Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Pennsylvania


PSU is a multi-campus public university that improves the lives of Pennsylvanians, the nation, and world through integrated, high-quality programs in teaching, research, and service. Our research, scholarship, and creative activities promote human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and professions. As Pennsylvania's land-grant university, we also hold a unique responsibility to provide access, outreach, and public service to support the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. We engage in collaborative activities with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to generate, disseminate, integrate and apply knowledge.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 44406
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: Not available
Faculty: 3137

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: Not available:1

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Contact Information

201 Old Main
University Park Pennsylvania 16802


Main Email:

Main Phone: 814-865-4700

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Admissions Contact:
Anne Rohrbach
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
(814) 863-4774

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Michael Adewumi
Vice Provost, International Programs
(814) 863-4030

Athletics Contact:
Tim Curley
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department
(814) 865-1086

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A minimum college grade point average depends on academic program and varies from year to year for transfer applicants.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a C or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
A transfer applicant must have a minimum number of 18 credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman. No limit to the maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution.

Test Scores for Applying:
Standardized test scores are not required for admission consideration.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) is not required for admission consideration.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is not required for admission consideration.

Application Fee:
There is a $50 application fee.

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Fall Deadline:
Rolling Admission

Spring Deadline:
Rolling Admission

Summer Deadline:
Rolling Admission

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Standardized Testing

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 1895

Transfers Accepted: 799

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 42%

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Admissions Data From: Fall 2010



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Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
PSU participates in all the major federal and state student aid programs. Federal and state funding sources comprise 70 percent of all student aid at PSU, the majority of which is available in the form of federal education loans for students and parents.

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