PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Is A Party School That Pays

We’ve all dealt with the disapproving looks and comments that sometimes accompany any discussion about the infamous “#1 party school” ranking attached to Dear Old State’s reputation. We try to explain that yes, we do party, but we also study and care about academics, too.

Thankfully, salary analysis website has helped our argument by compiling a list of  “party schools” ranked by salary potential. Penn State made the top ten with the eighth-highest median salary among graduates.

Top Party Colleges By Salary Potential
top party colleges

PayScale’s rankings take into account the median salaries for those who graduated with a Bachelors degree and without higher degrees. Starting graduates are considered to have two years of experience, while “mid-career” are considered to have fifteen years of experience. You can read about the full methodology here.

The median starting salary for Penn State graduates is $48,300 and the median mid-career salary is $83,700, according to PayScale’s data. So at least we can call ourselves a “party school that pays”, as the Huffington Post so brilliantly declared the schools on this list.

Penn State was third among Big Ten schools behind Illinois, who took the top spot, and Wisconsin, who came in just ahead at #7. Michigan State was ninth, and Iowa was 13th.

So, Penn Staters, make sure you send this article to all the doubters who think you’re just a Nittany Lion so you can party (even if that’s really the case), and be proud that you’re able to balance business and pleasure with the best!

About the Author

John Tecce

John is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Paternoville Coordination Committee and as a THON Chair for Nittany Nation. He tweets a lot.


More by John

Nine Things You Don’t Know About The Lionettes

You see them break it down at Beaver Stadium or the BJC. You watch their hair flips and line kicks in awe. Now, get to know your Penn State Lionettes as they rapidly approach their biggest (and only) competition of the year.

2012 White Out T-Shirt Design Review

Senioritis: My Five Biggest Regrets (That I’m Willing To Write About)


Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Sauve originally committed to Vermont in 2015, but flipped to Penn State at the eleventh hour and will join the Nittany Lions next season.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Student Life

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Penn State Names Guadagnino Vice President For Administration

Guadagnino will continue to provide legal advice as associate general counsel in addition to his duties as vice president.

As Disciplinary Hearing Opens, Expert Says Baldwin Failed To Properly Represent Ex-Penn State Administrators

A Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board hearing began on Tuesday in Pittsburgh for former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, who is accused of violating rules of professional conduct in her representation of former university administrators during the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend