 0 175 53 9
Information Science 0 589 7 20
Information Technology 0 252 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 4 9
International Relations & National Security 0 137 0 0
International Studies 0 0 45 0
Journalism 0 228 0 0
Landscape Architecture 0 32 3 0
Law 0 0 0 142
Legal Research 0 0 121 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 8 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 12 5 7
Management Information Systems 0 46 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 2 0
Marketing 0 221 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 16 15
Materials Sciences 0 109 0 0
Mathematics 0 183 5 16
Mechanical Engineering 0 351 38 23
Medieval Studies 0 1 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 19 0 4
Mining Engineering 0 11 0 0
Music 0 33 16 5
Nanotechnology 0 0 2 0
Natural Resource Management 0 1 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 39 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 28 3 4
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 2 1
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 1 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 43 7 3
Nursing 0 132 32 0
Nutrition Science 0 97 2 11
Other Agriculture 0 4 1 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 103 0 0
Other Engineering 0 91 12 0
Other Social Sciences 0 0 1 6
Petroleum Engineering 0 64 18 15
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 11 0 1
Philosophy 0 48 1 7
Physics 0 55 10 22
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 1 3
Plant Sciences 0 19 10 14
Political Science & Government 0 161 5 7
Public Relations & Advertising 0 296 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 100 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 105 3 4
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 85 0 0
Religious Studies 0 3 0 0
Romance Languages 0 87 17 3
Science, Technology & Society 0 7 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 8 1 0
Sociology 0 40 7 8
Soil Sciences 0 0 4 0
Special Education 0 14 20 6
Statistics 0 100 19 8
Student Counseling 0 0 30 8
Surveying Engineering 0 3 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 15 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 220 1 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 41 14 7
Teaching English or French 0 0 18 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 19 0 0
Zoology 0 0 3 7
Total 4 21,786 2,818 1,548

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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