Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University, commonly referred to as Penn State, is a land-grant, state-related public research university. It was established in 1855, with the main campus located in University Park. This campus offers enrollment to more than 30,000 undergraduate students and over 6,000 graduate students. There are 13 colleges at the University Park campus:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • College of Communications
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Information Sciences and Technology
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • Eberly College of Science
  • Graduate School
  • Schreyer Honors College
  • Smeal College of Business

The Penn State's main campus offers a staggering number of undergraduate and graduate degrees, apart from continuing education and distance education programs. Quite a few research options are also available for the students.

The sports teams of Pennsylvania State University wear the official colors of blue and white, and the mascot is the Nittany Lion. There are men's and women's teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, fencing, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, softball, wrestling, and field hockey.

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Contacting Penn State

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
University Park , PA 16802-1589
General Phone: (814) 865-4700

Penn State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,814African studies, American studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, ...
Engineering1,799engineering, aerospace engineering, bioengineering, architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, ...
Business and Management1,628business, business management, logistics, accounting, managerial economics, finance, labor relations, organizational behavior, human resources management, ...
Science1,012biology, biochemistry, plant pathology, plant physiology, bacteriology, entomology, animal physiology, genetics, pathology, ...
Education and Teaching873curriculum and instruction, educational administration, adult ed administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, educational research, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, ...
Media847communication studies, mass communication, journalism, organizational communications, advertising, communication and journalism
Computer Science and Engineering609computer and info science, information technology, information science, computer science, computer engineering
Therapy and Counseling588psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy398parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, exercise science, rehabilitation, dietitian assistant
Security and Law Enforcement308criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science, security and protective services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine288registered nursing
Family and Social Work284human nutrition, family studies, community organization
Hospitality263hospitality administration
Mathematics145mathematics, statistics
Art Studies142visual and performing arts, art studies
Agricultural Science and Management135agriculture, agricultural operations, agricultural economics, agricultural business, agricultural mechanization, agricultural machine tech, agricultural education, food science
Landscaping and Horticulture128landscaping, turf management, agronomy, horticultural science, various plant science courses, soil science
Medical Administration111health care administration
Conservation and Resource Management104conservation, forestry, forest sciences, forest technology, natural resources courses
Animal Science and Care97animal science, various animal sciences courses
Architecture and Planning90architecture, landscape architecture
Religion and Philosophy78philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Drama and Performing Arts58drama, theatre design, acting
Photography and Commercial Art51film studies
Music48music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano, voice
Medicine33neuroscience, pre-med, public health
Fine Arts26art history and criticism
Science and Laboratory Technician19biology tech
Design12graphic design
Engineering Technician6environmental engineering tech

Number of programs and degrees for Penn State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree9,442123
Master's degree1,267106
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship62087
Associate's degree1027
Award of less than 1 academic year57027
Doctor's degree - professional practice231

Penn State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Penn State had a total enrollment of 43,252 students (44,281 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 39%
22-24 15%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Penn State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %
Part-Time 60 %

Penn State Room and Board (2007)

Penn State offers campus housing for 14,539 of its 44,281 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of State College, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Penn State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530630
SAT Math560670
ACT Verbal2329
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT12%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Penn State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 13,706
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,940
Room and board $ 8,262
Room charge $ 4,110
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,160
Books and supplies $ 1,264
Other expenses $ 3,510

Financial Aid:
Penn State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 332900)

Penn State Faculty

Penn State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track236176
Non-tenured and not on tenure track824558

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year18$129,49212$108,922
Associate professorcalendar year33$76,97828$72,181
Assistant professorcalendar year58$66,97338$61,685
Instructorcalendar year53$60,52750$53,859
Lecturercalendar year47$70,45626$59,024
All faculty totalcalendar year209$73,086154$64,284

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year572$131,226132$117,904
Associate professoracademic year304$89,959175$83,671
Assistant professoracademic year226$74,900200$68,702
Instructoracademic year51$52,73789$43,030
Lectureracademic year124$47,698141$39,877
All faculty totalacademic year1,277$100,188737$72,454

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Penn State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Ten Conference
Basketball Big Ten Conference
Baseball Big Ten Conference
Track Big Ten Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports136157293

Penn State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business and Management, Other
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agricultural and Extension Education Services
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Animal Sciences, Other

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Labor and Industrial Relations
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Forest Technology/Technician
Forestry, General
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Surveying Engineering

Engineering Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Nutrition

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Sciences, Other
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Economics
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Organizational Communication, General

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietitian Assistant
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Physiology
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Genetics, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology
Science, Technology and Society

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Counseling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Penn State Apart:

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Number of students
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Salaries of full-time faculty
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% of degrees in engineering
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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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% of degrees in media
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Top 14%Penn State % of degrees in media
Male % of student body
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Top 15%Penn State Male % of student body
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 15%Penn State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Student SAT scores
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Top 16%Penn State Student SAT scores
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 17%Penn State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in science
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Penn State % of degrees in science
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 18%Penn State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Penn State % of degrees in computer science and engineering

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