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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington

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Pennsylvania State Abington (Abington) is a branch campus of the Pennsylvania State University System. The campus is located in Abington, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia and just off highway 611. It offers more than 15 baccalaureate degrees and 2 associate degree programs. Abington also serves as a starting point for students hoping to complete their education at University Park or one of the other Penn State locations. It offers a number of two-year programs that let these students adequately prepare for transfer to another of the system’s campuses. Approximately half of Abington’s students stay on its campus for all four years of their degree; many of the rest transfer to another Penn State location to complete their major requirements.


Abington offers 17 undergraduate degrees, 2 associate degrees, and a variety of minors and certificate programs that help students fine tune and specialize their academic pathways. The majors offered through a 4-year program at Abington include topics in biology, business, nursing, arts and sciences, history, education, and social sciences. Students can also choose from a number of minors they can add to their diploma to round out a standard degree or further specialize in a particular field.

2+2 Program

The 2+2 program is a method by which students can take the first two years of their degree at Abington and finish their studies at another Penn State location, usually University Park. This opens up a vast range of options for students, since almost any Penn State major can be started at Abington. For students who feel limited by the major selection at Abington, a 2+2 program is a good choice for studying a topic of interest and earning a Penn STate diploma.

Associate Degrees

Students who want to expand their knowledge but are not ready or able to commit to a four-year program may be interested in Abington’s two associate degree programs. Abington offers associates degree in business administration and letters, arts and sciences. Each of these programs can be taken on a flexible schedule, with classes during either the day or the evening.

Honors Programs

Abington offers three honors program for various types and years of students. The Abington Honors Program is designed for first-year students who are invited to join based on their high school achievements. It offers a challenging environment with special privileges, and students are able to enroll in honors courses and participate in research, leadership, and international study. This program is completed at the end of sophomore year.

Abington Scholars are students who have successfully completed the Abington Honors Program and decided to stay at Abington for all four years. These students maintain their honors status, are eligible for scholarships, and enjoy special privileges.

The Schreyer Honors College is open to the whole university, and it enrolls students who demonstrate academic excellence and ability. Schreyer scholars on all campuses are encouraged to participate in honors coursework, an undergraduate thesis, research, and international study.

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Prospective students apply for Abington through the Penn State Admissions system. The application must be completed online on the website “MyPennState.” One portion of the application must be printed and given to the student’s high school guidance counselor, who will finish submitting the form and send official high school transcripts to the relevant office at Penn State. Students can check their application status online at any time.

Prospective applicants may want to participate in a campus tour or open house or contact the Office of Admissions with any questions or concerns.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This important document will determine eligibility for federal aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs. The FAFSA is also often required as a supplementary material for many third-party applications for scholarships and loans.

There are many additional sources of funding for students seeking merit-based, department-based, or interest-based help. The Office of Financial Aid will help students seek out and apply for various sponsored scholarships and grants.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4117th for the average student loan amount.
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Abington has a thriving student life with dozens of student clubs and organizations. From the Anime Club to the Creative Writing Club to choir organizations and pre-professional societies, students are sure to find a group that meets their interests. There is an interactive student activities website that keeps members updated with the most recent information. The Student Government Association also sponsors activities and events throughout the year for the whole campus community.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Abington is an NCAA institution in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Students can compete in a number of men’s and women’s varsity sports, including soccer, tennis, cross country, basketball, golf, and more. Students can also join club sports or intramural teams for a low-pressure, high-fun approach to athletic participation.


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Ranks 103rd in Pennsylvania and 1158th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Abington, PA 19001-3918
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,309 (17,309 urban / N/A rural)
Households6,346 (2.69 people per house)
Median Household Income$57,284
Families4,629 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPostbaccalaureate certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4213

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1758th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $12,706 $12,706 $19,382
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $902 $902 $902
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $518 $518 $808
FT Graduate Tuition $18,270 $18,270 $23,858
FT Graduate Required Fees $902 $902 $902
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $761 $761 $994
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,304 $15,304 $21,980
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,208 $30,208 $36,884
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,408 $19,408 $26,084

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,102 $13,356 $13,102 $13,356 $19,542 $19,912
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,536 $1,568
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,432 $9,702
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,050 $4,140
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,906 $4,104

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,221 (1,587 male / 1,634 female)
Admitted 2,504 (1,215 male / 1,289 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 691 (362 male / 329 female)
FT Enrollment 685 (357 male / 328 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (5 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment3,694

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Division FBS Independents
NCAA Baseball Conference Division FBS Independents
NCAA Track & Field Conference Division FBS Independents

ACT Test Admission

972nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 5%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

SAT Test Admission

1029th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 1060

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 77 38 48 1 380 39 599
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 2 3
Biological and Physical Sciences 5 3 12 23 4 48
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 2 7 12
Business/Commerce, General 2 12 7 17 52 4 94
Business/Corporate Communications 5 7 2 28 4 47
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 6 5 1 37 6 56
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 4 1 21 26
Foreign Language Teacher Education 16 2 23 2 47
History, General 1 25 1 27
Information Science/Studies 1 2 2 10 16 32
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 5 1 1 30 3 41
Management Science 1 1 1 7 5 15
Organizational Behavior Studies 2 3 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 4 38 7 51
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Social Psychology 15 5 1 59 3 84
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 7 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1380th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,415 ($70,158 male / $63,468 female)
Number of FT Faculty 111 (53 male / 58 female)
Number of PT Faculty 259
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $1,959,437

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