Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
University Park, PA 16802-1503


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 47,789
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 16:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 13,728 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
(The institution has its own hospital)
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 52,974 applications and 29,878 students were granted admission. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is at the #54 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 22% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 68% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1090 to 1300
ACT25 to 29

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $31,434 and in-state students paid $16,952.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 65% of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 12% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,119 (which is 7.1% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in 2016-2017, was 3,334, which is 44% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,541 (which is 4.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has enrolled a total of 47,789 students (45,874 students full-time and 1,915 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 47,789 students, 333 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 54% men and 46% women and 41,359 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 6,430 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 81 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 64%

Non-resident alien: 16%

Asian: 6%

Hispanic: 6%

Black/African American: 4%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Engineering 18% 7,163 510
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 16% 6,584 2172
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 7% 2,925
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 6% 2,239 729
Health Professions And Related Programs 5% 2,106 6
Social Sciences 5% 1,961 81
Education 5% 1,833 595
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 1,569
Physical Sciences 3% 1,185 145
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 3% 1,082 329

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus graduates 6 years after enrollment is $38,600. Last year, out of the total 22,314 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 20,975 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 22,752 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 20,932 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $38,600 $48,500
Employment Rate 94% 92%
Total Graduates 22,314 22,752

Campus Location

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