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Penn State Main Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania

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Overview

Student Population
46,810
Penn State Main Campus overview
Location University Park, Pennsylvania
Online psu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Penn State Main Campus overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in University Park, Pennsylvania, Penn State Main Campus is a large four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 95,970 prospective students applied, and 72,880 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 15,989 enrolled in the school.  45,140 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,670 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $17,416 plus fees of $1,034. Penn State is ranked 161 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

8/10
Overall
8/10
Academics
8/10
Resources
8/10
Outcomes
5/10
Value

Penn State is rated within the top 28% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Penn State Main Campus within the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Very High
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SAT 1070/1310
ACT 23/30
GPA 3.59
Applications Accepted
75.9% 
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Applications Due Feb 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition
$17,416
In State Costs for Penn State Main Campus
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$1,034
Room and Board $11,884
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$36,962
Out of State Resident Tuition
$34,480
Out of State Costs for Penn State Main Campus
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$1,034
Room and Board $11,884
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$54,026

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$55,300 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
87% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Penn State Main Campus students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 16%
Engineering 12%
Communication 9%
Computer and Information Sciences 7%
Social Sciences 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214777 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Main Campus.

Current students may use the Penn State Main Campus GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.