Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA 16802

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 LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate93%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. ADN
  2. BSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN)
  4. Doctoral degrees (PhD, BSN to PhD)
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. RN to BSN
  7. LPN to ADN
  8. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Nursing Administration Certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 144
Nursing Administration Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 4
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Postbaccalaureate certificate 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 37
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 3

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Lock Haven University
31.4 miles away
Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Altoona
33.83 miles away
Pennsylvania College of Technology
52.91 miles away
Pennsylvania College of Technology
53 miles away
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
62.81 miles away
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
62.88 miles away
Indiana County Community College Center of WCCC
66.91 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto
68.28 miles away
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
69.13 miles away
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg
71.73 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading530 to 630
SAT: Math560 to 670
SAT: Writing540 to 640
ACT Composite25 to 29
Admission considerations
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$20,873
30k to 48k$22,463
48k to 75k$26,481
75k to 110k$31,105
Over 110k$33,278
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $706.00 $1,310.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $832.00 $1,428.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802

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