Penn State

6,098 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

6,098 reviews
  • Excellent
    1514
  • Very Good
    2278
  • Average
    1827
  • Poor
    344
  • Terrible
    135
Two words: WE ARE! My overall experience at Penn State was priceless. From the packed 100,000 football stadium, to THON and everything in between, I know I made the right decision by coming to Penn State. From freshman year to senior year, I've had two international internships, multiple full time job offers, and numerous volunteer experiences. Penn State is a city in itself where all 45,000 students share the same school pride. When I reminisce about my four years at Penn State, I think of the tailgates, heavy course load, and amazing professors who made my time worthwhile. I would choose this school in a heartbeat--in fact, I could live here forever.
  • College Senior
  • 8 months ago
Penn State is great! I love it. My particular college/major is small so I have gotten close to a lot of freshman like me in the college and upperclassmen. I'm involved in my college's student council and THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and love it. I highly recommend considering this university. Enrolling in classes can be difficult since there are so many people trying at the same time, but I had no problems
  • Freshman
  • 23 days ago
Penn State is absolutely incredible! They really do prepare their students for a life and a career after graduation. Students who graduate eventually do incredible things with their Penn State diploma. As such a big school, there is so much opportunity. Also, there are so many ways to find your place and get involved in the school such as THON and many sporting events. You will definitely find your place there!
  • Niche User
  • 23 days ago