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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Dubois

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Founded in 1935, Penn State Dubois is a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University and is located in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Penn State Dubois students can choose from three bachelor’s degree programs and eleven associate’s degree programs, in addition to a number of continuing education programs. There is one master’s degree program that is delivered through the college’s Continuing Education division. Students can also complete the first two years of an additional 160 majors at Dubois, and transfer to Penn State’s main campus to complete their degrees. Penn State DuBois offers flexible class schedules that include a full daytime schedule, extended evening hours, and Saturday classes. There are also business, industry, and service programs that are for credit and noncredit. The campus features state-of-the-art computer labs and learning studios, and recently added a high-tech IST (Information Systems Technology) Lab.

Academic support services include an Advising Center and a Learning Center, which offers free professional and peer tutoring in a number of subjects. Students have opportunities to participate in faculty research projects. There is also a special Honors Program, through which students can enjoy special extracurricular activities, such as a fall overnight trip to a different American city and a spring-break trip out of the country. The DuBois Campus usually offers six to eight honors courses each semester, including some specialized courses. The college offers small class sizes; the average class size is 24. Sixty-five percent of the faculty members at this school hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their discipline.

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Students who wish to apply to Penn State Dubois, must create and set up a MyPennState profile, and complete the online application form, which includes a mandatory personal statement. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Each applicant must also submit an official SAT or ACT score report, a counselor form, an official high school transcript or GED score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (where applicable). Letters of recommendation and SAT II score reports are not required. Certain programs also have additional requirements. The deadline for fall admission is usually in late November. Prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. Students who have submitted all of the required application materials should check their MyPennState profiles for the status of their applications. They will also receive their admission decisions through MyPennState.

Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website.

Financial Aid

The majority of the students at Penn State Dubois receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. More than 85 percent of students who applied for financial aid were awarded need-based financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students at Penn State Dubois include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. In just one year, more than $230,000 is awarded in campus scholarships.

All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority deadline date for completing the FAFSA application is sometime in February. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students who wish to be considered for the college’s in-state tuition rates, they may have to furnish additional documentation to establish their residency. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Penn State also offers payment plans to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Penn State Dubois has a very diverse student body; approximately one-third of the students are adult learners. About 10% of the college’s students live on campus in one of the college’s residence halls with traditional and suite-style residences and about 95% of the students live within 60 miles from the college. There is housing for male and female students, and designated housing for first year students.

There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are more than 20 diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular organizations include the Agriculture Club, Christian Student Fellowship, the Engineering Club, the Lion Ambassadors, the Service Above Self Club, student govenment, the Thespian Society, the World Cultures Club, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), and the Earth Science Club. There are also interesting recreational and cultural events held on campus throughout the year. Performing arts events are free and open to all of the college’s students.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Penn State DuBois is a member of the Penn State University Athletic Conference, and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Known as the Nittany Lions, the college’s athletic teams proudly wear the school’s colors of navy blue and white. Men’s varsity sports include basketball, cross country, and wrestling. Women’s varsity sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. Students can also choose to participate in the school’s intramural and recreational sports programs. Intramural sports offered include flag football, outdoor soccer, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, bowling, running, kickball, and whiffle ball. There is also a poker league.

Penn State Dubois has a multi-function gymnasium with a regulation basketball court, half size basketball courts, and set ups for volleyball, soccer, badminton, and floor hockey. Students also have ready access to aerobic and weight equipment.


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Information Summary

Ranks 55th in Pennsylvania and 681st 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 N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 23 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 58 0.74
Larceny 220 2.81
Vehicle theft 8 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near DuBois, PA 15801-2549
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population20,609 (15,171 urban / 5,438 rural)
Households8,351 (2.39 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,802
Families5,672 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4205

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1781st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $12,568 $12,568 $19,174
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $786 $786 $786
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $513 $513 $799
FT Graduate Tuition $18,270 $18,270 $23,600
FT Graduate Required Fees $786 $786 $786
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $761 $761 $983
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,050 $15,050 $21,656
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,954 $29,954 $36,560
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,154 $19,154 $25,760

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,994 $13,244 $12,994 $13,244 $19,434 $19,800
  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 439 (216 male / 223 female)
Admitted 386 (194 male / 192 female)
Admission rate 88%
First-time Enrollment 183 (90 male / 93 female)
FT Enrollment 173 (87 male / 86 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (3 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment704

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 NSCAA

ACT Test Admission

1223rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 1%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 22

SAT Test Admission

987th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 1070

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 2 1 1 118 5 128
Business Administration and Management, General 10 1 12
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1
Business/Commerce, General 6 6
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1
Engineering, Other 1 1
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 3 5
Human Development and Family Studies, General 18 18
Information Science/Studies 9 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 12 1 14
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 10 10
Metallurgical Technology/Technician 1 1
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 1 20 22
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 10 10
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 2 3
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 15 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1457th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,443 ($73,377 male / $57,347 female)
Number of FT Faculty 47 (20 male / 27 female)
Number of PT Faculty 64
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $856,233

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