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Pennsylvania State University, University Park: Overview, Rankings, Fees & Courses

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Penn State University Highlights 2024

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Year of establishment1855
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Also Known AsPenn State
Accepted Exams
TOEFLIELTS+1 More
Total International Students7271
Size of Campus in acres7343
Male/Female Ratio0.87
Faculty/Student Ratio16.2
Endowments ValueUS Dollar 1 billion
No.of Campuses1
Accommodation expenses6268 USD for 4 sharing (UG),11256 USD for 2 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses6038 USD (UG),6038 USD (PG)
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Q:   How difficult is it to get into Penn State at University Park?

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According to U.S News & World Report, Penn State acceptance rate is 55%. After considering the acceptance rate, it can be said that the university is moderately selective at the time of admissions. Hence, to get into Penn State, the applicants are required to have a good academic record. The general admissions requirements at Penn State are having the secondary school qualification. On the other hand, for admissions to graduate courses, Indian students must have a bachelor’s degree.

 

Q:   Which city is Penn State in?

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Penn State University Park is situated in the small city of State College, a quintessential town that has small eateries and quirky shops that line the street marking the border between Downtown and campus. The university offers various undergraduate and graduate programs. Over 7,000 international undergraduate students call Penn State University their home. Each year, the university sees an increase in the number of applications from international applicants. The university enrolls thousands of international students from over 130 different countries.

 

Q:   How much does it cost to go to Penn State University for 4 years?

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For the 2023-24 academic year at Penn State University for the Fall and Spring semesters, an estimate is given below for international undergraduate students. Students can expect their fees to be around the amount given below for the rest of the 3 years:

Particulars

Expenses

Tuition and fees

USD 41,126

Room and meals

USD 12,984

 

Q:   Is Penn State good for international students?

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Penn State University is located around 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The main campus of the university is located in State College centrally located in the middle of the state. The university is top ranked as a top world university as per the Center for World University Rankings and in the Top 15 institutions hosting international students. Also, as per the facts of 2023, Penn State welcomed more than 1,800 Indian students.

 

Q:   How many Indian students are in Penn State?

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As per the data updated in May 2023, Indian was one of the top 10 countries from where students enrolled at Penn State University. India was placed at #2 place as more than 1,800 Indian students were enrolled at the university. A number of undergraduate and graduate courses are offered. More than 275 majors are offered at the undergraduate level. Various graduate programs are also offered.

 

Pennsylvania State University-University Park Scholarships

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Q:   Are there any assistantships available to Penn State University graduate students?

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Yes, international students at Penn State University are eligible for a number of assistantships, fellowships, and grants. The most common of these are Graduate assistantships, which provide full tuition, 80% of health insurance premiums and living stipend in return for service. To get these assistantships, graduate applicants should indicate the same at the time of completion of the admission application.

 

Q:   Does Penn State University give full scholarships to international students?

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Penn State University offers a few tuition grants to undergraduate and graduate international students. The range of these grants ranges from USD 100 – USD 2,000. The grants that are offered are The Special International Grant-In-Aid (SIGIA) and the Penn State Tuition Assistance Grant (PSTAG). SIGIA is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. PSTAG, on the other hand, is available to undergraduates.

 

The Pennsylvania State University – University Park Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :USD 65 - 85
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNot required
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Fall15ᵗʰ Jun 2024
Spring1ˢᵗ Oct 2024
Summer15ᵗʰ Apr 2024
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Q:   What is the deadline to apply to Penn State?

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General Pennsylvania State University application deadlines for UG applicants are given below:

Term

Early Action Deadline

Priority Filing

Fall

Nov 1, 2023

Feb 1, 2024

Summer

Nov 1, 2023

Feb 1, 2024

Spring

NA

Early Sep

Note that the Graduate School of Penn State University does not have a deadline for processing applicants. However, international applicants must submit materials at least 4 months before beginning the semester to which they are applying

 

Q:   What time does Penn State decision come out?

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For Early Action applicants, The Pennsylvania State University – University Park releases admission decisions by End of December. Offers of admission to Penn State can be accepted through the accepted students’ MyPennState portal.

 

Pennsylvania State University, University Park Tuition Fees, Duration & Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(54 courses)
INR 20 L - 39 L
Duration1 year-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 - 100, GRE
B.E. / B.Tech(27 courses)
INR 34 L
Duration2-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 & Above, SAT: 570 & Above
MBA/PGDM(18 courses)
INR 33 L - 50 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 80 & Above, GRE
MIM(16 courses)
INR 33 L - 39 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 80 & Above, GRE
B.Sc.(51 courses)
INR 34 L - 65 L
Duration48 months-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 & Above
B.A.(45 courses)
INR 34 L - 64 L
Duration2-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 & Above
MEng(7 courses)
INR 33 L - 39 L
Duration18-24 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above
M.A.(23 courses)
INR 26 L - 38 L
Duration18 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7, TOEFL: 80 & Above, GRE
BBA(17 courses)
INR 34 L
Duration2-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 80 & Above
Others PG(13 courses)
INR 33 L - 34 L
Duration18-24 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above
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Q:   What is the eligibility for Penn State?

