The Pennsylvania State: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from The Pennsylvania State University’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

Penn State Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 201 Old Main, University Park
  • State: Pennsylvania
  • Institution: Public
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Semester
  • Retention Rate: 91%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 41,745
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14.77:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Academic GPA
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized test scores
Application Essay (For pre-med only)


Alumni/ae relation
Geographical Residence
State Residency
Racial/ethnic Status

GPA Breakdown

47.91% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99

25.87% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.50 and 3.74

16.55% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49

7.41% of enrolled students have a GPA between 3.00 and 3.24

1.98% of enrolled students have a GPA between 2.50 and 2.99

0.27% of enrolled students have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 

0.01% of enrolled students have a GPA between 1.0 and 1.99

Admission Facts

  • No Application Closing Date
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (1 year maximum)
  • Early Admissions: Allowed
  • EA/ED: Yes (Early Action)
  • EA/ED Deadline: November 1
  • EA Plan: Not restrictive

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 4,599 International (nonresidents) students
  • 3,481 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 1,856 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 26,196 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 45 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 2,924 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 32 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 1,503 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 1,109 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$65/$75 for International Students Application Fee

$19,286 In-district/In-state Tuition Fee

$38,102 Out-of-state/International Tuition Fee

$549.48 Required Fees

$12,984 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $135,714,278

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $55,045,936

The data presented here was collected from the Pennsylvania State University Park Common Data Set 2022-2023.

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