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Penn State University Park (University Park, PA)

ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT: 75%
Applicants who took ACT: 17%
SAT I Verbal score 600-699: 33%
SAT I Verbal score 700+: 6%
SAT I Verbal score 600+: 39%
SAT I Math score 600-699: 45%
SAT I Math score 700+: 16%
SAT I Math score 600+: 61%
ACT score 24-29: 65%
ACT score 30-36: 21%
ACT score 24+: 86%
Students applied: 50,299
Students admitted: 25,295
Admission rate: 50%
Students per faculty: 16
4-year graduation rate: 66%
6-year graduation rate: 0%

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment: 40,541
Full-time enrolled men: 21,078
Full-time enrolled women: 18,279
Part-time enrolled men: 700
Part-time enrolled women: 484
Freshmen retained: 93%

ANNUAL COSTS

Tuition (in state): $16,572
Fees (in state): $942
Tuition (out of state): $30,404
Fees (out of state): $942
Room and board: $10,920
Est. book expense: $1,840
Total cost (in state): $30,274
Total cost (out of state): $44,106
Cost after need-based aid
(in state):
$23,287
Cost after non-need-based aid
(in state):
$26,517
Cost after need-based aid
(out of state):
$37,119
Cost after non-need-based aid
(out of state):
$40,349
Average debt at graduation: $36,935

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met: 57%
Average need-based aid: $6,987
Average non-need-based aid: $3,757

SOURCE: Peterson's Undergraduate Database. (© 2015 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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