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Pennsylvania State University- University Park

University Park, PA

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Pennsylvania State University at University Park, located in urban University Park, PA, offers highly ranked graduate programs through the College of Education and the College of Engineering. This public institution, founded in 1855, offers several student activities on its 8,556 acre campus including numerous clubs and organizations, an active Greek life, and THON (the largest student-run philanthropy in the world). The Nittany Lions compete in the Division I Big 10 Conference and the football team plays on one of the largest arenas in North America. Notable alumni include John Cappelletti, a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player; and Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA agent and author.

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Quick Facts

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802

2012-2013 Tuition

$28,746 Tuition and Fees


39192 undergraduate students
54% male / 46% female


rolling application deadline
54.2% accepted

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School Details

Institutional Control: public
Year Founded: 1855

Programs Offered

associate degree, terminal associate degree, associate-transfer degree, bachelor's degree, certificate, doctorate, master's degree, post-bachelor's certificate

Majors Offered

Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations, Agricultural Business and Management, Other, Agricultural Mechanization, General, Landscaping and Groundskeeping, Turf and Turfgrass Management, Animal Sciences, General, Plant Sciences, General, Agronomy and Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management, Plant Sciences, Other, Soil Science and Agronomy, General, Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Information Science/Studies, Computer Science, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Administration, General, Adult and Continuing Education Administration, Higher Education/Higher Education Administration, Educational/Instructional Technology, Educational Evaluation and Research, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Special Education and Teaching, General, Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services, College Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Elementary Education and Teaching, Secondary Education and Teaching, Agricultural Teacher Education, Art Teacher Education, Foreign Language Teacher Education, Music Teacher Education, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor, Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, General, Computer Engineering, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Science, Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining and Mineral Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering, Other, Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Chinese Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Italian Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Human Nutrition, Human Development and Family Studies, General, Law, English Language and Literature, General, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Biomedical Sciences, General, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology/Phytopathology, Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology, Immunology, Entomology, Animal Physiology, Genetics, General, Toxicology, Molecular Toxicology, Biotechnology, Ecology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other, Mathematics, General, Statistics, General, Natural Resources/Conservation, General, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Economics, Forest Sciences and Biology, Forest Management/Forest Resources Management, Forest Technology/Technician, Natural Resources and Conservation, Other, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, International/Global Studies, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Philosophy, Religion/Religious Studies, Jewish/Judaic Studies, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General, Chemistry, General, Geology/Earth Science, General, Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other, Physics, General, Acoustics, Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician, Psychology, General, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Forensic Science and Technology, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other, Community Organization and Advocacy, Anthropology, Archeology, Economics, General, Geography, International Relations and Affairs, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Asian Studies/Civilization, Latin American Studies, African-American/Black Studies, Women's Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, General, Graphic Design, Design and Applied Arts, Other, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology, Acting, Film/Cinema/Video Studies, Art/Art Studies, General, Art History, Criticism and Conservation, Music, General, Music History, Literature, and Theory, Music Performance, General, Music Theory and Composition, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Conducting, Keyboard Instruments, Voice and Opera, Communication Sciences and Disorders, General, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies, Pre-Veterinary Studies, Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other, Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology, Business/Commerce, General, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting, Finance, General, Hospitality Administration/Management, Other, Labor and Industrial Relations, Organizational Behavior Studies, Management Information Systems, General, Actuarial Science, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, History, General, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Mass Communication/Media Studies, Journalism, Advertising, Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

General Student Body Information

Total number of undergraduates: 39,192
Total number of degree-seeking full-time undergraduates: 37,619
Total number of degree-seeking part-time undergraduates: 928
Percent of male undergraduates: 54%
Percent of female undergraduates: 46%
Percent of international undergraduates: 8%

Student Services

Basic services offered: nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Remedial learning services offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling services offered: academic, birth control, career, minority student, military, older student, personal, psychological, religious, veteran student
Campus safety and security services offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols; Late night transport/escort service; 24-hour emergency telephones; Lighted pathways/sidewalks; Student patrols; Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)


Student activities offered: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook

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