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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus Overview

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus is a public institution located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The rural area surrounding Penn State World Campus is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

What Is Pennsylvania State University - World Campus Known For?

1,775 Undergraduate Awards
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at Penn State World Campus is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Penn State World Campus.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Penn State World Campus with a bachelor's degree make about $50,100 a year. That's 23% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus Rankings

Penn State World Campus landed the #156 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #14 out of 137 schools in Pennsylvania.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Penn State World Campus has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Penn State World Campus.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Horticulture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Social Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Mathematics & Statistics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Radio, Television & Digital Communication Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Geography & Cartography Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Penn State World Campus has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Graduates College Factual
#16 Best Human Resource Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#21 Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management Graduates College Factual
#23 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#27 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual

Where Is Pennsylvania State University - World Campus?

Location of Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

Contact details for Penn State World Campus are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 128 Outreach Building, University Park, PA 16802-1503
Phone: 814-865-5403
Website: worldcampus.psu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/psuworldcampus
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PSUWorldcampus

How Do I Get Into Penn State World Campus?

You can apply to Penn State World Campus online at: admissions.psu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Penn State World Campus

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 World Campus?

67% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
22% Submit SAT Scores
Penn State World Campus has an acceptance rate of 67%, 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 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 22% of students accepted to Penn State World Campus submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 620. Math scores were between 490 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pennsylvania State University - World Campus  ( 490 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - World Campus  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800
Penn State World Campus received ACT scores from 4% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 27. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Pennsylvania State University - World Campus  ( 19 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - World Campus  ( 18 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pennsylvania State University - World Campus  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pennsylvania State University - World Campus?

59% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Penn State World Campus, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $8,197 a year. That adds up to $32,788 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Penn State World Campus 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 - World Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,564 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,346 undergraduate students at Penn State World Campus, with 2,564 being full-time and 5,782 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Penn State World Campus

There are also 6,112 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,564 full-time undergraduates at Penn State World Campus, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Penn State World Campus

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Penn State World Campus Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 124
Black or African American 172
Hispanic or Latino 270
White 1,729
International Students 61
Other Races/Ethnicities 208

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Pennsylvania State University - World Campus. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

14,458 Took All Classes Online
14,458 Took At Least One Class Online
7.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 67 bachelor’s degree and 52 master’s degree programs available online at Penn State World Campus. In 2017-2018, 14,458 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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This school is the most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Penn State World Campus

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pennsylvania State University - World Campus was 7.6%. This is the #124 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Penn State World Campus regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Penn State World Campus majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 51%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 66%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 71%
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 50%
Communication & Journalism 9%
Community Organization & Advocacy 34%
Computational Science 71%
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
Curriculum & Instruction 7%
Education 23%
Educational Administration 32%
Electrical Engineering 80%
Engineering 5%
Engineering Technologies 17%
Entrepreneurial Studies 83%
Environmental Control Technology 44%
Finance & Financial Management 19%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 50%
General Education 32%
General Social Sciences 53%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 27%
Health Professions 0%
Information Science 9%
Information Technology 55%
Instructional Media Design 10%
Legal Professions 3%
Management Information Systems 88%
Marketing 81%
Mathematics & Statistics 4%
Mechanical Engineering 64%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 63%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 3%
Nuclear Engineering 64%
Other Engineering 11%
Other Homeland Security 33%
Other Psychology 50%
Physical Sciences 15%
Physics 67%
Psychology 10%
Public Administration 22%
Public Administration & Social Service 25%
Public Relations & Advertising 19%
Special Education 37%
Statistics 3%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 33%
Visual & Performing Arts 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Penn State World Campus ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology #1
Other Engineering #1
Horticulture #1
Plant Sciences #1
Nuclear Engineering #1
Mining Engineering #1
Mechanical Engineering #1
Agricultural Engineering #1
Biological & Physical Science #1
Data Processing #1
Statistics #1
Germanic Languages #1
Communication & Journalism (Other) #2
Architecture & Related Services #2
Geography & Cartography #2
Urban & Regional Planning #2
Systems Engineering #2
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics #2
Physics #2
Other Homeland Security #2
Journalism #2
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #2
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #3
Geological & Earth Sciences #3
Romance Languages #3
Computer Engineering #3
Other Business, Management & Marketing #3
International Relations & National Security #3
Natural Resource Management #3
Agricultural Economics & Business #3
Physical Sciences #4
Community Organization & Advocacy #4
Legal Research #4
Other Psychology #4
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #4
Public Relations & Advertising #4
Engineering #4
Philosophy #4
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #5
Human Development & Family Studies #5
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #5
Philosophy & Religious Studies #6
Political Science & Government #6
Mathematics & Statistics #6
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #6
General Social Sciences #7
Teaching English or French #7
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #8
History #8
History #8
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #10
Special Education #12
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #12
Homeland Security #12
General Education #12
Curriculum & Instruction #12
Visual & Performing Arts #13
Natural Resources & Conservation #14
Teacher Education Subject Specific #14
Information Science #15
Economics #17
Communication & Media Studies #18
Public Health #19
Finance & Financial Management #19
Instructional Media Design #20
Legal Professions #22
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #23
Communication & Journalism #24
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #26
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #26
Liberal Arts General Studies #26
Public Administration #27
General Psychology #31
Teacher Education Grade Specific #32
Marketing #34
General Business/Commerce #34
Nursing #35
Psychology #36
Computer Information Systems #37
Social Sciences #39
Information Technology #41
Public Administration & Social Service #42
Educational Administration #44
Human Resource Management #45
Computer & Information Sciences #49
Accounting #51
Criminal Justice & Corrections #53
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #54
Education #57
Health & Medical Administrative Services #59
Business Administration & Management #73
Business, Management & Marketing #81
Health Professions #82

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 - World Campus Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Human Resource Management 9 8 0 125 24 207 0 373
General Business/Commerce 0 81 0 166 72 0 0 319
Information Science 0 43 0 85 98 37 0 263
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 29 208 0 237
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 171 40 0 211
Nursing 17 0 0 131 6 26 10 190
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0 56 113 0 169
General Psychology 0 0 0 159 0 0 0 159
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 0 158 0 158
Information Technology 15 0 57 74 0 0 0 146
Statistics 0 0 0 0 81 57 0 138
Special Education 0 0 0 0 50 78 0 128
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 65 61 0 126
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 13 107 0 120
Computer Information Systems 22 0 0 0 0 74 0 96
Finance & Financial Management 8 0 0 62 0 25 0 95
Computational Science 0 0 0 0 0 78 0 78
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 74 0 0 0 74
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 70 0 70
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 70 0 70
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 69 0 69
Economics 0 0 0 65 0 0 0 65
Public Relations & Advertising 3 0 0 61 0 0 0 64
Accounting 0 0 0 42 7 14 0 63
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 36 0 27 0 63
Liberal Arts General Studies 5 34 0 12 5 0 0 56
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 56 0 56
Human Development & Family Studies 0 11 0 39 0 0 0 50
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 15 31 0 46
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
Horticulture 0 20 0 11 0 4 0 35
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 6 29 0 35
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 2 0 0 31 0 0 0 33
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 11 16 0 27
Marketing 0 0 0 19 7 0 0 26
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
General Education 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 22
Physics 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
Plant Sciences 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 18
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 15
Data Processing 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 12
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 2 1 0 7 0 10
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 1 3 5 0 9
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Management Information Systems 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 6
Journalism 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 5
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Public Health 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Industrial Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
History 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mathematics 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
International Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Data Entry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mining Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General English Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 154 197 59 1,365 804 1,742 10 4,331

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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