Penn State

6,119 reviews
  1. University Park, PA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  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 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.398 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.412 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.408 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 232 responses
Report
  • We are...Penn State
    61%
  • Pride
    11%
  • Let's Party
    8%
  • Multi-faceted
    8%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Determined
    3%
  • Accepting
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.484 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.582 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 267 responses
Report
  • WE ARE
    63%
  • EXCELLENT
    15%
  • Great School Overall
    8%
  • A little bit of all of the above.
    6%
  • AWESOME!!!
    2%
  • Breathtaking
    1%
  • An interesting experience for students of color
    1%

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%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.275 responses

Reviews

6,119 reviews
  • Excellent
    1525
  • Very Good
    2288
  • Average
    1827
  • Poor
    344
  • Terrible
    135
I enjoy attending Penn State University. I decided to go to their online campus, Penn State World Campus, as I live in Illinois instead of Pennsylvania. I attended a two year college after graduating high school and received my associates degree in social sciences; however, I was unable to further my education at the time. A few years later, I was a mother of a one year old, currently pregnant and working at a Domestic Violence Agency; I found the thought of continuing my education scary. Penn State has made it easy for myself and my family. Now, after two years I will be graduating this December and I am so thankful!
  • Senior
  • 14 days ago
Overall, I love being at Penn State. The environment is so uplifting and there are so many opportunities or clubs that you can pursue. With such large numbers, you can find so many new friends. You just have to put yourself out there because everyone is in the same boat as you. Almost every professor I have had is great and will work with you if you are struggling. Watch out for TAs that are teaching the class because sometimes they don't know what they are doing. Altogether, the only other problem I have ever had was getting a hold of someone in billing to talk to them. You have to go there because the phone lines almost never go through. Other than that, Penn State has brightened my spirits and made me excited to strive for my future. Afterall, we are... PENN STATE!
  • Junior
  • 15 days ago
Penn State is a great school. It is a big school, yet it is not hard to find your own niche in the community. The academics are challenging but you do learn something, as long as you get a good professor that is. In my honest opinion half the teachers there are some of the best teachers I have ever had, and the other half lack the qualifications to teach kindergarten. Social life is amazing at Penn State. Bars are strict, so if you are not 21 you are not going to get in, but this honestly is not a big deal. Football games at Penn State are like no other school. You have never been to a tailgate until you tailgate in happy valley. Plus the atmosphere in Beaver Stadium, the fourth biggest stadium in the world, is electrifying! I highly recommend going to a game so you can experience it for yourself.
  • Junior
  • 22 days ago