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

  • Phone Number: (814) 865-4700

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

About

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.


Online Education at Penn State University

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.


Reviews

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

  • The faculty is experienced and supportive to all their students.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Public

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Headquartered at

State College, Pennsylvania

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003329

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Institutional Accreditation

MSCHE

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Programmatic Accreditation

ABA, CCNE, ABET

Historically Black College or University

No

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

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.

Statistics

Key Statistics
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 %

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.

Majors and Online Programs

The Pennsylvania State University offers 155 online programs across 22 Majors

Accounting

Offering 8 programs accross 5 degrees

Business Management

Offering 31 programs accross 5 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 5 programs accross 2 degrees

Nursing

Offering 9 programs accross 4 degrees

Psychology

Offering 5 programs accross 4 degrees

Public Administration

Offering 4 programs accross 3 degrees

Education

Offering 15 programs accross 3 degrees

Political Science

Offering 3 programs accross 1 degrees

Homeland Security

Offering 5 programs accross 2 degrees

Engineering

Offering 10 programs accross 3 degrees

Behavioral Sciences

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Information Systems

Offering 7 programs accross 5 degrees

Interdisciplinary Studies

Offering 5 programs accross 3 degrees

Environmental Science

Offering 19 programs accross 5 degrees

Health Science

Offering 6 programs accross 3 degrees

Law

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Applied Science

Offering 7 programs accross 4 degrees

Human Services

Offering 5 programs accross 4 degrees

Design

Offering 4 programs accross 3 degrees

Arts

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Media Studies

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

The Pennsylvania State University Acceptance Rate is 58%

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

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

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 1,561
Total Applicants Admitted 898
Applicants Enrolled 327
Full time Applicants Enrolled 113
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 214
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.

The Pennsylvania State University 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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The university is offering various kinds of financial aids for the students to help them financially while pursuing their degrees. Penn State University Federal school code 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.

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 Grants and Scholarships

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.

Scholarships and Grants

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 and Veteran Benefits

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
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.

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