The application for the 2024 undergraduate class went live on August 1. Admissions decisions were sent in December to nearly 50,000 applicants who had applied prior to the November 1 deadline for filing for Early Action. More than 20,000 additional applications were received prior to the end of November for a January 31 decision. As of January 16, a total of almost 84,000 baccalaureate applications were filed, down 2.7% from this time in 2019, but up 42% from 2018, the last year before introduction of the Common Application. Offers of admission were made earlier this year to facilitate earlier awarding of student aid. All admitted students have until May 1 to accept their offers.
African American applications are up 1.5%, while Hispanic/Latino applications are down 1.6%. International applications are down 16%. However, owing to the earlier decisions, offers of admission made thus far for summer/fall 2020 are ahead of last year by 50%. (Offers to prospective African American students are up 41%, Hispanic students are up 35%, and International students are up 310%. Paid Accepts number 3,816 and are up 31% compared to this time last year.
Penn State’s overall enrollment remains strong, driven in part by growing graduate student enrollments and a 21% year-over-year increase in the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in Penn State’s entering undergraduate class. The incoming baccalaureate class increased in size by 1.8% University-wide over the previous year’s class. Across the institution, total 2019 enrollment at all levels was relatively stable at 96,408, down 0.7% from last year.
Penn State has named alumnus and longtime volunteer and philanthropist Louis A. Martarano as its 2019 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.
Penn State opened a new 6,300-square-foot Student Veteran Center in the Ritenour Building at University Park. The Center will also be a resource for veterans on Commonwealth Campuses and the World Campus.
A $5M gift from alumni Steve and Marcy Tarriff will create the Tarriff Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Smeal College of Business. This landmark commitment will create new opportunities for how we support business ethics and responsibility.
B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education and African American studies and interim director of Penn State’s School of Visual Arts, has been appointed to the position of dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, following a national search. Carpenter will start in his new role effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Research and Awards
Penn State’s programs in architecture and landscape architecture made significant jumps in the 2019-20 DesignIntelligence Architecture and Design School rankings, with the bachelor of landscape architecture program ranking No. 1 and the bachelor of architecture program jumping up six spots to No. 13 in the nation.
Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of chemistry, has been honored with a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Packard Foundation established the fellowships program in 1988 to support the research of "the nation's most innovative early-career scientists.”
After being closed to the public for more than six years, the Frost Entomological Museum has reopened with new exhibits, storage facilities, and research capacity.
Department of Mechanical Engineering researchers were awarded more than $3.3M to support advancements in the performance and efficiency of combustion turbines and turbine-based power cycles in fossil fuel power generation. The U.S. Department of Energy has funded these projects through the University Turbine Systems Research program, which aims to lessen the environmental concerns associated with fossil fuels by developing revolutionary, near-zero-emission advanced turbine technologies.
Xin Ning, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, is applying the ancient folding art of origami to reconfigurable, multifunctional materials that could be used to build structures in harsh environments, such as outer space. His work was recently recognized by the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
A $2.4M grant from the Pennsylvania Commission On Crime And Delinquency will expand the efforts of Penn State’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center to provide expert consultation and training to nurses who provide care to sexual assault victims. This funding aims to improve the quality of care and to ensure the SAFE-T Center model is available wherever there is need.
Christina Snyder, McCabe Greer Professor of History, has won the coveted American Historical Association’s John H. Dunning Prize for her book “Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers and Slaves in the Age of Jackson.” The book has already garnered awards from the Society of American Historians and the History of Education Society.
Researchers in the Colleges of Nursing and Health and Human Development have received five years of funding from the National Institutes of Health to launch a program positioned to address the health disparities experienced by underrepresented populations and the lower numbers of racial and ethnic minorities earning advanced degrees.
Penn State student-athletes deliver an all-time record 91% graduation rate compared to the 88% average for Division I institutions for students entering from 2009-10 through the 2012-13 academic year.