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Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Overview
Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1855
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 36,612
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $973,750,286
Admissions Address

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802

Website

http://www.psu.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions@psu.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Randall Deike
Admissions office telephone: (814) 865-5471
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.psu.edu/admissions Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $100 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 0
Mathematics 3 0
Science 3 0
Lab 0 0
Foreign language 2 0
Social studies 3 0
History 0 0
Academic electives 0 0
Total academic units 15 0

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: N/A
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Important
 
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 58%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 58%
Total applicants: 34,813
Total acceptances: 20,181
Total freshman enrollment: 8,039
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 18,313
Male acceptances: 10,154
Male freshman enrollment: 4,241
 
Female applicants: 16,500
Female acceptances: 10,027
Female freshman enrollment: 3,798
Out-of-state freshmen: 28%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 37%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 77%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 76%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 98%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 90%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 520 – 620
Math: 560 – 660
Combined: 1080 – 1280

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 6.0% 13.0%
600-699 32.0% 45.0%
500-599 48.0% 34.0%
400-499 13.0% 7.0%
300-399 1.0% 1.0%
200-299 N/A N/A

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 8%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: N/A

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 N/A N/A N/A
24-29 N/A N/A N/A
18-23 N/A N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 



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