Established in 1855, the Penn State University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the rural setting of the large town of University Park (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Pennsylvania. This institution also has branch campuses in Abington, Logan Township, Monaca, Spring Township, Media, DuBois, Erie, Uniontown, McKeesport, Middletown, Hazleton, Fogelsville, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill Haven, Sharon, Lehman, Dunmore, York, Carlisle, Malvern, Hershey and Williamsport. Officially accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Penn State University (PSU) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: over 45,000 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Penn State University (PSU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 168-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this US higher education organization an averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. PSU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.
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|Name||Penn State University|
|Motto||Making life better
|Colours||Blue and white|
|Address||201 Old Main
|Tel||+1 (814) 865 4700|
|Other locations||Abington, Logan Township, Monaca, Spring Township, Media, DuBois, Erie, Uniontown, McKeesport, Middletown, Hazleton, Fogelsville, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill Haven, Sharon, Lehman, Dunmore, York, Carlisle, Malvern, Hershey and Williamsport|
The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the Penn State University's academic range and degree level offering.
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What are University programs and courses? University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.
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Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. This uniRank Tuition Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students (local and international students) and 2 degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at the Penn State University. However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the Penn State University's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on the United States's cost of living.
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Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.
uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the Penn State University's admission policy and statistics.
This institution admits Men and Women (coed).
Has the Penn State University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.
The Penn State University's acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this institution an averagely selective higher education institution.
- Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is neither required nor recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.
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University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why:
Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.
uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the Penn State University.
The Penn State University has a student enrollment range of over 45,000 making it a very large-sized institution.
This institution has a range of 4,000-4,499 academic employees (Faculty).
The Penn State University is a public higher education institution.
The Penn State University is a non-profit higher education institution.
This institution adopts a Semesters type of academic calendar.
This institution is a land-grant university and has a special focus on promoting education and research in agriculture, engineering and other related fields. Land-grant universities are also well known to have a high commitment to public service and outreach.
This institution's main campus is located in a Rural setting.
The Penn State University does not have any religious affiliation.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States. The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The Carnegie Classification provides a common language for describing colleges and universities based on key characteristics and it allows for comparisons between institutions within and across categories.
uniRank provides below the official Penn State University's Carnegie classification.
|Basic Classification||Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity|
|Size & Setting||Four-year, large, primarily residential institution|
|Enrollment Profile||High undergraduate|
|Undergraduate Profile||Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution|
|Undergraduate Instructional Program||Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence|
|Graduate Instructional Program||Professions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence|
What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the Penn State University offer? University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.
uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the Penn State University.
This institution has a physical Library for its students.
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 3,325,427 physical volumes, 2,241,752 physical media, 266,350 digital/electronic medium and 869 licensed digital/electronic databases. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus's library has 27 branches.
This institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.
Penn State University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 14,039 students in the 2018 academic year.
This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.
This institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.
This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.
This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses.
This institution provides students with guidance and support in their academic pursuits.
This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.
This institution has an institutional hospital that is owned and operated by the university. Institutional hospitals are typically affiliated with medical schools and provide a range of medical services to patients, while also serving as a teaching hospital for medical students and residents.
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There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system:
uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.
The Penn State University is legally recognized and/or accredited by: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons:
Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.
uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Penn State University's memberships and affiliations; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the Penn State University's website for a comprehensive list.
Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following:
Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.
uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Penn State University's organizational structure.
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This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.
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Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Here are some ways in which the official Penn State University's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:
Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the Penn State University's profile and level of engagement.
uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some Penn State University's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.
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