Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
The main campus of Pennsylvania State University (PSU or Penn State) is in University Park, Pennsylvania. PSU is a public institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is also part of Pennsylvania State University, which operates ten campuses. It was established in 1855 as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania, later becoming the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania. Over the years, the university has expanded and now includes 24 campuses. The main campus is in University Park in the center of the state. During the 2016 fall semester, over 40,000 undergraduate students were enrolled in the university.
The Penn State College of Nursing offers a wide range of CCNE-accredited nursing programs, including undergraduate and graduate-level programs. The undergraduate programs include traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN. The graduate degree programs include MSN, Ph.D., and BSN to Ph.D. The university also offers an associate’s degree in nursing and an LPN to ADN program. Some of these programs allow you to start your curriculum at one campus and complete your program at a second campus. The college also has a strict policy for transfers. When completing the traditional BSN program, students get to receive hands-on training at healthcare facilities in the region.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students47,119|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||4|
Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
07/01/1921 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs|
02/01/1995 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program|
12/01/1975 - 12/31/2015
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program|
04/01/1969 - 12/31/2015
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels|
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
09/22/2000 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1160 to 1340|
|ACT||25 to 30|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Recommendations Neither required nor recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$726/credit|
|In State Students||$726/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,360/credit|
|In District Students||$864/credit|
|In State Students||$864/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,483/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||4%||$1,337|
|State Grant & Scholarships||11%||$3,713|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||31%||$7,736|
|Federal Student Loans||46%||$5,415|
$25,346Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$21,514|
|$30,001 to $48,000$22,101|
|$48,001 to $75,000$26,602|
|$75,001 to $110,000$32,131|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.