Penn State University

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Penn State University

Penn State

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
University Park, PA 40,600 58% 8% 93% 70% 3.7 27 1245 80

Penn State University is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It’s set on a massive 7,958-acre campus in University Park, a spacious location also known as Happy Valley. With around more than 1,000 clubs and organizations, there are broad opportunities to get involved in campus life. Across the street from campus is State College, a bustling small town with an array of coffee shops, restaurants, shops and bars populated mostly by students. Surrounded by mountains, the school is also close to skiing, snowboarding and hiking opportunities.


Penn State is a major, public Research I university dedicated to the three-fold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Penn State features more than 160 baccalaureate degree and graduate degree programs. Many students start their degree at one of 19 Penn State undergraduate campuses across the state and complete their requirements at University Park. Penn State’s student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and the school has 31% of classes with fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Information Science, Biology, and Economics.

Special Highlights

Education Abroad Fair. Each year, Penn State hosts exhibitors from over 50 different study abroad partners to bring students the information they want about education abroad! Speak with representatives from universities and study centers abroad. Meet advisers from your college that know which courses and locations are best for your major. Learn more about 350+ study abroad programs and how to apply for scholarships, as well as other support and resources.

The Materials Research Institute. Penn State’s investment in its interdisciplinary research institutes, including the Materials Research Institute (MRI), has created a culture of strong collaborations across disciplines. This mingling of disciplines, often called “convergence,” brings together the physical and life sciences with engineering and computation to solve the most complex problems facing society today and in the future.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

More than 16,000 students volunteer in THON, a 46-hour dance marathon, and the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. As part of its Invent Penn State initiative, the University has funded 21 innovation hubs, designed to bolster entrepreneurship and economic development in communities surrounding its campuses across Pennsylvania. Penn State’s Alumni Association has more than 174,000 members, making it among the nation’s largest with more than 300 chapters, societies, and interest groups worldwide.

Student Reviews…

“Penn State is big on diversity and there is something for everyone here. Over a thousand different clubs, there are a multitude of things to do on and around campus. I also love the school spirit. Everyone is enthusiastic about being a part of Penn State.”