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Here are the 10 most popular majors at PSU!

1. Information Science/Studies

What is Information Science/Studies?

A program that focuses on the theory, organization, and process of information collection, transmission, and utilization in traditional and electronic forms. Includes instruction in information classification and organization; information storage and processing; transmission, transfer, and signaling; communications and networking; systems planning and design; human interfacing and use analysis; database development; information policy analysis; and related aspects of hardware, software, economics, social factors, and capacity.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has fallen 23.6% overall, from 5.53% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 4.16% in 2015. In the last year, however, percent of total completions has risen 10.5% from 3.77% in 2014 to 4.16% in 2015. Information Science/Studies hit an all time high in 2011 with 5.74% of total completions low in 2001 with 0.00% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 6.0% overall in the last five years, from 13.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 14.2 completions per 10k in 2015.

2. Accounting

What is Accounting?

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has risen 90.0% overall, from 2.00% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.83% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percentage of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015. Accounting hit an all time high in 2014 with 3.91% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 0.61% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 3.4% overall in the last five years, from 85.0 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 82.1 completions per 10k in 2015.

3. Psychology

What is Psychology?

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Been Relatively Stable Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has hovered around 3.52% overall over the five years prior to 2015. Psychology hit an all time high in 2004 with 4.51% of total completions and an all time low in 1984 with 0.59% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 4.6% overall in the last five years, from 125.2 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 131.0 completions per 10k in 2015.

4. Economics

What is Economics?

A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has risen 112.5% overall, from 1.56% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.37% in 2015. Economics hit an all time high in 2015 with 3.37% of total completions and an all time low in 2001 with 0.18% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 5.3% overall in the last five years, from 37.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 39.4 completions per 10k in 2015.

5. Finance

What is Finance?

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Includes instruction in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has fallen 22.5% overall, from 3.97% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 3.06% in 2015. In the last year, however, percent of total completions has risen 10.7% from 2.80% in 2014 to 3.06% in 2015. Finance hit an all time high in 2010 with 3.97% of total completions and an all time low in 1998 with 0.55% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 7.1% overall in the last five years, from 47.6 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 44.2 completions per 10k in 2015.

6. Mechanical Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has risen 31.8% overall, from 2.22% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.93% in 2015. Mechanical Engineering hit an all time high in 2015 with 2.93% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 0.83% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 28.4% overall in the last five years, from 27.5 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 35.3 completions per 10k in 2015.

7. Advertising

What is Advertising?

A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has fallen 7.4% overall, from 2.71% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.53% in 2015. Advertising hit an all time high in 2012 with 2.86% of total completions and an all time low in 2003 with 2.16% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 10.8% overall in the last five years, from 6.5 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 5.8 completions per 10k in 2015.

8. Kinesiology and Exercise Science

What is Kinesiology and Exercise Science?

A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. Includes instruction in biomechanics, motor behavior, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has risen 14.3% overall, from 2.11% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.44% in 2015. In the past year, however, percent of total completions has dropped 7.7% from 2.56% in 2014 to 2.44% in 2015. Kinesiology and Exercise Science hit an all time high in 2013 with 2.57% of total completions and an all time low in 2005 with 1.69% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 69.9% overall in the last five years, from 15.3 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 26.0 completions per 10k in 2015.

9. Biology/Biological Sciences

What is Biology/Biological Sciences?

A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.
 
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Risen Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has risen 22.2% overall, from 1.77% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.24% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percentage of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015. Biology/Biological Sciences hit an all time high in 2015 with 2.24% of total completions and an all time low in 1988 with 0.49% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has risen 10.8% overall in the last five years, from 74.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 82.4 completions per 10k in 2015.

10. Marketing/Marketing Management

What is Marketing/Marketing Management?

A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.
 
Percent of Students Graduating With This Major Has Declined Overall From 2010-2015

The percent of students completing this major compared to all completions at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has fallen 25.0% overall, from 2.76% of the total completions at this school in 2010 to 2.13% in 2015. This number seems to be stabilizing, however, with percent of total completions remaining relatively constant over the year prior to 2015. Marketing/Marketing Management hit an all time high in 2004 with 3.20% of total completions and an all time low in 1997 with 0.66% of total completions.

More broadly, the percent of students completing this major at all schools has fallen 12.7% overall in the last five years, from 46.4 completions per 10k total graduates five years ago to 40.5 completions per 10k in 2015.


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