The deadline to apply for Early Action – to receive a 2021 admission decision by December 24 – has been moved two weeks later than last year, owing to the challenges of school schedule disruptions and reduced availability of college entrance exams. A prospective student’s complete application and Self-Reported Academic Record must now be received by November 15 to be eligible for Early Action.
Due in part to the later deadline, first-year baccalaureate applications for summer/fall 2021 as of November 7 stand at 36,369, down 28% compared to the same date last year. However, applications started for first-year admission but not yet submitted are up by over 13,000, or 37%, compared to the same date last year.
Additionally, interest in Penn State’s test optional admission program is exceeding expectations, with 50% of applicants applying under the new program. First-year students admitted for 2020 who deferred to spring/summer/fall 2021 number nearly 900, three times higher than the prior year.
Penn State’s enrollment remains strong despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The overall enrollment for fall 2020, excluding the Pennsylvania College of Technology, saw just a 1.8% decline to 89,816 compared to fall 2019. The undergraduate enrollment is down 2.2% at 74,446. First-time baccalaureate students number 15,614, including 8,465 at University Park, 6,799 at the Commonwealth Campuses, and 350 in the World Campus, an overall decrease of 2.3% from 2019. Graduate enrollment increased 0.6% to 14,039.
The Arboretum at Penn State has been recognized as one of three “Great Places in Pennsylvania for 2020” by the state chapter of the American Planning Association for its sustainable vision for the future and service as a model for other communities.
The newly launched website — veterans.psu.edu — is streamlining the way veterans, service members and military dependents access important information and begin their studies at the University. It’s home to information for current and future military-connected students, including resources related to the GI Bill, benefits, policies, veteran programming and services, and more.
Faye A. Chadwell, professor and Donald and Delpha Campbell, University Librarian at Oregon State University, has been named dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, effective March 1, 2021.
Penn State has once again been recognized as one of the Campus Pride "Best of the Best" Top 40 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities for student support and commitment to LGBTQ issues.
Research and Awards
Community entrepreneurs and Penn State student innovators are invited to explore their potential by virtually connecting with collaborators, mentors and leaders during Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, Nov. 16 to 20, with additional events throughout the month.
Jack Carroll, distinguished professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the International Federation of Information Processing. Carroll will be formally inducted into the organization’s second cohort of Fellows in September 2021 at a ceremony at the Maison de l’UNESCO in Paris.
Researchers at Penn State and the University of Cincinnati received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to advance quality control methods for parts produced through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. The grant will support three years of experimental research and model development.
A $960,000, nine-month National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant has been awarded to Penn State researchers to explore faster and more cost-efficient methods of discovering pharmaceuticals using quantum artificial intelligence.
Kate Freeman, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, has been awarded the 2020 Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences. The prize is awarded by Northwestern University and recognizes achievement and work of lasting significance in the field of Earth sciences.
Shaun Gabbidon, distinguished professor of criminal justice in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs has been named one of the most influential criminologists of the last decade by Academic Influence, a team of academics and data scientists who aim to provide an objective ranking of people, places, and institutions. Their ranking system measures the impact of the work produced by the world’s top influencers.
Faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture. This prestigious and highly competitive award recognizes scientists who conduct exemplary research and outreach efforts across multiple states and enhance USDA multistate programs' visibility.
Jon-Paul Maria, professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Ceramic Society.
Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, has been awarded the Elliot W. Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Art Education Association for her distinguished and enduring contributions to art education.
The Smeal College of Business MBA Program has been ranked No. 32 in the Corporate Knights’ 2020 Better World MBA Ranking.The ranking identifies the world’s top 40 MBA programs in sustainability performance.
A Penn State Extension curriculum designed to help youth agriculturists protect water quality by better managing manure recently received a 2020 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
The School of Music received a $2 million endowment to establish the David P. Stone Chair in the School of Music, named for the late Penn State alumnus, philanthropist and music enthusiast who was a fervent supporter of the school for almost 20 years.