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As one of only three land- space- sun-, and sea-grant universities in the U.S., Penn State is on the cutting edge of research, education, and service to Pennsylvania communities.
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Penn State has one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, featuring 29 varsity programs and participates in the Big Ten Conference at the NCAA Division I level for most sports. At Penn State’s 20 undergraduate campuses, 75+ NCAA Division III teams and 100+ PSUAC teams qualify for national championships through the USCAA.
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QS World University Rankings, 2024
Best colleges for first-generation college students.
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21% of Penn Staters are first-generation students
17,000 Pell Grant recipients University-wide
We take pride in delivering world-class education to our community of Penn Staters. Unique programs assist students with financial, academic, and personal challenges to help all succeed.
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Nearly 88,000 students
Of students are Pennsylvania residents.
Students from 50 states and 140+ countries
Nearly 10,000 international students
Of students are from diverse backgrounds.
7,900+ faculty across all campuses
Invent Penn State’s 21 innovation spaces across the state work with students, alumni, corporate partners, and community innovators to accelerate the movement of great ideas and economic development in the Commonwealth and beyond.
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Penn State rankings
Often ranked as a top thirty research university, our quality is reflected in Penn State’s worldwide standings as a leader in research, education, and community. Our record-breaking research expenditures exceed $1.034B, ranking 12 disciplines in the top 10 by the National Science Foundation.
U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” (Undergraduate) 2024
Penn State ranks 28th among national public universities and 60th overall out of 435 national universities listed in U.S. News World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranking for 2024. Penn State also ranks 23rd among Association of American Universities public institutions and is the top-ranked public university in Pennsylvania.
Undergraduate program rankings released by U.S. News include 16 top-25 ratings (four in the top 10) ratings for select programs in engineering and business, among others.
Best Undergraduate Business Programs
Penn State tied for #21 in “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” out of 523 ranked institutions. In addition, the University ranked in the following specialties:
- #8 in Supply Chain Management/Logistics
- #11 in Production/Operation Management
- #17 in Management (tie)
- #25 in Accounting (tie)
- #24 in Marketing (tie)
- #50 in Finance (tie)
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)
Penn State tied for #19 out of 208 ranked institutions in “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.” In addition, the University ranked in the following specialties:
- #9 in Materials Engineering
- #9 in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering
- #10 in Biological/Agricultural Engineering (tie)
- #13 in Civil Engineering
- #15 in Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (tie)
- #15 in Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering (tie)
- #15 in Mechanical Engineering (tie)
- #20 in Chemical Engineering
- #25 in Computer Engineering (tie)
- #27 in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering
Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs
Penn State tied for 40 out of 554 ranked programs.
Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Penn State tied for 31 out of 656 ranked programs.
Best Undergraduate Economics Programs
Penn State tied for 41 out of 309 ranked programs.
Best Undergraduate Psychology Programs
Penn State tied for 34 out of 542 ranked programs.
U.S. News & World Report, “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2023-24”
U.S. News “Best Graduate Schools” ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing, including specialties in each area.
#37 in Best Business Schools (Smeal College of Business) (tie)
- #6 in Supply Chain/Logistics (tie)
- #11 in Production/Operations
- #20 in Management (tie)
- #22 in Accounting (tie)
- #21 in Business Analytics (tie)
#49 in Best Education Schools (College of Education) (tie)
- #3 in Higher Education Administration
- #6 in Student Counseling and Personnel Services (tie)
- #10 in Educational Administration and Supervision
- #13 in Special Education
- #15 in Secondary Teacher Education (tie)
- #19 in Curriculum and Instruction (tie)
- #15 in Education Policy
- #15 in Educational Psychology
#32 in Best Engineering Schools (College of Engineering)
- #6 in Petroleum Engineering
- #10 in Nuclear Engineering (tie)
- #10 in Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering (tie)
- #11 in Biological/Agricultural Engineering
- #11 in Materials Engineering
- #17 in Mechanical Engineering (tie)
- #15 in Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (tie)
- #19 in Civil Engineering (tie)
- #27 in Chemical Engineering (tie)
- #28 in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering (tie)
- #26 in Computer Engineering (tie)
- #38 in Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering (tie)
Humanities and Social Sciences
- #23 in Sociology
—#3 in Sociology of Population (tie)
—#15 in Social Stratification (tie)
- #26 in Psychology (tie)
—#5 in Industrial Organizational Psychology (tie)
- #27 in Criminology
- #27 in Economics (tie)
—#9 in International Economics (tie)
—#13 in Microeconomics
—#17 in Econometrics (tie)
- #72 in Best Public Affairs Programs, University Park (tie)
- #72 in Best Public Affairs Programs, Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs (tie)
- #1 in Geology
- #4 in Geochemistry
- #6 in Earth Sciences (tie)
—#2 in Environmental Sciences (tie)
—#3 in Geology
—#3 in Geochemistry (tie)
—#7 in Paleontology (tie)
—#9 in Geophysics (tie)
- #19 in Statistics (tie)
- #23 in Physics (tie)
—#12 in Cosmology/Relativity/Gravity
—#14 in Condensed Matter (tie)
—#16 in Atomic/Molecular/Optical (tie)
- #28 in Biostatistics (tie)
- #34 in Chemistry (tie)
—#22 in Inorganic Chemistry (tie)
—#16 in Analytical Chemistry (tie)
- #37 in Mathematics (tie)
—#26 in Applied Mathematics (tie)
- #35 in Computer Science (tie)
—#25 in Artificial Intelligence (tie)
- #46 in Biological Sciences (tie)
U.S. News “Best Online Programs” Rankings, 2023 – Penn State World Campus
Penn State World Campus ranked in these graduate degree disciplines and the overall bachelor’s degree programs category.
