As of February 17, nearly 75,000 undergraduate applications have been received for 2018, including 64,500 baccalaureate applications for the incoming summer/fall 2018 class. University Park applications are down 2.4%, and Commonwealth Campus applications are up 1.9%. While PA applications are down by 7.0%, out-of-state applications are up by 6.1%. International applications are down by 7.7% compared to last year at this time, but up by 1.3% compared to 2016.
To date, 2,200 acceptances of admissions offers have been received for the Commonwealth Campuses and 2,400 for University Park. In total, these represent about 30% of the anticipated entering first-year class for summer/fall 2018.
THON 2018 has raised more than $10.1 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital. This brings the total to fight pediatric cancer to nearly $160 million. The Thon livestream had nearly 160,000 views from around the world, including people in Spain, UK, India, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic and Australia.
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. These grants are designed to bolster entrepreneurship and economic development in communities surrounding Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth. There are now 21 hubs for innovation spread across Pennsylvania.
The United Nations invited Penn State to lead a global network to advance building science, construction processes and building management. The network aims to create an international framework that will make buildings more sustainable, more efficient and healthier to live and work in. The Institutes of Energy and the Environment will be one of the lead institutes for the Global Building Network.
A $1 million investment by PNC Bank will support Happy Valley LaunchBox, and in recognition of the support, the center will be renamed Happy Valley LaunchBox, Powered by PNC Bank.
Military Times and U.S. Veterans Magazine have once again recognized World Campus as a top online school for military and veteran students. More than 3,400 active duty and veteran students are enrolled in World Campus programs.
Penn State brought together almost 200 researchers, practicioners and educators for a summit to address the opioid epidemic. The goal was to develop an interdisciplinary and translational agenda aimed at addressing the alarming problem in PA and beyond.
Research and Awards
Dickinson Law was named a best school for public service and a top school for both trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution in the winter 2018 issue of preLaw Magazine.
Three faculty members from the Eberly College of Science have been honored with Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships, prestigious and competitive awards given to promising young researchers in the early stages of their careers, in recognition of their research accomplishments. The new Sloan Fellows are: Cui-Zu Chang, assistant professor of physics; Rebekah Dawson, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics; and Xin Zhang, holder of the Paul Berg Early Career Professorship.
Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center, received the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Engagement with Science Award.
Students at Penn State Behrend now have access to Moldex3D, an industry-leading plastics flow simulation program, thanks to a new software gift valued at $1.2 million. The software was donated by Moldex3D, in part because of the reputation of the plastics engineering technology program, one of only six accredited programs in the United States.
Penn State is investing $2 million in projects that supports Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and its thematic priorities. Twelve seed grants have been awarded to pilot programs that range from the collection, security and management of big health data; to the global development of energy-efficient buildings; to nurturing employment pathways and expanding sustainable and socially responsible food production in Pennsylvania.
Funded by a Penn State seed grant, a new research collaboratory aims to harness the power of data to improve health. In the project, collaborators aim to establish a secure infrastructure for studying health conditions through shared data. Ultimately, a piece of software could be used to analyze disparate data sets, and researchers could use computation and data to better understand why different health problems occur in different demographics.
Penn State is the nation’s only college or university to have two facilities ranked among North America’s top 100 stadium experiences for 2017. Stadium Journey ranked Penn State’s iconic Beaver Stadium (No. 23) and Pegula Ice Arena (No. 71).
It was a highly successful 2017 for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, extending to Penn State Sports Properties, which has been awarded Learfield’s National Property of the Year for the second consecutive year. Penn State Sports Properties was selected as the winner in the largest category based on annual sponsorship revenue dollars.
Penn State student-athletes continued to raise the bar during the 2017 fall semester, shattering overall and fall academic records. A school record 26 teams delivered a combined 3.0 grade-point average during the fall semester, accounting for 520 student athletes and 84 percent of the Nittany Lions’ 31 varsity programs.
With a perfect 14-0 dual season, Penn State Wrestling finished its regular season as the unanimous No. 1 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Team Poll.