Pennsylvania State, University Park (Main Campus)

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Pennsylvania State (also known as Penn State, or just PSU) is a public, four-year university that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a university with “high research activity”. Penn State’s main campus is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, but the school has 24 campuses (19 commonwealth and 5 special-mission) located throughout the State. The University has one of the largest, and most loyal alumni associations of any university in the nation—as exemplified by the large percentage of alumni that donate to the school each year. The University’s mission, as stated on the school’s website, is ‘Penn State is a leader in higher education and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service with pride and focus on the future.’ Penn State was ranked 43rd in the world among accredited universities by Academic Ranking of World Universities and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

General Information

Admission Office
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802-1294
(814) 865-5471
Fax: (814) 863-7590
[email protected]
Contact: Mary Adams
Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1503
(814) 865-4700
www.psu.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 37,988
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 7,241
Degree-seeking undergrads: 37,171
Graduate enrollment: 6,130

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 51%
Percent students who return for sophomore year: 92%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $12,844 $13,706 $14,416 $15,250 +5.79%
Books and Supplies $1,168 $1,264 $1,360 $1,456 +7.06%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,740 $8,262 $8,820 $9,054 +2.65%
Other $3,456 $3,510 $3,924 $3,924 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $25,208 $26,742 $28,520 $29,684 +4.08%
In-state Off Campus $14,012 $14,970 $15,776 $16,706 +5.90%
In-state with Family $14,012 $14,970 $15,776 $16,706 +5.90%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $16,364
In-state Student Fees $838
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $28,642
Out-of-state Fees $838

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 5,033 70%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,614 36% $20,498,216 $7,842
• Federal grants 981 14% $5,043,152 $5,141
• Pell grants 835 12% $2,732,986 $3,273
• Other federal grants 845 12% $2,310,166 $2,734
State/local government grant or scholarships 1,129 16% $3,490,574 $3,092
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,061 28% $11,964,490 $5,805
Student loan aid 3,750 52% $29,491,055 $7,864
• Federal student loans 3,695 51% $20,037,701 $5,423
• Other student loans 695 10% $9,453,354 $13,602

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 11420 1418 715 133 552
Agriculture 266 23 16 1
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 37
Agricultural Business and Management, Other 1
Agricultural Mechanization 12
Agronomy and Crop Science 2 1
Animal Sciences 75 5 1
Food Science 22 8 7
Horticultural Science 17 5 1
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 40
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management 1
Plant Sciences, Other 3
Soil Science and Agronomy 5 3 3
Turf and Turfgrass Management 57
Architecture and Related Services 82 13
Architecture 49 6
Landscape Architecture 33 7
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 28 85
African Studies 11
African-American/Black Studies 3 12
Asian Studies/Civilization 4
East Asian Studies 7
Latin American Studies 4 5
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 19
Women’s Studies 10 38
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 501 41 48
Animal Physiology 3
Biochemistry 51 4 13
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 163 3 11
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 242 3 8
Biotechnology 17
Ecology 4 1
Entomology 3 1
Genetics 1 5
Immunology 1 1
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 26
Molecular Toxicology 1
Pathology/Experimental Pathology 1 4
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 1 2
Plant Physiology 1
Toxicology 19
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 2188 313 10 18 1
Accounting 286
Actuarial Science 75
Business Administration and Management 1 271 9
Business/Commerce 12
Business/Managerial Economics 174
Finance 568
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 250 2 1 6
Labor and Industrial Relations 73 22
Labor Studies 1
Management Information Systems 103
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 18
Marketing/Marketing Management 395
Organizational Behavior Studies 262
Real Estate 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 1043 7 24
Advertising 388
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 138
Journalism 331
Mass Communication/Media Studies 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 186 7 11
Computing and Information Sciences 818 22 32 14 5
Computer and Information Sciences 63 3
Computer Programming/Programmer 2
Computer Science 13 18
Information Science/Studies 755 9 14 14
Education 589 218 94
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 9 11 11
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 20 8
Agricultural Teacher Education 8 8 1
Art Teacher Education 34 5 6
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 12
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 27 8
Curriculum and Instruction 69 20
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other 5
Educational Leadership and Administration 7 10
Educational/Instructional Technology 21 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 294
Foreign Language Teacher Education 25
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 8 8
Music Teacher Education 34 5 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 157
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 1 5
Special Education and Teaching 23 10 2
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 14
Engineering 1301 338 140 112
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 93 18 15 5
Agricultural Engineering 25 7 6
Architectural Engineering 101 61 6
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 48 3 5
Chemical Engineering 107 5 7
Civil Engineering 221 30 7 3
Computer Engineering 49
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 141 48 21
Engineering Mechanics 3 80
Engineering Science 29 13 16
Engineering 14
Engineering, Other 6 10
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 15 10 10
Industrial Engineering 134 37 15
Materials Engineering 12 6
Mechanical Engineering 247 54 17
Mining and Mineral Engineering 6
Nuclear Engineering 50 21 6
Petroleum Engineering 21 16 3
Surveying Engineering 8
Engineering Technology 6 6
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 1
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 6
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 175 30 12 4
English Language and Literature 175 30 12
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 243 21 18 337
Chinese Language and Literature 1 43
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 26
Comparative Literature 18 7 2 6
French Language and Literature 45 6 2
German Language and Literature 20 1
Italian Language and Literature 7
Japanese Language and Literature 21 13
Linguistics 4
Russian Language and Literature 10
Spanish Language and Literature 95 8 9 275
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 592 60 7 18
Communication Sciences and Disorders 124 23
Dietitian Assistant 18
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 162 15 1
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other
Pre-medicine/Pre-medical Studies 29
Pre-veterinary Studies 33
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 177 22 6
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 49
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology 18
History 142 18 8
History 142 18 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 398 10 1
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 240
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 45 2 1
Forensic Science and Technology 24 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 89
Human Services 3
Community Organization and Advocacy 1
Youth Services/Administration 2
Legal and Law Studies 10 87
Law 87
Programs for Foreign Lawyers 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 43 61
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 43 61
Mathematics and Statistics 98 21 22
Mathematics 90 5 12
Statistics 8 16 10
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 176 18 4
Biological and Physical Sciences 171
International/Global Studies 18 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 5
Science, Technology and Society 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 133 18 7 1
Environmental Studies 21
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 10 1
Forest Sciences and Biology 40
Forest Technology/Technician 9 1
Natural Resource Economics 4 4
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other 38 4 2
Natural Resources/Conservation 25
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 443 11 14
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 283 8 11
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 160 3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 3
Physical Sciences 282 50 100 4
Acoustics 9 5
Astronomy 13 2 4
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 70 10 4
Chemistry 28 11 41
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 24
Geology and Earth Science 73 12 14
Materials Science 33 1 18
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 4
Physics 41 5 14
Psychology 464 31 26
Counseling Psychology 7
Educational Psychology 3 2
Psychology 464 18 14
School Psychology 10 3
Science Technologies/Technicians 24
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 24
Social Sciences 746 61 31
Anthropology 20 10 6
Archaeology 5
Economics 216 3 5
Geography 61 31 5
International Relations and Affairs 230
Political Science and Government 152 11 1
Sociology 62 6 14
Visual and Performing Arts 341 59 4
Acting 30
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 20 6 4
Art/Art Studies 64 12
Conducting 4
Design and Applied Arts, Other 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 13
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 80
Graphic Design 17
Keyboard Instruments 2
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1
Music Performance 3 16
Music 27
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 2
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 14
Visual and Performing Arts 85
Voice and Opera 3
Work and Family Studies 304 16 14 14
Human Development and Family Studies 188 9 10 14
Human Nutrition 116 7 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Business A
Agricultural Education Services B
Agricultural Mechanization B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B
Horticulture Science B
Landscaping B
Soil Science and Agronomy B
Turf Management B,C

