As of February 20, nearly 76,000 applications have been received for the 2016 entering first-year undergraduate class. Baccalaureate applications stand at 64,025, down 2% compared to the same date last year, but up by 1,300 compared to 2014. The quality of the applicant pool is equivalent to last year.
Admissions offers are up by 200 over last year at this time, and the yield rate is comparable to last year with 5,241 students having paid their deposits to date.
Schreyer Honors College received 3,966 applications, a 6.5% increase over last year's high.
The highly successful Provost Award scholarship program is entering its fourth year. Consistent with prior years, the yield on scholarship offers for the 2014-15 program was 17% for the Commonwealth Campuses and 22% for University Park, compared to historical yields of 13% and 14%, respectively, for comparable student prospects.
For the third straight year, Penn State has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
Penn State was ranked the best campus in the Big Ten according to Business Insider's top 20 list for 2015.
Penn State has been ranked No. 1 for the best online bachelor's degree programs by U.S. News and World Report for the second year in a row. Online graduate programs in business, computer information technology, education and engineering also ranked in the top 10 for the second straight year.
College of Medicine's Jennifer Kraschnewski, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, has received $2.2 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to participate in a new diabetes research network and study obesity counseling.
The Handbook of Jewish Languages, co-edited by Aaron Rubin, the Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of Jewish Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Linguistics, is the first published reference on ancient and modern Jewish languages.
Dashun Wang, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, has been awarded a Young Investigator Research Program grant through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Using the massive amounts of data that scientific studies produce, his research is asking what a deep knowledge of data can tell us about the business of science.
Penn State Hershey is only the second institution in the nation to use a new robotic surgical device approved by the FDA in October for head and neck surgery.
Honors and Awards
Ramya Gurunathan, a senior in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been selected to receive a prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a highly sought-after program that allows American college students to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.
Peggy Johnson, professor of civil engineering, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award offered by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Yash Thakur, an electrical engineering doctoral student, is one of only three recipients in the world to be honored with a fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Dietlectrics and Electrical Insulation Society.
Allison Cleary, an MD/PhD student at the College of Medicine, has been named the 2015 Science & SciLifeLab Prize grand prize winner.
The prestigious Bruno Rossi Prize has been awarded this year to W. Niel Brandt, the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. This is the top award given each year by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show awarded scholarships to 18 Penn State students at its 100th annual expo in Harrisburg.
Sue Haug, director of the School of Music, was elected president of the National Association of Schools of Music.
For the fourth consecutive year, Penn State student-athletes have broken the school record for academic achievement, with a record 516 Nittany Lions earning at least a 3.0 GPA during the 2015 fall semester.
With the dual season now complete, the Nittany Lion wrestling team scored an undefeated season (no losses and no ties) for the first time since the 1971-72 season. Now, the team shifts focus towards the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City (March 5-6).
Penn State Behrend's swimming and diving teams won the men's and women's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships.
Freshman fencer Karol Metryka took first place in the men's sabre event during the Junior Olympics. Two other Nittany Lions also finished in the top-10 at the tournament.
Forbes selected Athletic Director Sandy Barbour among its Top 25 Most Powerful People in College Sports.
THON 2016 raised $9.8 million for the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital bringing the total raised since 1977 to more than $136 million.
More than 700 cancer survivors joined an enthusiastic crowd for the 10th Annual Pink Zone women's basketball game on January 17th.
Penn State Hershey clinical participants (senior medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students and faculty) spent a month in rural Ghana to support and provide training for Ghanaian clinicians at the Eastern Regional Hospital.