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  • Old Main Building at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).
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  • The administration building, Old Main, at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) located in University Park, PA.
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Pennsylvania State University

201 Old Main University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-4700 | Established: 1855 | PSU.edu

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Founded in 1855 with the threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service, the Pennsylvania State University at University Park (simply Penn State or PSU) is now the flagship university of the state. With 40,000 undergraduates on its main campus...
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alone, Penn State has an additional 19 campuses and satellite schools, making it the largest school system in the country (nearly 100,000 in all). Often recognized as a “Public Ivy,” PSU consistently ranks among the top-ten public universities in the country. Located in University Park, its setting offers a small-city feel and the campus expanses 8,500 acres. Appropriately known as Happy Valley, the campus at University Park is often rated as a top college town.

Penn State offers more than 160 majors across its campuses and is continually ranked among the top ten researching universities in the country with expenditures of close to $800 million per fiscal year. There are nearly 1,000 clubs and organizations for students to get involved in, including 100 sororities and fraternities. Approximately 15,000 students volunteer each year in THON, the largest student-run charity in the world. With mountains only a short drive away, students can get away for a weekend of hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. The PSU Nittany Lions compete at the Division I level in the Big Ten Conference (B1G). Penn State is known for consistently being a football powerhouse.

Notable alumni include Newbery Medal-winning children’s author Jean Craighead George, Nike CEO Mark Parker, and former NFL quarterback Kerry Collins.

Enrollment

  • Undergrad Enrollment: 40,085
  • Graduate Enrollment: 6,530
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

Region

  • Mid-Atlantic

Popular Majors

  • Most Popular Major: Information Science
  • Second Most Popular: Finance

Percentages

  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Percent Male: 54%
  • Percent Female: 46%

Cost

  • In-State Tuition: $16,992
  • Out-of-State Tuition: $29,566

Other

  • Type of School: 4 Year-Public
  • College Setting: Small City

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232 S. Allen St.
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114 S. Garner St.
State College, PA 16801
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1525 S. Atherton St.
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814) 234-1566
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100 W. College Ave.
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112 W. College Ave.
State College, PA 16801
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Days Inn (State College)

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The Nittany Lion Inn

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State College, PA 16803
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Hampton Inn (State College)

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The Atherton Hotel

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Class Begins

August 25



Fall Break Dates

N/A



Thanksgiving Break Dates

November 23-29



Winter Break Dates

December 20-January 11



Spring Break Dates

March 8-14



Summer Break Begins

May 9



Sports Division

NCAA Division I-A



Mascot

Nittany Lion



Nickname

Nittany Lions



Sports Conference

Big 10



People at Pennsylvania State University

Kevin Ruck

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