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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 rankingsa 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.”

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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