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The Pennsylvania State University – University Park general admission requirements are given below:

  • Undergraduate: Secondary school academic records or post-secondary record (if any)
  • Graduate: All degree certificates

Also, besides the academic records, the applicants are required to submit the English language proficiency score.

 

Q:   How much does Penn State charge for Indian students?

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Penn State University fees for international students can be checked from the table given below:

Courses

1st Year Tuition Fees

MBA/PGDM (1 course)

INR 40 L

MS (53 courses)

INR 20 L - 38 L

MIM (16 courses)

INR 33 L - 37 L

BSc (32 courses)

INR 32 L

BE / BTech (27 courses)

INR 29 L - 33 L

BA (40 courses)

INR 32 L

BBA (17 courses)

INR 32 L

MA (23 courses)

INR 26 L - 34 L

MEM (1 course)

INR 36 L

Others PG (13 courses)

INR 33 L - 34 L

BJMC (6 courses)

INR 32 L

Cost of Living: The estimated cost of living Penn State summer session is given below:

  • Room and meals: USD 12,984
  • Graduate Students Cost of Living: USD 23,300
 

Q:   Does Penn State MBA require GMAT?

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For one year Penn State MBA, GMAT score is not required. This is a STEM-designated program. Other The Pennsylvania State University – University Park admission requirements for MBA course are given below:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • TOEFL score of 80 / IELTS with a score of 7.0
  • Academic transcripts

Also Read: A Complete Guide on MBA in USA for International Student

 

Q:   Does Penn State require IELTS?

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International students seeking admission to Pennsylvania State University, University Park need to have English language proficiency. For the same purpose, the university accepts the ELP test scores of IELTS / TOEFL / Duolingo (as applicable). The scores required in the ELP tests are given below:

Tests

UG ELP Scores

PG ELP Scores

Duolingo

120

-

TOEFL

80 on iBT

80 with 19 on the Speaking section

IELTS

6.5

6.5

 

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Q:   Is Penn State good for job opportunities?

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According to a new report published by Penn State University, the university is ranked at No. 21 among all large US employers – for new college graduates entering the workforce according to Forbes magazine’s recently released 2023 America’s Best Employers for New Grads Survey. Furthermore, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Penn State is the ninth the largest employer in the state.

 

Q:   What is the job placement rate for PSU students?

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Penn State University placement rate is 95% as of 3 months after graduation. 92% of students accepted a position as of 3 months after graduation. The median base salary is USD 120,500 and the median signing bonus is USD 23,500. A few of the industries where MBA graduates work are Technology, Consulting, Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, etc.

 

Pennsylvania State University Ranking 2024

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#51-100
#101-150
Business EconomicsC++
#100
Mechanical EngineeringA
#14
#32
Supply ChainA
#4
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Q:   What rank is Pennsylvania State University in the US?

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As per U.S. News & World Report, Pennsylvania State University ranking in the national universities 2024 edition is #60. This shows that the university is basically placed in the Top 100 universities of the US.

 

Q:   What is Pennsylvania State University world rank?

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The Pennsylvania State University – University Park ranks at #83 position in the QS rankings in 2024. The university’s position has significantly improved in the QS rankings if compared with the previous years. In 2023, it was placed at #92 position, whereas, in 2022, it was placed at #96 position. According to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Penn State University ranks at #122 position in 2024. Again, in THE rankings too, the university position has improved from 2023, where it was then placed at #151 position.

 

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Q:   How much scholarship does Penn State give to international students?

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Penn State University has authorized two scholarship funds which provide tuition grants to international students; Special International Grant-in-Aid (SIGIA) and the Penn State Tuition Assistance Grant (PSTAG). Note that these funds are administered through the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) for global programs. Generally, these grants range from USD 100 – USD 2,000.

  • The application form for these grants can be obtained from iStart
  • SIGIA is available for both international undergraduate and graduate students but PSTAG is only available to international undergraduates
  • Grants are awarded on the basis of quality of academic work, severity of financial need, and the academic advisor’s endorsement. Students in their first year at Pennsylvania State University or those who are below standard GPA (minimum of 3.0 GPA for graduate students and 2.0 for undergraduate students) shall not be considered

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Q:   How to apply to Pennsylvania State University, University Park?

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Pennsylvania State University, University Park applicants seeking admission to UG courses can apply through either the University Portal or Common App. Whereas, the graduate applicants can apply through the university portal. Given below are the steps to apply to Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Application Steps for UG Courses

  • First of all, choose the application method
  • Then, access the application and review the important application dates
  • Start Penn State application and enter the required details
  • Next, submit the application by paying USD 75 application fee
  • Then, submit all the required materials such as academic records, official test scores (as applicable), English language proficiency score, etc.
  • Next, check the application status
  • Lastly, receive the admission decision

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In total, there are 24 Pennsylvania State University campuses. University Park is the main and the largest campus of Penn State with more than 10,000 international students. Other campuses of the university are given below:

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