Penn State

6,097 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

6,097 reviews
  • Excellent
    1514
  • Very Good
    2277
  • 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
Professors are very willing to help students. The courses allow you to double major, most students finish in 4-5 years. There are resources for challenging courses but with so many students at times it can be difficult to get help. It is mainly a matter of managing your time and getting to know people in the same classes so that you all can help one another. The professors are attentive and most are very passionate about the subjects they teach. Asking them questions is one of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give to incoming students. Professors can be intimidating because of their expertise in a topic but they want to help! The general education requirements are manageable and supplement your major well. You can choose your own level of difficulty and what interests you.
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
"The Public Ivies" immediately makes you feel as if you were one of their very own blood-kinship. Every single person, intructor, and other employees have all gone to great lengths to make sure that every single individual college students are fully satisfied and in understanding of all matters relating to your degree, intended degree and are very fast in returning any question you may have for the faculty or any other employee that is a part of the PSU "Family". They are very understanding and patient with students such as myself who suffer from physical and sometimes mental difficulties. Many other of the Online colleges, one of which I had transferred from, didn't even have a Dissabilities Department that could or would have helped m,e anyway, and that is the answer I received from many of the online schools. After extensive researching for years, I found PSU to be the only one who could or would help students with MS being just one of my health issues. The others all just made empty promioses period and I had to find that ouit the hard way. PSU is the best Online option out there for anyone, whether they have disabilities or not!

Thank You,

~Alicia Robinson
  • College Junior
  • Oct 23 2015