The Pennsylvania State University University Park Campus: Narrative Description

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201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1503
Tel: (814)865-4700
Admissions: (814)865-5471
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-related, university, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State University. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1855. Setting: 6,388-acre small town campus. Total enrollment: 41,289. Faculty: 2,543 (2,218 full-time, 325 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 30,122 applied, 58% were admitted. 41% from top 10% of their high school class, 80% from top quarter, 98% from top half. Full-time: 33,376 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 1,448 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 23% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 4% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 3% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 91% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $10,408 full-time, $434 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $20,336 full-time, $847 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $448 full-time, $75 per term part-time. College room and board: $6230. College room only: $3250.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 400 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Four Diamonds Dance Marathon, Parents' Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 12,361 students; 12,782 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Pattee Library plus 7 others with 3.1 million books, 2.5 million microform titles, 36,856 serials, 146,254 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 3,589 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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