Penn State University Park Profle


Penn State University Park, founded in 1855, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Architecture, Business Administration, Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, and Science. Its 5,617-acre campus is located in University Park, 70 miles northwest of Harrisburg.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 52% of 45,502 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: Rolling

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Considered
Extracurricular Activities: Considered

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.54
SAT Math: 614 average  560-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 579 average  530-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 588 average  540-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: Not reported


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $31,720  Out-of-state: $44,022
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $16,444 Out-of-state: $28,746
Room and Board: $9,690
Average Percent of Need Met: 60%
Average Freshman Award: $9,159
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $33,530


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 2,481
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 20% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-59 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 8% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

E-mail: (None)
Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification: On a rolling basis
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 003329: Free

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