Tool December 2017

Best Values in Colleges

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Penn State University Park (University Park, PA)


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Penn State University Park is ranked 51 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 206 among all colleges.

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ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT 68%
Applicants who took ACT 22%

SAT Critical Reading Score

700+7%
600-69933%
600+40%

SAT Math Score

700+15%
600-69944%
600+59%

ACT Score

30-3623%
24-2963%
24+86%

Students applied52,974
Students admitted29,878
Admission rate56%

Students per faculty16

4-year graduation rate68%

ANNUAL COSTS

In State

Tuition$17,416
Fees$1,020
Room and board$11,280
Estimated book expense$1,840
Total cost$31,556

Cost after need-based aid$23,871
Cost after non-need-based aid$27,623

Average debt at graduation$37,213

Out of State

Tuition$32,644
Fees$1,020
Room and board$11,280
Estimated book expense$1,840
Total cost$46,784

Cost after need-based aid$39,099
Cost after non-need-based aid$42,851

SALARY DATA

Salary yardstick #$48,500

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met59%
Average need-based aid$7,685
Average non-need-based aid$3,933

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment41,359

Full-Time

Men21,373
Women18,766

Part-Time

Men772
Women448

Freshmen retained93%

# - Based on the median earnings of workers who started at a particular college 10 years earlier and who received federal financial aid. The data don't consider whether the student graduated or went on to graduate school.

NA - Not available


SOURCES - Peterson's Databases (© 2018 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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