Pennsylvania State University – Main Campus: Ranking & Review

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Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate50%46%54%
Applicants56,11427,84428,270
Admissions28,23312,93315,300
Enrolled undergraduates7,8633,9253,938
Enrolled total (including graduate students)47,11925,21221,907

16,064 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

72 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $65. Application fee for graduates - $65.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores5,098
Percent of students submitting SAT scores65%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
620
Math
630

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores2,351
Percent of students submitting ACT scores30%
ACT Composite
27
ACT English
28
ACT Math
27

Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $36,344 $51,572
Off-campus $36,344 $51,572
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $11,280 and other expenses per full academic year.

Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 13,721 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $17,416 $32,644
Fees for full-time undergraduates $1,020 $1,020
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $726 $1,360
Tuition for Full-time graduates $20,732 $35,586
Fees for full-time graduates $1,020 $1,020
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $864 $1,483

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Engineering 10 1,886 344 159 2,399
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 108 1,878 270 15 2,271
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 53 956 54 33 1,096
Social Sciences 858 44 51 953
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11 831 7 12 861
Health Professions and Related Programs 693 89 13 795
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 667 31 69 767
Education 28 346 157 95 626
Physical Sciences 386 31 87 504
Psychology 1 369 32 38 440
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 374 9 13 396
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1 320 25 34 380
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 7 251 54 8 320
Mathematics and Statistics 215 22 14 251
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 241 8 249
Visual and Performing Arts 189 45 5 239
Legal Professions and Studies 1 100 114 215
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 156 15 20 191
English Language and Literature & Letters 107 26 12 145
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences 2 118 6 7 133
Natural Resources and Conservation 2 102 6 2 112
Architecture and Related Services 74 25 1 100
History 66 5 3 74
Philosophy and Religious Studies 4 24 4 4 36
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 32 32
Science Technologies & Technicians 28 28
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1 6 7
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 2 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Grand Total22811,1741,41180913,622

A total of 11,402 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus.

At the master's and doctor's level 2,220 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate85%82%88%
  • Full-time retention rate - 93%
  • Part-time retention rate - 80%

General info

Alternative namesPenn State
PSU
Founded1855
MottoMaking life better
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorsblue, white
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff13,850
Instructional FTE3,056
Research FTE670
Public Service FTE72
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewww.psu.edu
Address201 Old Main
University Park, Pennsylvania, 16802-1503
United States
Urbanization levelCity: Small
City population10,000 - 50,000
Phone8148654700

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