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Penn State University Park

University Park, PA 4-Year Public

About Penn State

Penn State - University Park is a public, state school located in the small town setting of University Park, PA, less than an hour from Harrisburg.

Founded in 1855, Penn State currently enrolls around 46,313 students a year, including 39,809 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Penn State's endowment was valued at $2,757,600,000 in 2021.

2021 Admissions Facts About Penn State

Acceptance rate: 54%

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: October 1

What's the acceptance rate at Penn State - University Park in 2021?

Admission to Penn State is very difficult. The acceptance rate at Penn State is 54 percent.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Penn State a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Penn State, around 92 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 8,160 students who started at Penn State as first-time freshman, 5,690 graduate within four years.

Around 86 percent of students who started at Penn State earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 72 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $48,779 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $42,657 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Penn State sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Penn State a good school for YOU?

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College Info

201 Old Main University Park, PA 16802

Campus Setting: Small Town

Penn State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Penn State is Dec 1.

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

Penn State ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


25 to 30


25 and Less


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Penn State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

580 - 700


Reading SAT Range

580 - 670

Penn State Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Penn State is like? There are approximately 47,223 students enrolled at Penn State, including 40,639 undergraduate students and 6,584 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 66% percent are from PA and 34% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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