• Address: 201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1503

  • Phone Number: (814) 865-4700

  • Website: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu

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About The Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is a public research university providing education for the state and global students through its various educational programs which are being offered both on campus and online.

It is popularly known as Penn State UniversityIt consists of more than 47,199 students with over 17,000 faculties and staff across 24 campuses present in various locations of Pennsylvania. It was given land by the state itself to provide education and is the only university which got the land from the state.

  • It is the largest public university in the state and is known for offering one of the best undergraduate Teaching Programs.

  • Penn State acceptance rate is 58% whereas its graduation rate is 25%, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

  • Penn State University address is 201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 1680.


Penn State University Online

It is providing online education to the students annually through its online platform which is called as 'PennState World Campus'. It is providing more than 150 degrees and certificates online through this world campus site.

Penn State portal is the online learning management system used to provide the online classes effectively. It is designed to make sure that the students will get the same experience as of classroom face-to-face learning.

Students are requested to sign up with PSU WebMail to access the portal and other online resources provided by the university.

Penn State login page is used by the students to access the course related information, to know about the events happening in the university and check attendance. It can also be used to create the community with the people of similar interests to make academics more comfortable.


Penn State Colleges and Schools

College of Agricultural Science College of Health and Human Development
College of Arts and Architecture College of Information Science and Technology
Smeal College of Business Dickinson Law
Donald P Bellisario College of Communications Penn State Law
College of Earth and Material Science College of the Liberal Arts
College of Education College of Medicine
College of Engineering College of Nursing

Penn State University Tuition

There is variation in tuition cost for each program. The average tuition cost according to each degree is given below.

Degree Type Average Tuition
Associate $35,760
Bachelors $72,228
Masters $29,560
Undergraduate Certificate $9,045
Post Baccalaureate Certificate $10,874
Graduate Certificate $10,600

Penn State University Majors and Programs

The university is offering more than 160 Baccalaureate degree programs. More than 90 Associate degree programs are being offered at selected campuses. Some of the majors offered by the university include Accounting, Arts, Business Management, Education, Political Science, Nursing, Media Studies, and Applied Science.

Here are some of the programs offered by the university to its students.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Bachelor of Science in Finance
Graduate Certificate in Accounting Graduate Certificate in Corporate Accounting
Master of Finance Master of Professional Accounting

Penn State University Financial Aid

The university is offering various kinds of financial aids for the students to help them financially while pursuing their degrees. Federal school code of Penn State University is 003329. It is offering grants, scholarships and loans to its students. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • The Federal-Aid provided includes Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and others.

  • Pennsylvania State Aid includes the PHEAA Grant.

  • The Institutional Aid covered by the university includes Penn State Academic Grant, Steve A. Garban Grant, World Campus Student Fund, The Bunton-Waller Scholarship, Renaissance Scholarship, and many others.

  • Military Aid includes Tuition Assistance, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Tuition Assistance 'Top-Up' and, and Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits.


Penn State University Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Programmatic Accreditations

  • Law programs are accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (ABA).

  • Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

  • Nursing programs are accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Penn State University Library

The university is offering a wide range of volumes in different programs for its students. The libraries are located at each of its campuses as well as it is having the online presence as e-library.

Students can access the materials such as e-books, journals, and articles from the online library by logging in from their student account. The online assistance is provided to assist the students with any issue regarding the access of the e-library.


Penn State University Ranking and Reviews

Some of the ranking and reviews are given below. The ranking is according to the U.S.News report.

  • The university ranks 59th in 'National Universities'.

  • It ranks 52nd in 'Best Undergraduate Teaching'.

  • It ranks 131st in 'Best Value Schools'.

  • The university has a large campus and updated infrastructure which is helping the students in all-round development. 

  • The faculty is experienced and supportive towards the students.


Penn State Campus Life

The university is offering students with various clubs. Students can start their own clubs based on their interests. The students have a variety of campus events to participate in and explore their innate talents and abilities.

  • Penn State Athletics - There are about 16 men’s and 15 women’s athletic teams which are participating in the intercollegiate competitions presently. It possesses more than 800 student-athletes who are actively participating in various athletic events.

