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Penn State

5,945 reviews
  1. State College, PA
  2. 4 Year
#49 in Best Colleges in America
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Penn State is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Ten Conference
Address
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
Website

Penn State Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
50%
SAT Range
1090-1290
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$24,220/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,010/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,750/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,404/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,648/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,680/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.274 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.286 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.282 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
39,357Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 128 responses
  • Accepting
    2%
  • Let's Party
    7%
  • Multi-faceted
    3%
  • Pride
    13%
  • Stressed
    3%
  • Tryna
    1%
  • We are...Penn State
    71%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.385 responses
Poll
36%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.470 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 119 responses
  • A little bit of all of the above.
    3%
  • An interesting experience for students of color
    2%
  • A study of hypocrisy in higher education
    1%
  • AWESOME!!!
    2%
  • Breathtaking
    3%
  • Can't wait to graduate
    1%
  • EXCELLENT
    20%

After Penn State

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.125 responses

Reviews

5,945 reviews
  • Excellent
    1459
  • Very Good
    2210
  • Average
    1798
  • Poor
    342
  • Terrible
    136
My school is a phenomenal school to attend because the teachers are concerned for the future and betterment of each student that walks through their classroom. They are very understanding of "real life situations" and do not take anything unrealistically. My school has the best set of advisors as well and if your particular one is unavailable they always have a back up advisors that could help with the answers. My school is great and although things have seemed to bring us down our Blue and White burns strong in our souls and veins. I enjoy all professors and they are each extremely helpful. I would choose to come here again because they Care for the student; they are here and very supportive of the student and even takes the time to work with the student. They are thoughtful, understanding, and very appreciative but I can say We Are....Penn State for a reason.
  • College Senior
  • 20 days ago
Due to the large alumni network, I find many Penn State alumni.
  • College Junior
  • 21 days ago
Professors care about their students.
  • College Junior
  • 21 days ago