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?
$46,324Avg Cost After Aid
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%.
The highest award offered at Penn State University Park is the doctor's degree.
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
We have ranked Penn State University Park as #231 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 137 colleges in Pennsylvania, it is ranked at #21.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Penn State University Park has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
You can apply to Penn State University Park online at: admissions.psu.edu/apply/
Admission Requirements for Penn State University Park
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Transcript
College Prep Program
neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores
How Hard Is It To Get Into Penn State University Park?
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 )
SAT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park ( 580 to 680 )
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 )
ACT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park ( 25 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for Pennsylvania State University - University Park ( 25 to 30 )
Can I Afford Pennsylvania State University - University Park?
48%Take Out Loans
4.9%Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Penn State University Park is $46,324. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.
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
There are 40,363 undergraduate students at Penn State University Park, with 39,321 being full-time and 1,042 being part-time.
There are also 6,447 graduate students at the school.
Of the 39,321 full-time undergraduates at Penn State University Park, 53% are male and 47% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pennsylvania State University - University Park students is as follows.
Number of Grads
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
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
89Took All Classes Online
13,344Took 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.
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 Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*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.
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