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Penn State University Park

University Park, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate55%

About Penn State

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is known for being one of the leading research universities in the US. It offers distinguished academic programs across a variety of disciplines, plus a strong sense of community and school spirit. Penn State’s quality education is complemented with a great mix of campus-supported concerts, events, and sports. It is often considered a great school for those looking for the “classic” college experience. 

Penn State has a long list of highly ranked majors and programs including several of the engineering and computer science programs. The sprawling 8,556 acre campus is one of the largest university campuses in the United States. 

Sports culture is strong at Penn State, and for good reason. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Conference and boasts a long list of awards across the 31 NCAA varsity sports sponsored by the university. The football stadium, Beavers Stadium, is one of the largest college football stadiums in the country.

Did You Know? 

The largest student-run philanthropy in the world is Penn State’s THON, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Each year, Penn State students spend months raising money through events that culminate with a 46-hour dance marathon. 

Campus Visit Insights from the CC Community:

"I was impressed by the small community feel of a campus of this size. The downtown area and all it has to offer was larger and has more options than I thought before we visited. Lots of students wearing Penn State gear and very proud of their university." 

"Just an awesome vibe. [Penn State] felt small, even though it's a huge campus. Kids seemed happy and friendly! We liked it way more than we thought we would. My daughter didn’t think she’d like it and now she loves it."

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Penn State - University Park is a public, state university in the town of University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State was founded in 1855. The college currently enrolls around 48,765 students per year, including 41,805 undergraduates.

Penn State Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Penn State. The acceptance rate at Penn State is 55%. Out of 85,784 applications received in 2022, 47,360 students were offered admission.

Penn State - University Park Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 55%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.7
Test Optional May require tests
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 38%

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Penn State - University Park is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg.

If you would like to see Penn State for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Route 322 to University Park, or book a flight to the nearest airport, University Park.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Penn State - University Park and University Park are like without leaving home.

College Info

201 Old Main University Park, PA 16802

Campus Setting: Small Town

Penn State Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Penn State is Continuous processing.

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Penn State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1380


Math SAT Range

610 - 710


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

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Wondering what life at Penn State is like? There are approximately 48,765 students enrolled at Penn State, including 41,805 undergraduate students and 6,960 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 57% percent are from PA and 43% percent of students are from other states.


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