A Basic Fact Sheet

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March 2016

The Pennsylvania State University

2015-16 headcount: 97,494 students (83,436 undergraduate + 14,058  graduate/medical/law students)

Fall 2015 Enrollment Headcounts
Campus Headcount
University Park 46,848
19 Commonwealth Campuses 30,965
4 special-purpose campuses: Great Valley (graduate & professional studies), The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dickinson School of Law, Penn State Law, PA College of Technology 7,439
World Campus 12,242

2015-16 Operating Budget (in millions)
Category Budget (millions)
General funds $2,127
Federal funds - Agriculture 22
Restricted funds 666
Auxiliary enterprises 420
Total before medical 3,235
The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 1,649
Total University $4,884

Faculty and Staff (Total University, Fall 2015) Headcounts
Classification Headcount
Full-time 26,742
Part-time 8,457
Casual (e.g., work study, wage not eligible for retirement benefits 12,653
Total 47,852

Graduation Rates (first-time baccalaureate)
Campus Four-year (2011 cohort) Six-year (2009 cohort)
University Park 67% 86%
Commonwealth Campuses 34% 56%
Overall 50% 70%

Current Strategic Planning Cycles
Level Strategic Planning Cycle
University-level 2015-16 through 2019-20
Unit-level (e.g., colleges and campuses) 2014-15 through 2018-19

Research University Position
Position Year
#18 among U.S. universities in total research expenditures FY 2014

Penn State has a complex differential structure: tuition rates vary by location, level, residence and academic program. (All those listed below are for the 2015-16 academic year; summer not included).
Campus, Level, and Residence Lowest Tuition Rate (per academic year)
University Park, Undergraduate, In-State $16,572
University Park, Undergraduate, Out-of-State $30,404
University Park, Graduate, In-State $19,328
University Park, Graduate, Out-of-State $33,142