Penn State Description

Pennsylvania State University, located in the city of University Park, Pennsylvania, is the main campus of the Pennsylvania State University system. The university is committed to promoting education, intellectual pursuit, and sustainable skills to build a foundation for the future.

Students can find a wide range of educational opportunities at Penn State. Bachelor’s degrees can be earned in almost every traditional field, while master’s are offered in almost as long a list.

Doctorates are offered in plenty of disciplines. Penn State is proud to boast exceptional graduate schools, including a medical school and a law school. Students can also receive doctorate degrees in several other concentrations, including degrees from the Global Programs discipline.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of student support services to help them exceed academically, thrive mentally, and prepare for their professional endeavors. Services such as career counseling, academic advising, health and counseling clinics, academic workshops, and many more are offered to support the needs of the students.

Penn State encourages students to live on campus and to get involved with student activities and organizations. Students can participate in various athletic teams, intramural sports, recreational activities, performing arts, and so much more. As a large, public school in the Big Ten, the feel is of a traditional campus. PSU also boasts one of the largest-capacity football stadiums in the country.

Penn State’s beautiful campus, vibrant student life, and proud academic achievements make this campus a prime destination for intellectually charged students.

Quick Facts about Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus

Region

Mid-Atlantic

Setting

Large Town Setting

Type

Public

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Nittany Lions

Nicknames

PSU, Penn State

Website

www.psu.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Highly Selective

In-State Tuition

$15,124

Out-of-State Tuition

$27,206

Retention Rate

93%

Enrollment

45,233

Year Established

1855

Penn State Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  8 reviews
4 star
  4 reviews
3 star
  1 review
2 star
 
1 star
 

62% of students gave Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus 5 stars overall.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

I loved Penn State. I attended the honors college and I lived in Atherton Hall (honors dorm). It was nice because we had small classes and priority scheduling, which was helpful in an otherwise large student body. But it was a beautiful campus and location, with plenty to do even though it isn't in a big city.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2009

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

Penn State is an amazing school! It has great academics, exciting athletics, and one of the best social scenes in the country. Some of my most memorable experiences include football games with over 100,000 people alongside of me in the stadium and THON - the largest student run philanthropy in the nation to benefit the Four Diamonds fund and pediatric cancer research.

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Penn State Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
38,594
Freshman Class
7,262
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
45,233

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
85%
Graduate
15%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
99%
Part-Time
1%

Gender of Students

Women
49%
Men
51%

Ethnic Diversity

African-American
3%
Asian
5%
Caucasian
81%
Latino
4%
Other
7%

International Students

International
8%
Domestic
92%

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