PSU

Pennsylvania State University

201 Curtin Rd, University Park, United States
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  • Total Documents
    10,225
  • Class Notes
    5,997
  • Textbook Notes
    914
  • Study Guides
    3,308
  • Currently Enrolled
    6,960
  • Previously Enrolled
    5,566

Overview of Pennsylvania State University (PSU)

About this school

Penn State University Park, founded in 1855, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Architecture, Business Administration, Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, and Science. Its 5,617-acre campus is located in University Park, 70 miles northwest of Harrisburg.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:40,835
    • Men:21,761 (53.3%)
    • Women:19,074 (46.7%)

Location

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Admission Information (PSU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Penn State University Park is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
Not reported

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
201 Old Main
City, State, Zip
University Park, PA  16802
Phone
(814) 865-5471
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
50% of 56,114 applicants were admitted
Women
54% of 28,270 applicants were admitted
Men
46% of 27,844 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
9,479 (34%) of 28,233 admitted students enrolled
Women
4,639 (30%) of 15,300 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,840 (37%) of 12,933 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.58
375 And Above
33%
3.50 - 3.74
30%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
629 average |580-680 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
19%
• Score 600 - 700
47%
• Score 500 - 600
30%
• Score 400 - 500
3%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
618 average |580-660 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
11%
• Score 600 - 700
55%
• Score 500 - 600
31%
• Score 400 - 500
3%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
28 average |25-30 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
28%
• Score 24 - 29
61%
• Score 18 - 23
10%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (PSU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $18,436|Out-of-state: $33,664
  • Room & Board: - $11,280 (62.9886084431539%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,840 (10.27473754746482%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $4,788 (26.736654009381283%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Penn State University Park accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003329
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
6,266 (74.2%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
4,095 (65.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,746 (91.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,269 (33.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
64%
Average Award
$9,620
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,335 (35.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,536
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,010 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,572
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 2,392 (63.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
493 (5.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,649

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
23,987 (60.1%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
18,378 (76.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
17,527 (95.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
5,234 (29.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
63%
Average Award
$10,783
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,301 (41.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,629
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 14,719 (84.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,748
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 10,546 (60.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
3,562 (8.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,195

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
54%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$37,307
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
11.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,200

Academics & Instruction (PSU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


2,679

Part-Time Faculty


387

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


72%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 15% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 24% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 27% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 11% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 8% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 8% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 7% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 10% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 28% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 42% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 7% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 9% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
7,381,564

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
3154
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Penn State University Park provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


93.1%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


66.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


82.9%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


84.9%

Programs & Majors (PSU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (122)


  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Adult and Continuing Education Administration
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
  • Agriculture, General
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Food Science
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Toxicology
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Engineering, Computer and information sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering, geoscience

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Fine Arts, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Architecture, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Biotechnology, Master of Architectural Engineering, Master of Health Administration, Master of Music Education, Master of Accounting, Master of Applied Statistics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Environmental Pollution Control, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Laws, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Engineering, Master of International Affairs, Master of Geographic Information Systems

Master's Programs of Study (116)


  • Accounting
  • Acoustics
  • Adult Education
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biopsychology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Information Science
  • International Affairs
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Leisure Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mass Communication
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Mineral/Mining Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Pathobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Recreation and Park Management
  • Rural Sociology
  • Russian
  • School Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Vocational and Technical Education

Campus Life (PSU)

Location & Geography

Population


38,420

Nearest Metropolitan Area


7,958 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Harrisburg

Weather


Temperature
18.5 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
90 mile(s) from campus in Harrisburg
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in State College
Nearest Train Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Lewiston

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


35% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


65%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Mountain lion
School Colors
Navy blue and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
baseball, basketball, cross-country running, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Penn State University Park offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


20% of women participate

Fraternities


17% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


39,785

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
40,835
Women
19,074
Men
21,761

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 7.0% Asian
  • 4.9% Black/African-American
  • 7.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 74.8% White
  • 2.0% Unknown

International Students


11.5% from 133 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


6,284

Student Resources (PSU)