US News: Penn State Has 6th Largest Student Population
Everyone knows Penn State is a massive place with tons of students. What you might not have known is that Penn State is one of only six schools in the United States with a student population of more than 40,000 — and that’s just at University Park.
US News & World Report released its largest student population list last week, which uses 2013 enrollment numbers for the fall semester. Penn State comes in at sixth on that list, just behind Big Ten rival Ohio State. Here’s the breakdown:
|School name (state)||Fall 2013 undergraduate student enrollment||U.S. News rank and category|
|University of Central Florida||51,269||173 (tie), National Universities|
|DeVry University (IL)||48,782||RNP, Regional Universities (Midwest)|
|Liberty University (VA)||47,460||80, Regional Universities (South)|
|Texas A&M University—College Station||44,315||68 (tie), National Universities|
|Ohio State University—Columbus||44,201||54 (tie), National Universities|
|Pennsylvania State University—University Park||40,085||48 (tie), National Universities|
|University of Texas—Austin||39,979||53, National Universities|
|Florida International University||39,045||RNP, National Universities|
|Arizona State University—Tempe||38,735||129 (tie), National Universities|
|Michigan State University||37,988||85 (tie), National Universities|
You will notice that Penn State is the best at balancing its size with its prestige — it is the highest ranked university among the top-10 largest populations US News & World Report’s national university rankings, a full five slots higher than the University of Texas, the seventh largest school in the country. When you factor in Penn State’s 81,823 undergraduate students university wide, it likely performs even better on this list.
As Graham Spanier used to say, “Here at Penn State, we are always thinking big.”