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The oldest of Pennsylvania State University’s commonwealth campuses, Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley has been providing students the opportunity to earn both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees since 1912. With a student body that clocks in just under a thousand, Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley is a great opportunity for those who are seeking more personalized attention as they embark upon their quest for higher learning.

The two-year and the four-year programs at Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley are equally popular, with considerably more students each year opting to go the route of the baccalaureate degrees. The most popular B.A. and B.S. degrees offered are the B.A. in Applied Psychology, the B.S. in Organizational Leadership, the B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology, and the B.S. in Business Administration. As far as associate degrees go, most students tend to go for the A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences or the A.A. in either Business Administration or Information Sciences and Technology.

In addition to the different full-time programs offered at Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley, continuing education is also a popular reason that people from all over the state opt to enroll and continue their education here. With the opportunity to take classes during the evenings and on the weekends, there is even more of an appeal for anyone who is looking to earn a second degree or simply head back to school to sign up for classes. That coupled with a renovated and new campus show that the college is only growing in its popularity and truly understands how to provide what the community needs and wants.

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Students interested in attending Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley should fill out the proper application for admission form, depending on whether or not they intend on pursuing their academics full-time or part-time, and whether their course of study is destined for earning an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. Students should include their official high school diploma and high school transcript, or the GED equivalent. Students who have previously attended college elsewhere should also provide any official college transcript, if applicable. All prospective students interested in attending Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley should take care to include ACT and/or SAT scores if the tests have been taken, and should look to their potential departments to make sure there are no additional requirements to fulfill for admission.

Financial Aid

Most students who attend Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley receive some form of state or federal financial assistance, usually in the form of various loans or grants. To ensure that you are eligible and that you are on time, it is best to fill out and complete the FAFSA form immediately after you decide you are going to attend PSU – Leigh Valley. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the financial aid forms or options, it is best to make an appointment with the college’s office of financial aid, where counselors are available to answer your questions and assist you in your process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4272nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley come from a number of different backgrounds, and most of them are working towards a degree while also working in the real world as well. The student population of less than a thousand means that it is significantly easier to get to know your classmates and to form bonds, even if you might be attending school part-time while a friend is enrolled full-time and keeps a slightly different schedule than you. With a completely new and renovated campus that includes everything from a high-tech library to a state-of-the-art fitness center, students at Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley get to reap the benefits of the school’s latest steps forward in their daily life outside of the classroom, too.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Students attending PSU – Leigh Valley can choose from participating in either the intercollegiate sports, intramural sports, or club sports programs. As with Penn State, the mascot on campus is still the lion. For those who are interested in intramural sports, it is possible to participate in basketball, volleyball, or flag football teams. Both students and faculty play intramural sports, while intercollegiate sports are more the realm of exclusively student athletes. A member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Associate, PSU – Leigh Valley student athletes compete on a national level and are also eligible for school-sponsored student athletics scholarships. The intercollegiate teams at Pennsylvania State University- Penn State Lehigh Valley include gold, tennis, and cross country. Students compete in a conference with other students who are also attending classes on the various different Penn State University campuses.

Club sports are less official than either intercollegiate or intramural teams, but provide a great chance to get to know other students and to work off some steam and have some fun. Some of the club sports teams on campus include the bowling club, the outdoors club, the gold club, the running club, and the ski club.

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Ranks 56th in Pennsylvania and 685th 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

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Center Valley, PA 18034-8447
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population6,282 (5,174 urban / 1,108 rural)
Households1,989 (2.78 people per house)
Median Household Income$63,917
Families1,625 (3.06 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
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 District4215

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1759th 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 $896 $896 $896
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $518 $518 $808
FT Graduate Tuition $18,270 $18,270 $23,858
FT Graduate Required Fees $896 $896 $896
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $761 $761 $994
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,298 $15,298 $21,974
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,202 $30,202 $36,878
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,402 $19,402 $26,078

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,094 $13,350 $13,094 $13,350 $19,534 $19,906
  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 909 (523 male / 386 female)
Admitted 777 (443 male / 334 female)
Admission rate 85%
First-time Enrollment 225 (146 male / 79 female)
FT Enrollment 221 (143 male / 78 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (3 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment925

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

314th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 5%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 28

SAT Test Admission

792nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1120

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1968th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,072 ($65,458 male / $64,725 female)
Number of FT Faculty 43 (16 male / 27 female)
Number of PT Faculty 89
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $590,997

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