- #3 online graduate engineering
- #16 (tie), online graduate education
- #16 (tie), online graduate business (non-MBA)
- #10 (tie), online graduate computer IT
- #19 (tie), online MBA
- #25 (tie), online bachelor’s programs
Specific disciplines within the program categories were also ranked. The specialties rankings were based on ratings provided by peer institutions.
In addition, U.S. News ranked “Best Online Programs for Veterans” in six categories, with Penn State’s online bachelor’s programs at:
- #1 online graduate engineering
- #7, online graduate business (non-MBA)
- #4, online graduate education
- #6, online computer IT
- #15 (tie), online MBA
- #15 online bachelor’s programs
QS World University Rankings 2024
Penn State ranked No. 83 in the world — a jump of 10 positions from No. 93 last year — in the recently released 2024 QS World University Rankings, placing the University in the top 6% worldwide among the 1,500 institutions ranked by QS. Penn State also placed, out of 199 ranked U.S. institutions, at No. 8 among public universities nationally and No. 4 among Big Ten institutions.
Center for World University Rankings 2023
Penn State is ranked 54th among the best universities in the world out of 2,000 ranked, placing the University in the top 3% for the quality of education of its students and the research prowess of its faculty, by the Center for World University Rankings for 2023.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024
Penn State is 20th among U.S. public universities, and placed 42nd in the nation overall, in the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Penn State placed in the top 6% globally among about 1,900 ranked institutions, rising 29 places from last year to No. 122 in the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities (AWRU) 2023
The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Penn State in the range of 101-150 in its listing of the top 1,000 world-class universities, out of more than 2,500 institutions ranked worldwide.
AWRU 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
Penn State ranks in the top 50 in 16 subject area rankings and in the top 100 in the world in an additional 14 subjects, according to the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, released by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which evaluates the performance of world universities in relevant subjects, using a number of metrics including research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality, and international academic awards.
U.S. News & World Report “Best Global Universities” 2022-23
Penn State is ranked at #84 internationally, among 2,000 institutions evaluated, across 95 countries, in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Global Universities” for 2022-23.
Campus Pride Index 2023
For the third year in a row, Penn State has received 5 out of 5 stars for overall campus climate — and included among the “Best of the Best,” a list of 30 four-year public and private colleges across the nation — in the 2023 Campus Pride Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning-Friendly Campus Climate Index. Campus Pride is a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to improve LGBTQ environments at colleges and universities.
Forbes “Best Employers for New Grads” survey 2023
Penn State ranked No. 21 among all large U.S. employers — public, private and nonprofit — for new college graduates entering the workforce, according to Forbes magazine’s “America’s Best Employers for New Grads” survey.
Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2023
Penn State ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 40th in the world out of nearly 1,600 participating institutions in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, placing Penn State in the top 2.5% of universities worldwide.
The global rating is a broad multidimensional assessment of a university’s research, community outreach and education, and campus operations. The criteria used in the assessment are linked to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, global goals adopted by all U.N. Member States that look to improve life for all people and help protect the planet.
The Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship Magazine, Top Schools for Entrepreneurship 2023
Penn State has been ranked as the #23 school for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies in the U.S. in annual ratings of the top schools for entrepreneurship studies, by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship Magazine. Among schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, Penn State came in at #3.
U.S. News & World Report, “Best Children’s Hospitals 2022-23”
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best hospitals for children in multiple specialties—cardiology and heart surgery (#33), diabetes and endocrinology (#41), and pulmonology (#42).