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Penn State Berks

Reading, PA 4-Year Public
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About Penn State Berks

Penn State Berks Overview

Penn State Berks is a public, state school in the suburban setting of Reading, Pennsylvania. Penn State Berks was founded in 1924 and enrolls 2,130 undergrads and no graduate students. Penn State Berks ensures on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by October 1.

Student Involvement at Penn State Berks

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Penn State Berks's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Penn State Berks students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Penn State Berks has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Penn State Berks on the Student Life page.

2022 Penn State Berks Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 97%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 29%
In-State Tuition $15,086
Out-of-State $25,100
Percent of Need Met 58%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,437

Is Penn State Berks a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better idea of what Penn State Berks offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Penn State Berks

Penn State Berks is very difficult to get into. Around 97% of applicants get into Penn State Berks each year. Last year, 5,156 students applied to Penn State Berks and 4,981 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Penn State Berks

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 76% of students who start at Penn State Berks come back the next year. Around 60% of students who started at Penn State Berks earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Penn State Berks Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Penn State Berks by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Penn State Berks directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State Berks

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Penn State Berks meets 58% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,437 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $39,989 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State Berks.

Based on this information, how does Penn State Berks sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Penn State Berks a good school for you?

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Where is Penn State Berks?

Penn State Berks is located in the suburban setting of Reading, Pennsylvania.

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College Info

Tulpehocken Road, PO Box 7009 Reading, PA 19610

Campus Setting: Suburban

Penn State Berks Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Penn State Berks ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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33 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Penn State Berks is 24. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Penn State Berks. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Penn State Berks SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Penn State Berks Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Penn State Berks is like? There are approximately 2,130 students enrolled at Penn State Berks. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from PA and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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