Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$19,286
2022 Average Net Price
$26,747
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.42%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
55.2%
85,784 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
50,028
96.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
83.3%
7,026 Graduates

About

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is a higher education institution located in Centre County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus were General Finance (449 degrees awarded), Information Science (448 degrees), and General Psychology (427 degrees).

In 2022, 13,826 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. 48.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (8,538 degrees), 9.86 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (866 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is $19,286, which is $−10,864 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is $19,286, which is $−10,864 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,747.

In 2022, 56% of undergraduate students attending Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 40% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$19,286
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus was $19,286. The cost of tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is $−10,864 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$26,747
2022 Value
8.18%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,747. Between 2019 and 2022, the average net price of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus grew by 8.18%.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
40%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

56% of undergraduate students at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 21.1% with respect to 2019, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus (in red) with that of other similar universities.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.42%
2019 Default Rate
254
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus was 1.42%, which represents 254 out of the 17838 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus received 85,784 undergraduate applications in 2022.

There were 50,028 students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in 2022. 38% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has an overall enrollment yield of 19.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
47,360
Accepted Out of 85,784

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SAT Scores

38%
Submission Percentage (2022)
3,547
Scores Submitted (2022)

38% of enrolled first-time students at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus had a total enrollment of 50,028 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is 48,270 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,758. This means that 96.5% of students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.8% White, 7.91% Hispanic or Latino, 6.61% Asian, 4.33% Black or African American, 3.38% Two or More Races, 0.0979% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.074% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (32.5%), followed by White Female (30.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.69%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (19.1%), followed by White Male (17.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.27%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50,028 students. The full-time enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is 48,270 and the part-time enrollment is 1,758. This means that 96.5% of students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    29,395 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,955 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    3,307 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is 58.8% White, 7.91% Hispanic or Latino, 6.61% Asian, 4.33% Black or African American, 3.38% Two or More Races, 0.0979% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.074% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,523 students (3.04%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 332 fewer women than men received degrees from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is white (8,538 degrees awarded). There were 9.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (866 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is General Finance (449 degrees awarded), followed by Information Science (448 degrees) and General Psychology (427 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (2,046 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (403 degrees), and Math & Statistics (324 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are Software developers (1,035,304 people), Other managers (466,799 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (398,414 people), Civil engineers (290,959 people), and Postsecondary teachers (221,791 people).

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in 2022 are Engineering (2,046 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (403 degrees), Math & Statistics (324 degrees), Legal (427 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,494 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are Engineering (2,046 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (403 degrees), Math & Statistics (324 degrees), Legal (427 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,494 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are Computer Systems Design (1,080,699 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (498,577 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (433,119 people), Construction (332,881 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (276,893 people).

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are Engineering (2,046 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (403 degrees), Math & Statistics (324 degrees), Legal (427 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,494 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 449 degrees awarded
  2. 448 degrees awarded
  3. 427 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus was General Finance with 449 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

7,079
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
6,747
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 7,079 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, which is 1.05 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,747).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 332 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in General Finance, which is 2.84 times more than the 117 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 327 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus in General Psychology, which is 3.27 times more than the 100 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

69%
100% Completion Time
85%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 69% of students graduating from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 85% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 86% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (88%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is Female and White (88% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.15% of graduates (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    8,538 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    866 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    794 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is white (8,538 degrees awarded). There were 9.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (866 degrees).

2.13% of degree recipients (294 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    4,307 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    4,231 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    457 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is white male (4,307 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (4231 degrees).

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Operations

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has an endowment valued at nearly $4.33B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−11%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus had a total salary expenditure of 7.69B. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus employs 1,481 Assistant professors, 1,306 Professors and 1,115 Associate professors. Most academics at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are Male Professor (923), Female Assistant professor (765), and Male Assistant professor (716).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 2,247 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 1,765 employees, and Management with 1,655 employees.

Endowment

$4.33B
2022 Endowment

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has an endowment valued at about $4.33B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus grew 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.96B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$3.52B
2022 Salaries
23.5%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus paid a median of $3.52B in salaries, which represents 45.8% of their overall expenditure ($7.69B) and a 23.5% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$354M
Instructional Salaries
4,207
Number of Employees

In 2022, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus paid a total of $354M to 4,207 employees working as instructors, which represents 10% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
1,481 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
2,247 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus were Assistant professor with 1,481 employees, Professor with 1,306 employees, and Associate professor with 1,115 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 2,247 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 1,765 employees, and Management with 1,655 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus was Male Professor with 923 employees, Female Assistant professor with 765 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 716 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus.

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