How much does Pennsylvania State University cost?

Pennsylvania State University Cost of Attendance
In-state $18,450
Out-of-state $35,514
On-Campus Room and Board $11,884
Off-Campus Room and Board $10,926
Average Annual Cost
Average Cost by Family Income
Family Income Average Cost
Under $30,000 $20,814
$30,000-$48,000 $22,051
$48,000-$75,000 $25,704
$75,000-$110,000 $20,814
Over $110,000 $31,896

Pennsylvania State University Financial Aid and Debt


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Financial Aid Breakdown for Full-time Incoming Freshman

Aid Type % Receiving Average Amount
Grant or scholarship aid 73% $6,771
Federal Grants 23% $5,062
Pell grants 22% $4,440
Other federal grants 8% $1,422
State/local goverment grant or scholarships 21% $3,343
Institutional grants or scholarships 43% $5,855
Student loan aid 52% $9,985
Federal student loans 51% $6,706
Other student loans 14% $18,593

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Micro-scholarships* Colleges Awarding Amount
Have perfect attendance for a year 197 Up to $2,100
Do community service 278 Up to $500
Have work experience 199 Up to $12,000
Visit a college campus 274 Up to $6,000
Play a sport 139 Up to $1,500
Take a challenging class 287 Up to $3,000
Attend a summer program 128 Up to $4,500
Take a foreign language class 185 Up to $5,000
Do an extracurricular activity 275 Up to $3,000

*GPA and other eligibility restrictions may apply

Pennsylvania State University Admissions

What is Pennsylvania State University's admissions rate?
Acceptance Rate 76%
Average GPA 3.57
SAT Submissions 77% of applicants
SAT Reading 540-640
SAT Math 530-670
SAT Writing 540-640
ACT Submissions 13% of applicants
Composite Score 23-30

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Pennsylvania State University Campus Life


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Student Population

Campus Life
Total undergraduates 40835
Living on campus 8%
Transfer Students 1%
Under Age 25
Gender Balance

Student Diversity

Diversity Index: Chance you’ll bump into a diverse range of students
Hispanic or Latino
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
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4 Student Testimonials



Freshman · Marketing

The teachers are wonderful, I feel like I am getting a good education. The campus is small and safe. I have good friends with similar interests.



Freshman · Political Science and Government

I like how campus is very diverse. Also, I knew I wanted a school with a big alumni network for a job afterwards, and Penn State has the largest alumni network in the World.



Freshman · Geological and Earth Sciences / Geosciences

I love the diversity of the campus. Saying that there are more than 40,000 students on the campus it may be overwhelming but it makes you feel like you're just at home. The are a tons of opportunities and clubs to join and make friends.



Freshman · Biology

I’ve made a lot of new friends and it’s a family environment. First semester was a transition but with my major I knew it would be hard work. Lots of clubs to join also.

Pennsylvania State University Graduation Success

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About Pennsylvania State University

Penn State is a multi-campus, land-grant, public research university that educates students from around the world and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service. Our educational programs are enriched by the talent, knowledge, diversity, creativity, and teaching and research expertise of our faculty, students, and staff.

With 20 undergraduate campuses across the state of Pennsylvania, and our online World Campus, Penn State educates more than 70,000 students each year who are able to choose from more than 275 academic programs to study. Our campuses provide opportunities for students to learn at campuses of every size, ranging from 500 to as many as 46,000 students, and located near cities such as Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia or in smaller towns such as State College.

As Pennsylvania’s land-grant university, we provide access to education and public service to support citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. Our academic programs vary from agricultural majors to the liberal arts, to STEM programs. And for students who are not quite sure what they want to study we offer an exploratory option through our Division of Undergraduate Studies.

As a student, you can choose the academic program and the campus that is the right fit for you, knowing that as a Penn State student you will have access to the best faculty and limitless resources at each of our campus locations.

We hope you take some time to learn more about Penn State and to reach out to us with any questions. Contact us at to reach an admissions counselor. We look forward to hearing from you.


201 Old Main
Multiple Campuses, PA

Type Public
Profit Status
Category Research Universities
Setting Small City
* Financial aid is only available for those who qualify