2013-2014 COMMON DATA SET

Penn State University Park

C. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission


Applications


C1. First-time, first-year (freshman) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in Fall 2013. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled the requirements for consideration for admission (i.e., who completed actionable applications) and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, non-admission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who applied21,620
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who applied20,950
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who were admitted11,453
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who were admitted12,150
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled4,204
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled16
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled3,801
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled22



C2. Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was contingent on space availability).


Do you have a policy of placing students on waiting list?



If yes, please answer the questions below for Fall 2013 admissions:

If yes, please answer the questions below for Fall 2013 admissions:
Wait ListNumber
Number of qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list0
Number accepting a place on the waiting list0
Number of wait-listed students admitted0



Is your waiting list ranked?



If yes, do you release that information to students?



Do you release that information to school counselors?



Admission Requirements


C3. High school completion requirement:
Check the appropriate box to identify your high school completion requirement for
degree-seeking entering students:





C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college preparatory program
for degree-seeking students?





C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended. Specify the distribution of academic high school course units required and/or recommended of all or most degree-seeking students using Carnegie units (one unit equals one year of study or its equivalent). If you use a different system for calculating units, please convert.



 
Units required
Units recommended
Total academic units00
English40
Mathematics30
Science30
    Of these, units that must be lab00
Foreign language23
Social Studies30
History00
Academic electives00
Computer Science00
Visual/Performing Arts00
Other (specify)00



Basis for Selection

C6.
Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates
or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record,
test scores, or other qualifications? If so, check which applies:



Open admission policy as described above for most students, but

       Other (explain): Admission to Penn State is based on academic credentials and is competitive.


C7. Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in your first-time, first- year, degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.

Indicate if each of the following factors is Very important, Important, Considered or Not considered in the admission decision.

Academic

Academic
Factor
Relative Importance
Rigor of Secondary School RecordImportant
Class RankConsidered
Academic GPAVery important
Standardized Test ScoresVery important
Application EssayConsidered
RecommendationNot considered



Non-Academic

Non-Academic
Factor
Relative Importance
InterviewNot considered
Extracurricular activitiesConsidered
Talent/abilityConsidered
Character/personal qualitiesConsidered
First generationNot considered
Alumni/ae relationConsidered
Geographical residenceNot considered
State residencyNot considered
Religious affiliation/commitmentNot considered
Racial/ethnic statusNot considered
Volunteer workConsidered
Work experienceConsidered
Level applicant's interestNot considered



SAT and ACT Policies

C8. Entrance exams

A. Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission
decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants?




ADMISSION

If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution's policies for use in admission for Fall 2015.

If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution's policies for use in admission for Fall 2015.
 
Require
Recommend
Require for some
Considered if submitted
Not used
SAT or ACTYes    
ACT only     
SAT Only     
SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT     
SAT Subject Tests     



B. If your institution will make use of the ACT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year,
degree-seeking applicants for Fall 2015, please indicate which ONE of the following applies (regardless
of whether the writing score will be used in the admissions process):






C. Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT essay component; check all that apply:

C. Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT essay component; check all that apply:
 
SAT essay
ACT essay
For admissionNoNo
For placementNoNo
For advisingNoNo
In place of an application essayNoNo
As a validity check on the application essayNoNo
No college policy as of nowNoNo
Not using essay componentYesYes



D. In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising?



E. Latest date by which SAT or ACT scores must be received for Fall-term admission:  Rolling Admission

Latest date by which SAT Subject Test scores must be received for Fall-term admission:  

F. If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies (e.g., if tests recommended for some students, or if tests not required of some students):  

G. Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g., state tests):

G. Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g., state tests):
Tests Used for Placement
Yes/No
SATYes
ACTYes
SAT Subject TestsNo
APYes
CLEPNo
Institutional ExamYes
State Exam (specify):   



Freshman Profile


Provide percentages for ALL enrolled degree-seeking full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in Fall 2013, including students who began studies during summer, international students/nonresident aliens, and students admitted under special arrangements.


C9. Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in Fall 2013 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Include information for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted test scores.

Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not critical reading for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. Do not convert SAT scores to ACT scores and vice versa. The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above.

C9. Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in Fall 2013 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Include information for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted test scores.
Percent submitting SAT scores78.26%
Number submitting SAT scores6,265
Percent submitting ACT scores14.08%
Number submitting ACT scores1,127



 
25th percentile
75th percentile
SAT Critical Reading520620
SAT Math550660
SAT Writing530630
SAT Essay  
ACT Composite2429
ACT Math2530
ACT English2430
ACT Writing2328



Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range:

Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range:
 
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
700-8006.02%14.05%6.48%
600-69930.20%43.06%35.21%
500-59949.37%35.42%46.05%
400-49913.30%6.98%11.09%
300-3991.04%0.48%1.02%
200-2990.08%0.02%0.14%
  100.00%100.00%100.00%



 
ACT Composite
ACT English
ACT Math
30-3618.90%27.60%26.35%
24-2964.69%49.25%57.23%
18-2315.88%22.18%15.35%
12-170.53%0.98%1.06%
6-110.00%0.00%0.00%
Below 60.00%0.00%0.00%
  100.00%100.00%100.00%



C10. Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank information).

C10. Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank information).
StudentsPercent
Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class35.77%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class78.09%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class97.87%
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class2.13%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class0.26%
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school class rank48.64%



C11. Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale). Report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA.

C11. Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale). Report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA.
Students
Percent
Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher32.38%
Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.7429.06%
Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.4922.47%
Percent who had GPA between 3.0 and 3.2411.22%
Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.994.32%
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.490.54%
Percent who had GPA between 1.0 and 1.990.01%
Percent who had GPA below 1.00.00%
  100.00%



C12. Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking first-time, first-year (freshman) students
who submitted GPA:
  3.57


Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA:  94.30%


Admission Policies

C13. Application fee


Does your institution have an application fee?



Amount of application fee:  $50

Can it be waived for applicants with financial need?



If you have an application fee and on-line application option, please indicate policy for students
who apply on-line:





Can on-line application fee be waived for applicants with financial need?



C14. Application closing date


Does your institution have an application closing date?



Application closing date (Fall):  Rolling Admission

Priority date:  November 30

C15. Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the Fall?



C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only):

C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only):
On a rolling basis beginning (date):October, 15
By (date):   
Other:   



C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only):

C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only):
Must reply by (date):May, 1
No set date:   
Must reply by May 1 or within:2 weeks if notified thereafter



Other:

Other:
Deadline for housing deposit(MM/DD):05/01  
Amount of housing deposit:$100



Refundable if student does not enroll?




C18. Deferred admission: Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission?



If yes, maximum period of postponement:One Year



C19. Early admission of high school students: Does your institution allow high school
students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more
before high school graduation?




C20. Common application: Question removed from CDS. (Initiated during 2006-2007 cycle)

Early Decision and Early Action Plans

C21. Early decision: Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan
that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of
the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to attending if accepted)
for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for Fall enrollment?




If "yes," please complete the following:

If "yes," please complete the following:
First or only early decision plan closing date   
First or only early decision plan notification date   
Other early decision plan closing date   
Other early decision plan notification date   



For the Fall 2013 entering class

For the Fall 2013 entering class
Number of early decision applications received by your institution:0
Number of applicants admitted under early decision plan:0



Please provide significant details about your early decision plan:

C22. Early action: Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified
of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to
commit to attending your college?




If "yes," please complete the following :

If "yes," please complete the following :
Early action closing date:N/A
Early action notification date:N/A



Is your early action plan a "restrictive" plan under which you limit students from applying
to other early plans?