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Once a month we introduce a school to you that you may have never considered applying to simply because it didn’t cross your mind or you didn’t even know it existed.  Well this month, we have a school that you probably have heard of and maybe even considered it.


If this is your first time reading our SOTM blog, you can check out January and February’s wonderful institutions here.  Both of which were highly ranked by U.S. News on the list of the nation’s Up and Coming Universities.


This time we are going to explore an institution that makes the top of another list and tell you why it is our school of the month for March!


Pennsylvania State University – University Park


Quick Facts

Founded: 1855

Campus setting: City

Student Enrollment: 46,184

Tuition, fees, room & board, additional: $34,598 (in-state) $47,548 (out-of-state)

Admissions deadline: Rolling admission (Recommended: Apply as early as possible)

Incoming Freshmen: Average GPA – 3.55 Average SAT score – 1750 (3 part)

School Mission: Penn State is a multi-campus public research university that educates students from Pennsylvania, the nation and the world, and improves the well being and health of individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service.


Check out this quick promo video from Penn State – University Park:



 What Makes this School Great


Pennsylvania State University UP is the highest ranking school on U.S. News 2015 “A+ Schools for B+ Students” list. Schools on this list have strong ratings in the U.S. News “Best College” rankings but they accept a significant number of students with less than stellar test scores and a so-so grade point average.  Penn State UP also does not have a minimum GPA or test score requirement for admission, using a combination of the two measurements along with consideration from supplemental materials like personal statements and student resumés.


Bust a move! Penn State is the home of the largest student run philanthropy in the world.  The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.  The organization wraps up its year long efforts with a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon on campus that just last month raised over $13 million.


One thing that stands out when exploring the school’s website is the sheer volume of information you can get first hand from students who are currently attending and staff that are just down right helpful.  One of those helpful resources is the Penn State Lion Life blog series that shares stories of student adventures and provides useful tips for dressing warm on a crisp Happy Valley day.


For more information on this school, visit Penn State Admissions.


Sources: Pennsylvania State University; U.S. News;

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