As of April 18, 120,637 applications have been received from prospective undergraduate, graduate, law, medical and Penn College students, an increase of 98 over last year. Over 79,000 undergraduate applications have been received for 2018, including nearly 67,000 baccalaureate applications for the incoming summer/fall 2018 class. While PA and International applications are down by 7.0%, out-of-state applications are up by 6%.
To date, 12,096 students have accepted offers of admission, including 5,213 for the Commonwealth Campuses and 6,883 for University Park. Acceptances are on target to meet the enrollment goals for the Summer/Fall entering class. Transfer student acceptances stand at 1,540, up over 11% compared to last year.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State No. 1 in the A+ Schools for B Students.
Bloomberg ranked State College the No. 2 Best Town to be an entrepreneur without all the downsides of Silicon Valley.
Penn State Children’s Hospital has earned special recognition from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for providing excellent surgical care. The hospital is one of eight in the nation—and the only one in Pennsylvania—to be named a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center as part of the ACS’s Children’s Surgery Verification Program.
As part of Invent Penn State, Penn State awarded new seed grants, each valued at $50,000, to four Commonwealth Campuses—Beaver, DuBois, Greater Allegheny and Hazleton. There are now 21 hubs for innovation spread across Pennsylvania.
As part of Penn State’s strategic priorty to enhance health and wellness, the University will move to become tobacco and smoke‐free across all campuses beginning in fall 2018. The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, all nicotine delivery devices and other tobacco products will be prohibited across all University-owned or leased properties, facilities and vehicles.
Penn State leaders applaud the Pennsylvania Senate for passing the Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, critical legislation that will strengthen the state’s anti-hazing provisions in support of student safety and well-being across the Commonwealth. The legislation which passed the Senate by a 49-0 vote, now moves to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for consideration.
The Bryce Jordan Center has been ranked second in the world in concert and event tickets sold among University venues for the first quarter of 2018 according to a ticket analysis report by Pollstar.
Research and Awards
The U.S. Navy has awarded the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State the largest research contract in the University’s history – worth as much as $2.1 billion over 10 years – to conduct research and development to improve U.S. national security.
Highmark Health announced a $25 million grant to support specialized cancer care and innovative research at Penn State Cancer Institute. The grant will provide support for development of new cancer treatment drugs, clinical trials to test promising new therapies and recruitment of leading cancer researchers in key disciplines.
PlantVillage, a mobile app designed by Penn State researchers to help farmers diagnose plant diseases was recognized by Google at their TensorFlow Developer Summit 2018.
Penn State researchers are participating in an international collaboration designed to use remote monitoring and detection hardware to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The work is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Penn State’s Army ROTC program has been selected as a General Douglas MacArthur Award winner for 2017-18, outperforming 41 other programs in the Northeast for the honor.
Science and engineering students Taylor Baum and Rosie Sowers were just awarded Goldwater Scholarships; and science major Rory Bowens earned an honorable mention.
Penn State was included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-18 Fulbright students, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in Penn State's Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The men’s basketball team won the 2018 National Invitation Tournament championship.
The Penn State Nittany Lions rode a superb performance in the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships national finals to claim its seventh NCAA title in the last eight years on a pin from junior Bo Nickal.
The Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the final fall 2017 standings on the strength of five teams qualifying for their respective NCAA championships and the football team winning the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Zain Retherford (wrestling) and Haleigh Washington (women’s volleyball) have been selected as the 2017-18 recipients of the Ernest B. McCoy Award and Megan McCloskey (women’s track and field) is among the University’s John W. Oswald Award recipients.
Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour was named No. 13 in the Forbes listing of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports. She is the only Athletic Director listed, ranking No. 2 overall among women who work full-time in college sports.