Penn State

6,037 reviews
  1. University Park, PA
  2. 4 Year
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
Report
  • We are...Penn State
    71%
  • Pride
    13%
  • Let's Party
    7%
  • Multi-faceted
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%
  • Accepting
    2%
  • Tryna
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.385 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.470 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 119 responses
Report
  • WE ARE
    64%
  • EXCELLENT
    20%
  • Great School Overall
    5%
  • A little bit of all of the above.
    3%
  • Breathtaking
    3%
  • An interesting experience for students of color
    2%
  • AWESOME!!!
    2%

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

6,037 reviews
  • Excellent
    1469
  • Very Good
    2226
  • Average
    1805
  • Poor
    343
  • Terrible
    135
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  • Senior
  • 23 hours ago
Penn state is a great university! Some of the professors have a slight language gap though. Overall the University is great and I've learned a lot about my field and life choices!
  • Junior
  • 14 days ago
If you are a dedicated student who wants to get the most out of your academic experience at college, then Penn State is a great university at which to do so. The professors are some of the best that you will encounter, which is probably why the tuition is high. In addition to the staff, Penn State offers numerous research opportunities, which further heighten the value of education at Penn State. This university boasts a extremely unique athletics experience, especially in football. The whole university rallies behind its varsity teams uniting the school even more. The extracurricular opportunities are bar none as well. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations for students of all interests, so if athletics or research is not your thing you will still be able to get involved in one way or another. The party scene is also a large part of the Penn State experience, which for some, such as myself, can be somewhat overwhelming.
  • Sophomore
  • 17 days ago