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Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA
University Website: www.psu.edu/
Apply Online: admissions.psu.edu/apply/
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The Pennsylvania State University (commonly referred to as Penn State or PSU) is a public, state-related research university with campuses and facilities in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Its University Park campus, the flagship campus, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township. The Penn State Dickinson School of Law has facilities located in both Carlisle and State College and the College of Medicine is located in Hershey. Penn State has another 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special-mission campuses located across the state.

Annual enrollment at the University Park campus totals more than 44,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States. It has the world's largest dues-paying alumni association. The university's total enrollment in 2009–10 was approximately 94,300 across its 24 campuses and online through its World Campus.

The university offers more than 160 majors among all its campuses and administers $1.83 billion (as of June 30, 2011) in endowment and similar funds. The university's research expenditures exceeded $753 million for the 2009 fiscal year and was ranked 9th among U.S. universities in research income by the National Science Foundation.

Annually, the university hosts the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which is the world's largest student-run philanthropy. This event is held in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. In 2013, Thon raised a record $12.37 million dollars for pediatric cancer. The university's athletics teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Penn State Nittany Lions. They compete in the Big Ten Conference for most sports.

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  • Public, Four or more years
  • students
  • $27,206.00 avg tuition

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700

Apply online Admissions:
admissions.psu.edu/
Financial Aid:
www.psu.edu/studentaid/

Areas of Study:

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Science Technologies/Technicians
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Statistics:
Applied 41,545
Admitted 22,761 55%
Enrolled total 7,262
Full Time: 7,248
Part Time 14
Standards:
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Reading 530 630
SAT Math 560 670
SAT Writing 530 640
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT English 25 30
ACT Math 25 30
ACT Writing 8 9
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 92%
4-year graduation rate 62%
6-year graduation rate 85%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline 2012-11-30
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline 2013-03-01
Student Response Deadline 2013-05-01
Transfer Student Application Deadline 2013-02-01
Requirements:
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission Test Scores Required
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Credit:
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $15,124.00 $15,124.00 $27,206.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $860.00 $860.00 $860.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $630.00 $630.00 $1,134.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $17,172.00 $17,172.00 $29,656.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $860.00 $860.00 $860.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $716.00 $716.00 $1,236.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
Off-Campus
(with family)
Room and Board $9,432.00 $0.00 $0.00
Other Expenses $4,050.00 $0.00 $0.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $50.00
Graduate Application Fee $65.00
Books and Supplies $1,536.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 69%
Percent receiving grant aid 37%
Avg amount of grant aid $8,250.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 53%
Avg amount of student loan aid $7,680.00

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations X
Agricultural Business and Management, Other X
Agricultural Mechanization, General X
Agriculture, General X
Agronomy and Crop Science X
Animal Sciences, General X X
Food Science X X
Horticultural Science X X
Landscaping and Groundskeeping X
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management X
Soil Science and Agronomy, General X X
Turf and Turfgrass Management X X
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES
Architecture X X
Landscape Architecture X X
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES
African-American/Black Studies X
Asian Studies/Civilization X
East Asian Studies X
Latin American Studies X
Women's Studies X
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Biochemistry X X
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other X X
Biology/Biological Sciences, General X
Biotechnology X
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology X
Ecology X
Entomology X
Genetics, General X
Immunology X
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology X
Pathology/Experimental Pathology X
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology X
Toxicology X
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
Accounting X X
Actuarial Science X
Business Administration and Management, General X
Business/Commerce, General X X
Business/Managerial Economics X
Finance, General X
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other X X X
Labor and Industrial Relations X X
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management X
Management Information Systems, General X
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other X X
Marketing/Marketing Management, General X
Organizational Behavior Studies X
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Advertising X
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other X
Journalism X
Speech Communication and Rhetoric X X
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Computer and Information Sciences, General X
Computer Science X
Information Science/Studies X X X
EDUCATION
Adult and Continuing Education Administration X X
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching X
Agricultural Teacher Education X X
Art Teacher Education X X
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services X
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services X
Curriculum and Instruction X
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other X
Educational Evaluation and Research X
Educational Leadership and Administration, General X
Educational/Instructional Technology X
Elementary Education and Teaching X
Foreign Language Teacher Education X
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration X
Music Teacher Education X X
Secondary Education and Teaching X
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education X
Special Education and Teaching, General X X
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor X
ENGINEERING
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering X X
Agricultural Engineering X X
Architectural Engineering X X
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering X X
Chemical Engineering X X
Civil Engineering, General X X
Computer Engineering, General X
Electrical and Electronics Engineering X X
Engineering Mechanics X
Engineering Science X X
Engineering, Other X
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering X X
Industrial Engineering X X
Materials Engineering X
Mechanical Engineering X X
Mining and Mineral Engineering X
Nuclear Engineering X X
Petroleum Engineering X X
Surveying Engineering X
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology X
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS
English Language and Literature, General X X
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES
Human Development and Family Studies, General X X X
Human Nutrition X X
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS
Chinese Language and Literature X
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General X
Comparative Literature X X
French Language and Literature X
German Language and Literature X
Italian Language and Literature X
Japanese Language and Literature X
Russian Language and Literature X X
Spanish Language and Literature X X
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Athletic Training/Trainer X
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General X X
Dietitian Assistant X
Health/Health Care Administration/Management X X
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies X
Pre-Veterinary Studies X
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse X X X
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other X
Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology X
HISTORY
History, General X X
HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration X
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies X X
Forensic Science and Technology X X
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other X
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES
Programs for Foreign Lawyers X
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies X X
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
Mathematics, General X X
Statistics, General X X
MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Biological and Physical Sciences X
International/Global Studies X
Medieval and Renaissance Studies X
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
Environmental Studies X
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management X
Forest Sciences and Biology X
Forest Technology/Technician X
Natural Resource Economics X
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other X X
Natural Resources/Conservation, General X
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES
Kinesiology and Exercise Science X X
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General X X
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Jewish/Judaic Studies X
Philosophy X X
Religion/Religious Studies X
PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Acoustics X
Astronomy X X
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General X X
Chemistry, General X X
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other X
Geology/Earth Science, General X X
Materials Science X
Physics, General X
PSYCHOLOGY
Educational Psychology X
Psychology, General X X
School Psychology X
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS
Community Organization and Advocacy X
Youth Services/Administration X
SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician X
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Anthropology X X
Archeology X
Economics, General X X
Geography X X
International Relations and Affairs X
Political Science and Government, General X X
Sociology X X
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Acting X
Art History, Criticism and Conservation X X
Art/Art Studies, General X X
Conducting X
Design and Applied Arts, Other X
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General X
Film/Cinema/Video Studies X
Graphic Design X
Keyboard Instruments X
Music History, Literature, and Theory X
Music Performance, General X X
Music Theory and Composition X
Music, General X
Musicology and Ethnomusicology X
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology X
Visual and Performing Arts, General X
Voice and Opera X

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students $5000 October 25, 2014
IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship $5000 October 25, 2014
IES Need-Based Financial Aid Scholarship $2000 November 01, 2014
IES Legacy Scholarship $1000 November 01, 2014
International Road Federation Student Paper Competition $500 November 15, 2014
Study Scholarship for Fine Arts, Architecture, Music, Dance Varies November 01, 2014
DAAD Study Scholarship for Graduating Seniors Varies November 15, 2014
Tom Adams, Jo Hunger, George Lamotte Dental Scholarship Varies April 01, 2015
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