  • Penn State Football - It is one of the games which is providing an option for the diverse amount of students to take part in and encourage their college team. The department has given many facilities to support the athletes. Penn State Basketball and Wrestling are the two other sports which have a wide range of fan following and rich acclaim in this university.

The Pennsylvania State University Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Public
Also see:
Private vs Public

Headquartered at

State College, Pennsylvania

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003329
Also see:
What is FAFSA school code?
How to fill FAFSA application?

Institutional Accreditation

MSCHE
Also see:
What is Accreditation in Colleges and Universities?

Programmatic Accreditation

ABA, CCNE, ABET

Historically Black College or University

No

Facilities

Military Friendly, eLibrary , Veterans Friendly , Yellow Ribbon Program

Branches

Malvern (Pennsylvania), DuBois (Pennsylvania), Altoona (Pennsylvania)

Data Source: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

The Pennsylvania State University Statistics

Key Statistics
Acceptance Rate 58 %
Student Faculty Ratio 13: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 59 % Part Time: 50 %
Total Population 13,411
Student Population Full Time: 2,639 Part Time: 10,772
Gender Division Male: 50 % Female: 50 %
Admission Statistics Male Female
Total Applicants - 1,561 776 785
Total Applicants Admitted - 898 474 424
Applicants Enrolled - 327 158 169
Full time Applicants Enrolled - 113 46 67
Part Time Applicants Enrolled - 214 112 102

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 29 %

The College Monk

Female: 23 %

Total Graduation Rate: 25 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

The Pennsylvania State University Majors and Online Programs

Schools and Colleges in The Pennsylvania State University

College of Agricultural Sciences

Majors available

Chemistry Safety

College of Arts and Architecture

Majors available

Literature History

College of Education

Majors available

Education

College of Engineering

Majors available

Public Administration

Smeal College of Business

Majors available

Business Management

College of Medicine

Majors available

Health Science Aviation

College of Nursing

Majors available

Nursing Health Science

The Graduate School

Majors available

Education Information Systems

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communication

Majors available

Business Management

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

Majors available

Media Studies Safety

College of Health and Human Development

Majors available

Health Science Accounting

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Majors available

Human Services Information Technology

Dickinson Law

Majors available

Sociology

Penn State Law

Majors available

Sociology

College of the Liberal Arts

Majors available

Literature Information Systems

Eberly College of Science

Majors available

Safety

Schreyer Honors College

Majors available

Information Systems

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Majors available

Information Technology

The Pennsylvania State University Admissions and Application Requirement

Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $65
Graduate Application Fee $65

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 60
Number of students submitting ACT scores 24
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 18%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 7%
SAT Math 520 average 470 - 570 range
SAT Critical Reading 500 average 440 - 560 range
SAT Writing 505 average 450 - 560 range
ACT Composite 23 average 21 - 25 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.


The Pennsylvania State University Admission ProcessAdmission Process

For Undergraduate Program

  • Signing up: Applicants need to create a MyPennState profile in order to start the online application process
  • Application Form: The application form has 5 sections that need to be filled out, the first two sections are mainly for the applicant’s biographical information
    • Academics- The applicant’s academic history must be provided
    • Program of Study- Applicants are required to choose campuses and majors of their choice
    • Additional Information
    • Review and Submit

For Graduate Program

Applicants looking to apply for the graduate program at Penn State must have either a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.


Application Requirements

  • Applicants need to submit their official High School/General Educational Development transcripts.
  • Applicants must submit their official college/university transcripts with all the details of institutional accreditation, grades earned, upon examination of all this, students will be awarded transfer credits.
  • All international applicants are required to submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

Note: All the transcripts must be sent to Penn state directly from the issuing institute by email or via Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or the National Student Clearinghouse. And the official documents must be mailed to Undergraduate Admissions Office. The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, University Park PA 16802.