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
African-American/Black studies C
East Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Latin American studies C
Women’s Studies B
Women’s studies C

Arts, Visual & Performing
Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Design and applied arts B
Film Studies B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B
Pathology – Human/Animal B
Toxicology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General A
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management A,B
Labor/Personnel Relations B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems A,B
Education
Adult/Continuing Teacher Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Educational Evaluation/Research B
Elementary Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Special Education B

Engineering
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Aerospace, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering C
Architectural Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering C
Civil Engineering B
Civil Engineering C
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Science B
Engineering Mechanics C
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B
Mining/Mineral Engineering B
Nuclear Engineering B
Petroleum B

Engineering Technologies
Electrical Engineering Technologies B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Human Development/Family Studies A,B
Human Nutrition B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Japanese Language and Literature C
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Communication Disorders B
Dietician Assistant A
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) A,B
Premedicine B
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic B

History
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B
Mathematics
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological/Physical Sciences B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Forest Sciences/Biology B
Forest Technology B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Counseling Psychology C
Psychology – General B

Science Technologies
Biology Technician B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies B
Law Enforcement Administration B
Security and Protective Services B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Development Economics B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


Ratings for Pennsylvania State, University Park (Main Campus)


Student Reviews: 4.56/5 (4)

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Penn State will 100% give you the college experience you are looking for.
The best tailgates in the country. The best parties in the country. As a college student what more can you ask for!?

I had really good luck with interviews since my resume has Penn State on it. Our Alumni and Pride in psu is HUGE. When PSU alumni meet, it is almost an instant bond.

I met some of the most amazing people I have ever met in my entire life here at Penn State. You will laugh until you cant breathe, you\'ll see amazing bands for free, you\'ll get a taste of freedom, you\'ll discover who you are and more importantly you\'ll discover your very own Penn State family.


The campus is huge..schedule your classes wisely because if you are walking it takes a lot longer than 10 mins to get from the library to the BJC and the following building. Good luck getting on the blue loop, or white loop, your best bet is to cheat and take the Red or Green link as far as they run and connect onto the loops.

If you live on Vairo and have to take the VE or V bus, LOL GOOD LUCK!! take the NV bus or even the N bus, it takes you right to the pointe/walmart and you get on easy as cake!

Another negative comment, class sizes are HUGE and the university has created the Iclicker to basically force you to come to class. So if youre someone who needs the teachers attention constantly..you may want to consider a psu branch campus.

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