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Penn State University Park (Penn State Outreach - World Campus)


About Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus is the online campus of Penn State University. The idea of distance education is not a new concept for Penn State. The University has been offering courses at a distance for more than 100 years. In 1892, Penn State founded one of the nation's first correspondence courses and in 1998, it was one of the first major accredited universities to provide online education. Today, Penn State World Campus offers more than 100 of the most in-demand graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs in education, business, engineering, technology, health care, and more.

At Penn State World Campus, the mission is to make sure students have access to a quality academic experience, even if they have job and family obligations to fulfill. If students can't come to one of the brick-and-mortar campuses, Penn State World Campus will bring the campus to them. The online courses offered by World Campus are the same courses that are offered on campus. Therefore, a diploma earned through World Campus will look no different from the one earned by students on a physical campus. It will not differentiate the method of delivery or state that the degree was earned online. The programs offered by World Campus are accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations through governing bodies in those particular fields of study.

Degree and Certificate Programs

At Penn State World Campus, students can earn accredited online associate or bachelor's degrees and distinguish themselves with a respected and recognized credential from Penn State. Penn State offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees online that complement interests and career goals, from traditional liberal arts to technical specializations. The Penn State online associate and bachelor's degree programs are designed to prepare students for success, no matter which industries or paths they choose. Associate degrees can even be used as a gateway into bachelor's degrees offered online through Penn State World Campus or at another institution.

Students who are pursuing online bachelor's degrees from Penn State have the opportunity to enhance and customize their educations by earning minors, which can help them gain specialized knowledge to complement their majors, pursue personal interests, or explore different fields of study. Penn State World Campus offers undergraduate certificates as a convenient way to start an online degree program, enhance professional development, or to take a few courses of interest online. With 15 available certificates, World Campus has a wide range of undergraduate certificate programs to help students reach their educational goals.

Student Experience

World Campus students are supported by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff who understand the complexities of balancing work and life while learning online. To help students complete their work when it is most convenient for them, the technical support and academic advising staff members are available through extended work hours. And they are easy to access by email, phone, and instant messaging.

Students at Penn State World Campus have a variety of other services available to them, such as online resources including advising, tutoring, exam proctoring, and career counseling; use of the University Libraries system, the 8th largest research library in North America, with a collection of more than 662 online research databases, 386,000 e-books, 105,000 scholarly journals, and 7.3 million print materials available for check-out; and links to communities and special services for military members and veterans, international students, alumni, corporate education, students with disabilities, and those transferring from other universities and colleges.

Financing and Tuition

World Campus tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program chosen and the number of credits for which a student registers. In addition to the cost-per-credit, students are responsible for the information technology fee each semester of enrollment, as well as indirect costs such as books, DVDs, and other course materials.

Tuition is due when students register for classes, typically a month before the semester begins. However, a deferred payment plan is available for some programs. Penn State World Campus also provides other options for tuition payment such as third-party payments, tuition assistance for unemployed members of the workforce, and several military payment options.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, Postbachelor&Apos;S, And First Professional Certificates
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciencesagribusiness; Agricultural Business And Management Related; Agricultural Mechanization; Agriculture; Animal Sciences; Food Science; Horticultural Science; Landscaping And Groundskeeping; Plant Protection And Integrated Pest Management; Turf And Turfgrass Managementarchitecture And Related Servicesarchitecture; Landscape Architecturearea, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studiesafrican American/Black Studies; Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; Women&Apos;S Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiochemistry; Biological And Biomedical Sciences Related; Biology/Biological Sciences; Medical Microbiology And Bacteriology; Toxicologybusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business, Management, And Marketing Related; Business/Commerce; Finance; Hospitality Administration Related; Labor And Industrial Relations; Management Information Systems; Marketing/Marketing Management; Organizational Behaviorcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsadvertising; Communication And Journalism Related; Journalism; Speech Communication And Rhetoriccomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences; Information Science/Studieseducationadult And Continuing Education Administration; Agricultural Teacher Education; Art Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; Educational Assessment, Evaluation, And Research Related; Elementary Education; Foreign Language Teacher Education; Music Teacher Education; Secondary Education; Special Educationengineeringaerospace, Aeronautical And Astronautical/Space Engineering; Agricultural Engineering; Architectural Engineering; Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical And Electronics Engineering; Engineering Related; Engineering Science; Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mining And Mineral Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Petroleum Engineeringenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Scienceshuman Development And Family Studies; Human Nutritionforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticschinese; Classics And Classical Languages; Comparative Literature; French; German; Italian; Japanese; Russian; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsathletic Training; Communication Sciences And Disorders; Health/Health-Care Administration; Pre-Medical Studies; Pre-Veterinary Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Rehabilitation And Therapeutic Professions Relatedhistoryhistoryhomeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Servicescriminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Forensic Science And Technology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Protective Services Relatedliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesliberal Arts And Sciences/Liberal Studiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematics; Statisticsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiological And Physical Sciences; Medieval And Renaissance Studies; Science, Technology And Societynatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Studies; Forest Sciences And Biology; Forest Technology; Natural Resources And Conservation Related; Natural Resources/Conservationparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studieskinesiology And Exercise Science; Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Managementphilosophy And Religious Studiesjewish/Judaic Studies; Philosophyphysical Sciencesastronomy; Atmospheric Sciences And Meteorology; Chemistry; Geological And Earth Sciences/Geosciences Related; Geology/Earth Science; Materials Science; Physicspsychologypsychologyscience Technologies/Techniciansbiology/Biotechnology Laboratory Techniciansocial Sciencesanthropology; Archeology; Economics; Geography; International Relations And Affairs; Political Science And Government; Sociologyvisual And Performing Artsacting; Art; Art History, Criticism And Conservation; Design And Applied Arts Related; Film/Cinema/Video Studies; Graphic Design; Music; Music Performance; Theater Design And Technology; Visual And Performing Arts


Admission: 47,552 applied; 25,772 admitted; 7,649 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.59

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred entrance
Application fee: $50
Required: high school transcript
Required for some: interview
Recommended: essay or personal statement
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
39,192 Undergraduate Students, 46% Women, 54% Men, 1% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
4% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 5% Hispanic/Latino, 0.1% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.1% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
8% Representing 98 Other Countries
Housing Info
36% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required For Freshman Year
Coed, Men-Only, Women-Only, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio And Television Station, Choral Group, Marching Band, National Fraternities, National Sororities
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Women&Apos;S Center
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, External Degree Program, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (B), Navy (B), Air Force (B)Unusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Engineering; Geoscienceschool Calendar: Semesters


Member:NCAA, Uscaadivision:All Division Iexcept:Football (Division I-A)


Total: 2,910Full-Time: 87% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 17 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:state resident $16,090 full-time, $670 per credit part-time; nonresident $28,664 full-time, $1194 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, degree level, location, program, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, and student level
Required fees:$902 full-time
Room and board:$10,090; room only: $5190. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2012,24,448 applied for aid, 19,410 were judged to have need, 1,456 had their need fully met. 917 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $1929)
In 2012,3117 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:60%
Average financial aid package:$10,723
Average need-based loan:$4703
Average need-based gift aid:$6729
Average non-need-based aid:$3290
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$35,640




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