Technical Requirements

Students applying for online courses are required to have certain technical requirements

  • Operating System recommended- Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or higher; Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Processor- 2 GHz or higher
  • Memory- 1 GB of RAM
  • Hard Drive Space- 60GB free disk space
  • Browser- Latest Canvas-supported version of Firefox or Internet Explorer. (Recommended) Older versions of Internet Explorer (such as IE 8 or earlier) do not work with our courses.
  • Plug-ins- Adobe Reader & Flash Player (v18.0 or later)
  • Additional Software- Microsoft Office (2010 or later)
  • Internet Connection- Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required
  • Printer Access to graphics-capable printer
  • DVD-ROM is required
  • Sound Card, Microphone, and Speaker are required
  • Monitor with the capacity of at least 1024 x 768 resolution

Note: Cookies, Java, and JavaScript must be enabled. Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows from Penn State websites.

The Pennsylvania State University Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,340 An Undergraduate student. U.S. Citizen or eligible immigrant. June 30th, 2019
Federal supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $1,337 An Undergraduate student. U.S. Citizen or eligible immigrant. June 30th, 2019
TEACH Grant $1,337 An Undergraduate student. U.S. Citizen or eligible immigrant. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work-Study Varies Need of Financial support. U.S. National or Eligible non-resident. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loans $5,415 U.S. Citizen or an eligible immigrant. Accepted as a Regular student in university June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loans $5,415 U.S. Citizen or an eligible immigrant. Accepted as a Regular student in university June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loans $21,394 U.S. Citizen or an eligible immigrant. Accepted as a Regular student in university June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Aid

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
PHEAA Grant $3,713 Resident of Pennsylvania. Demonstrate Financial need. May 1st, 2019

Data Source: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Institutional Aid

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Penn State Academic Grant Varies Undergraduate. High Financial need. At least a 2.0 GPA Varies
Steve A. Garban Grant Varies Full-time student. Children of Penn State Technical Service or Staff Employees. April 20th, 2019
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
World Campus Student Fund $1,942 Undergraduate. 3.2 CGPA. Varies
The Bunton-Waller Scholarship $3,200 High Financial need. 2.5 CGPA March 1st, 2019
Renaissance Scholarship $1,500 High Financial need CGPA with 3.0. March 1st, 2019
National Merit Scholarships $2,000 Full-time Students. First-choice school. March 1st, 2019
Penn State Alumni Association Varies Full-time students Based on chapter requirements Varies

Data Source: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military Aid

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Tuition Assistance $2,623 Members of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $10,511 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Tuition Assistance "Top-Up" Varies Served period of 36 months after September 10, 2001. Varies
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits Varies Service-connected Disability. Varies

Data Source: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $22,154
$30,001 - $48,000 $22,421
$48,001 - $75,000 $23,664
$75,001 - $110,000 $27,438
Over $110,000 $27,839

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 34% $3,051
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 73% $4,945
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 56% $4,137
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 37% $1,942
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 64% $7,968
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 64% $7,212
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 23,129
Military Aid
Number of students receiving (DOD) tuition assistance: 530
Total tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $1,545,375
Average tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $2,916
Tuition Policies for Veterans and Military https://studentaid.psu.edu/veterans
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 930 $10,134
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 523 $10,511
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 407 $9,649

Data Source: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

The Pennsylvania State University FAQ

  Is Penn State University accredited?


The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  What is Penn State admission process?


The process varies for undergraduate and graduate programs. The detailed admission process is provided in the admissions tab of our website. 

  What is the acceptance rate of Penn State University?


The acceptance rate is 58%.

  What is the address of Penn State University?


The address is 201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1503.

  How much does Penn State University cost?


The average tuition for online degree type varies and is in the range between $9,045 and $72,228.

  How many students attend Penn State University?


Approximately 13,000 students attend the university.

  Does Penn State require the SAT essay?


No. The university doesn't require SAT essay from students.

  Can my $65 application fee be waived?


Students who want to waive the application fee can post an email to the university.

  What are the additional things transfer students should know while applying for Penn State University?


You should fill the online application, a personal statement with reasons for transferring, letters of recommendation from your present school as well as from your undergraduate school should be provided.

  Will I be exempted from the previous work as a transfer student?


To get exempted you should appear for a test and send your official course completion transcripts along with the textbook you referred for the course to Director of Graduate Studies.

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