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Penn State University Park

University Park, PA 4-Year Public
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About Penn State

Penn State - University Park Overview

Penn State - University Park is a public, state school in a small town setting in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State was founded in 1855 and currently enrolls around 47,560 students per year year, including 40,600 undergrad students. Penn State ensures on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by October 1.

Student Involvement at Penn State

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Penn State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Penn State has fraternities and sororities.

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

2022 Penn State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 58%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 37%
In-State Tuition $18,368
Out-of-State $35,946
Percent of Need Met 62.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,491

Is Penn State 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 look at these areas to get a better sense of what Penn State offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Penn State - University Park

Penn State is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Penn State is 58%. Out of 78,578 applications received in 2022, 45,269 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Penn State

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.

Approximately 93% of students who start at Penn State return the next year. 85% of Penn State undergrads graduate 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 Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 72% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Penn State grads have an average starting salary of $48,779 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Penn State - University Park's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Penn State's endowment was valued at $2.8 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State

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 meets 62.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,491 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $43,359 in student loans per borrower. 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 financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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.

Based on this information, is Penn State the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Penn State a good school for you?

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Where is Penn State?

Penn State is located in the small town setting of University Park, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Harrisburg.

If you would like to see Penn State for yourself, 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 and University Park are like without leaving home.

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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

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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

26 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

26 to 32

Avg

26 and Less

Low

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Penn State SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

Not available

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Math SAT Range

600 - 710

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Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Penn State Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$33,482

In State

$51,060

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$18,368
$35,946
Fees
$530
$530
Housing
$12,744
$12,744
Books
$1,840
$1,840

Student Life

Wondering what life at Penn State is like? There are approximately 47,560 students enrolled at Penn State, including 40,600 undergraduate students and 6,960 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 66% percent are from PA and 34% percent of students are from other states.

97%

Full Time

3%

Part Time

66%

In State

34%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

47,560

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

N.A.

Tuition and Fees

In State

$18,898

Out-of-State

$36,476

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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