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The Pennsylvania State University – University Park is a large, public institution. It has a vibrant and active campus, with more than 1,000 clubs and many students involved in THON, its enormously popular philanthropic organization.

Key Facts

Rankings

  • #59 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2019
  • #20 in Top Public Schools
  • #21 in Business Programs (#4 Supply Chain Management/ Logistics)
  • #24 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (#3 Petroleum)

Year founded

  • 1855 

School type

  • Public

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 40,363

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 6,447

Student-faculty ratio

  • 14:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 50%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1247 / ACT 28 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.6

International student population

  • 12%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.9

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 17% full time (2016 – 2017) 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $56,700

Popular majors

  • Engineering, Business, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Communication

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $46,428

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About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Arts and Architecture, Smeal College of Business, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Development, College of Information Sciences and Technology, College of the Liberal Arts, College of Nursing, Eberly College of Science.

  • More than 1000 student organizations
  • Over 275 undergraduate programs
  • 190+ graduate programs
  • Famous alumni include Keegan-Michael Key, comedian, actor, writer, and producer best known for co-starring the comedic skit TV show Key & Peele; Steve McCurry, internationally recognized photojournalist whose photos have been featured in publications such as National Geographic – one of his most notable pieces is 'Afghan Girl'
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