As of May 2, undergraduate applications for 2018 number 79,989 and graduate applications number 22,498. Baccalaureate applications for summer/fall are 66,396, down 1.8% compared to the same date last year. Commonwealth Campus applications are up 0.7% over last year, and University Park applications are down 2.5%. By residency, PA applications are down by 7.4%, out-of-state applications are up by 6%, and international applications are down by 7.5%.
Paid acceptances for University Park stand at 8,569 and, with a typical summer melt, are on course to meet this year’s target. Paid acceptances for the Commonwealth Campuses are 7,358. Overall, the acceptances to date are down 3.7% from last year. Despite the decrease in international applications, international acceptances are up 4.3% compared to last year.
This spring Penn State expects to award approximately 13,822 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,379 baccalaureate, 1,553 master's, 266 law, 223 doctoral, 145 medical and 30 medical/graduate degrees.
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.
Abhay Ashtekar, professor of physics, Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology, Ashlesh Laktakia, Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Lynn Liben, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies, College of the Liberal Arts, were recently named Evan Pugh University Professors, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the University on its faculty.
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.
Robert Johnson, a junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science, earned first place in the television weathercaster category at the annual Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts competition held in April.
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 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.
The men’s basketball team won the 2018 National Invitation Tournament championship.
The Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the Learfield Director’s Cup final winter standings. This is the 13th consecutive year that Penn State Athletics has placed in the Top 5 in the final winter standings.
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.