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Penn State Berks

Reading, Pennsylvania

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Penn State Berks overview
Location Reading, Pennsylvania
Online psu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Penn State Berks overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Penn State Berks is a public college located near the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Established in 1958 as a satellite campus of Pennsylvania State University, it occupies a suburban setting and features a mix of contemporary and traditional collegiate architectural styles. Penn State Berks provides a range of bachelor's degree programs with notable emphasis on engineering, business, and information sciences and technology. With moderately selective admissions, the campus seeks a diverse and qualified student body. On-campus housing is available, accommodating students in a residential setting that complements their academic experiences. While Penn State Berks does not have a widespread reputation for intercollegiate athletics, it provides a variety of sports and recreational options for student engagement.

In the most recent statistical year 5,605 prospective students applied, and 5,453 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 632 enrolled in the school.  1,873 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 204 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $15,388 plus fees of $516. Penn State Berks is ranked 657 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Penn State Berks is rated within the lower 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Penn State Berks overview
SAT 1090/1290
ACT 23/28
Estimated GPA 3.39

Applications Accepted

Penn State Berks overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Penn State Berks
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$516
Room and Board $14,334
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$36,866

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Penn State Berks
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$516
Room and Board $14,334
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$47,332

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$55,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Penn State Berks students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Education 12%
Health Professions 11%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 10%
Communication 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214704 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Berks.

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