Pennsylvania State University, commonly called Penn State, is a public institution of higher learning residing in University Park, Pennsylvania. It is the only land-grant university in Pennsylvania and features 24 campuses throughout the state.
Teaching, research, and public service make up the university’s core principles within its mission. It operates on the notion that students’ greatest success stems from improving the lives of others. Penn State was established in 1855 as a college of agricultural science. Upon passing of the Land-Grant Act in 1862, Penn State was deemed the land-grant institution of Pennsylvania. The university expanded its curriculum in the 1880s, adding programs in engineering, liberal arts, and the sciences. It started offering advanced degrees in 1922 with the creation of the Graduate School. In the 1930s, the university founded a series of undergraduate branch campuses to meet the needs of more students during the Great Depression. A college of medicine was established in 1967. In 2000, Penn State merged with the Dickinson School of Law. The World Campus also graduated its first students in the year 2000.
Today, Penn State is home to about 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff. The U.S. News and World Report ranks Pennsylvania State University number 52 in its 2018 Best National University publication.
Pennsylvania State University Accreditation Details
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Pennsylvania State University to grant associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
The College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Pennsylvania State University Application Requirements
• Complete and submit the Penn State Application
• Complete and submit the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
• Submit official high school transcript
• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary schools
• Submit official SAT or ACT scores, the writing component is not required
• Pay the $65 nonrefundable application fee
• Complete and submit the graduate application
• Submit official transcripts from previously attended institutions of higher learning
• Submit official graduate level test scores, such as the GRE or GMAT
• Pay the $65 nonrefundable application fee
• Complete any additional application requirements specified by certain programs
Tuition and Financial Aid
• Pennsylvania resident: lower division including associate-$8,708 full-time per semester or $726 per credit for part-time students; upper division-business, EMS, science, IST, engineering-$10,390 full-time per semester or $866 per credit for part-time; nursing-$11,242 full-time per semester or $937 per credit for part-time; all other programs- $9,414 full-time per semester or $785 per credit for part-time
• Non-Pennsylvania resident: lower division, including associate-$16,322 full-time per semester or $1,360 per credit for part-time students; upper division-business, EMS, science, IST, engineering-$18,197 full-time per semester or $1,516 per credit for part-time; nursing-$19,325 full-time per semester or $1,610 per credit for part-time; all other programs- $17,153 full-time per semester or $1,429 per credit for part-time
• Pennsylvania resident: MBA-$12,715 full-time per semester or $1,060 per credit part-time; business, EMS, science, IST, engineering-$11,057 full-time per semester or $921 per credit part-time; all other programs-$10,366 full-time per semester or $864 per credit part-time
• Non-Pennsylvania resident: MBA-$20,437 full-time per semester or $1,703 per credit part-time; business, EMS, science, IST, engineering-$18,511 full-time per semester or $1,543 per credit part-time; all other programs-$17,793 full-time per semester or $1,483 per credit part-time
Penn State features a variety of financial aid options including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
• Trustee Scholarship
• Renaissance Scholarship
• Bunton-Waller Scholarship
• National Merit Scholarship
• Penn State Alumni Association Scholarships
• Frank A. Sinon Scholarship
• Academic College Scholarships
• Campus Scholarships
• Federal Pell Grant
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
• Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
• Pennsylvania State Grant
• Penn State Academic Grant
• Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
• Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
• Federal Direct PLUS Loan
• Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
• Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Work-Study Program
Penn State participates in the Federal Work Study program that enables students with financial need to working either on or off campus to earn money to pay for college-related expenses. Both full and part-time students are eligible and they commonly work 10 to 20 hours per week. Pay is at least the current minimum wage, but varies greatly on the employer, job title, job responsibilities, and experience of the student.
Data Science, Data Analytics, and Business Analytics Programs at Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University offers programs in data science, data analytics, and business analytics. The undergraduate program in data sciences is part of an inter-college initiative of three colleges within Penn State: College of Engineering, College of Informational Sciences and Technology, and Eberly College of Science. Students learn about the technical fundamentals of data sciences with a concentration on developing the understanding and abilities needs to manage and evaluate a wide range of data to address an increasing scope of issues in various fields. Students take common core classes and then select one of three options: applied data sciences, computational data science, and statistical modeling data sciences. The core courses include introduction to programming techniques, intermediate programming, organization of data, introduction to data sciences, applied data sciences, and data management. Students in all concentrations must complete two capstone experiences. A minimum of 125 credits must be completed for all options.
A Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics and Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics- Business Analytics Option is available through PennState World Campus. The Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics is a 30-credit online program that provides students with the knowledge to design and maintain large data and data analytics systems. Students learn about data modeling, data architecture, business intelligence development, and extraction, transformation, loading development. The core courses include foundations of predictive analytics, data mining, applied statistics, data-driven decision making, database design concepts, and large-scale database and warehouse. Students must also complete a capstone experience.
The Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics-Business Analytics focuses on equipping students with the skills to make informed, data-driven business decisions. The program consists of 30 credits that enable students to gain business intelligence training and apply big data analytics, data mining methods, and predictive analytics to address business objectives within an organization. The courses include foundations of predictive analytics, data mining, applied statistics, business strategies for data analytics, marketing analytics, and prescriptive analytics for business. Students must also complete a capstone experience in implementing analytics for business. The World Campus also offers a graduate certificate in business analytics. The certificate helps students make informed business decisions and apply data analytics to meet the needs of various types of organizations. This program at Pennsylvania State University requires the completion of nine credits and the courses include business strategies for data analytics, marketing analytics, and prescriptive analytics for business.