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Penn State Demographics & Diversity

University Park, Pennsylvania

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Penn State are primarily White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has medium racial diversity. 31% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Penn State Main Campus students
Race Percent of Students
White 69%
Black 4%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 6%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
International 11%
Race Unknown 2%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 14% more male students than female students enrolled at Penn State Main Campus with a gender ratio of 53% men to 47% women. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Penn State has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Penn State Main Campus students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 53%
Women 47%
Enrollment by gender for Penn State Main Campus students
Gender Number of Students
Men 24,985
Women 21,825

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Penn State serves a low number of students outside of Pennsylvania, with 56 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Penn State Main Campus students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 56%
Out of State 34%
Foreign 10%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$63,381 per year

22% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 2.4%
Part time Undergrads 2.2%

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