With admissions season in full swing for Penn State, the university announced that it has broken its record for number of applications. The university totaled a monstrous 130,754 applications, with 87,859 of those applications being for students seeking undergraduate admission.
The record-breaking number of applications to Penn State is a 54 percent increase from 10 years ago, and the undergraduate application record is a 67 percent jump from a decade ago.
Along with applications rising steadily, the university enrollment increased to 97,494, an increase of 1,500 students. This enrollment statistic includes University Park, 22 branch campuses, special missions campuses like the medical school in Hershey and Dickinson School of Law, and students enrolled on the ever-growing Penn State World Campus.
The enrollment of students participating in the popular 2+2 option has remained steady, but did slightly decrease due to the expansion of four-year programs at Penn State campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees.
The university attributes the undergraduate application increase largely to out-of-state students, largely compromised of New York, New Jersey, and the Del-Mar-VA, but an increase in students applying from states as far as Texas, California, and Florida was recognized by the university.
Minority enrollment at all Penn State campuses increased by 24 percent and 19 percent at University Park, according to admissions. Hispanic students have increased by the highest percentage (nine percent), and African-American enrollment has steadily increased each year at around two percent.
The university also released figures on Penn State’s financial aid. According to the university, 75,000 students received $1.2 billion in financial assistance, including 64,134 undergraduate students who accounted for about $1 billion. Graduate students, on the other hand, only received $204 million dollars in financial aid.
The figures presented to the Board of Trustees show not only the growth of the university and its financial assistance abilities, but of the diversity of Penn State across the state and country.