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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is college with 889 students located in Center Valley, PA.

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Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science

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It continues to be my privilege to serve as the Chancellor of such a vibrant campus steeped in educational history. As the oldest, continuously running campus in the Penn State system outside of University Park, we have continued to respond to the needs of our students and our community by providing an education that emphasizes learning, leading, and living.

Learning opportunities abound within the Penn State system. Whether you choose to complete your degree at Penn State Lehigh Valley, another community campus, or at theUniversity Park campus, the choice remains yours. Over 200 Penn State majors can have their beginnings at our campus and five baccalaureate degrees (Business, Information, Science, Technology, Applied Psychology, Elementary Education, and Organizational Leadership) can be completed. National and international travel and research can also become a part of the Lehigh Valley campus students' curriculum either through our Honors program or various courses and curricula. Whatever is best for you, our faculty and staff will facilitate your success.

Leadership training is a part of all of our curricula and activities at Penn State Lehigh Valley. Our Emerging Leaders program with regional school districts enables high school juniors the opportunity to begin Penn State leadership development in their junior year. Over the past few years, this program has enabled students to "jump-start" their college career with a leadership flavor. On the Lehigh Valley campus, our students learn to be leaders not only through their coursework but also by assuming leadership positions on the campus and throughout the University by their involvement in the many clubs and Student Government opportunities. Last year, a large contingent of Penn State Lehigh Valley students lobbied legislators in Harrisburg concerning issues that face all college students in today's world.

Living in the Lehigh Valley is a source of great pride for many of the students that attend the Lehigh Valley campus. Community involvement and a service learning approach are integral components of many of the activities and classes in our curriculum. Last year, our students raised over $10,000 for THON, a student-run philanthropy for kids with cancer. In the past few years, it has been a Penn State Lehigh Valley student who has risen above the other 83,000 to be recognized in the University with community service awards and scholarships. Penn State Lehigh Valley students invest in their community and truly believe in the Penn State philosophy of making life better as they learn.

We are truly proud to be members of the Penn State Lehigh Valley family. A recent survey of our students indicated that 98 percent would recommend the Lehigh Valley campus to their friends. An equal percentage said that if they had the opportunity to make that decision in the future --- they would, once again, choose to start at Penn State Lehigh Valley. We would invite you to do the same because, at Penn State Lehigh Valley, we don't want our students to achieve good grades --- we want them to achieve great lives.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 889
Gender 57% Male / 43% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 81% Full Time / 19% Part Time
Geography 96% In State / 4% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 41% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

Student Publications: State of the Valley

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Drama/Theater

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, dorms, student center computer repair service available on campus student web hosting available wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling economically disadvantaged students services employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services minority students services personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs veteran's counselor
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility comprehensive services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for hearing impaired services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): accelerated program cross-registration dual enrollment of high school students honors program independent study internships cooperative education liberal arts/career combination teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Business Administration and Management (34%), Psychology (28%), Elementary Education and Teaching (20%), Information Science/Studies (7%), Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (4%), Business/Commerce (2%)

Majors Offered

Associates

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Associates

A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

Job Opportunities:

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the theory, organization, and process of information collection, transmission, and utilization in traditional and electronic forms. Includes instruction in information classification and organization; information storage and processing; transmission, transfer, and signaling; communications and networking; systems planning and design; human interfacing and use analysis; database development; information policy analysis; and related aspects of hardware, software, economics, social factors, and capacity.

Job Opportunities:

Computer and Information Systems Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Software Developers, Systems Software
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.
Computer Occupations, All Other
All computer occupations not listed separately.
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in computer science. May specialize in a field of computer science, such as the design and function of computers or operations and research analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Psychologists, All Other
All psychologists not listed separately.
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

Chancellor Ann M. Williams
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 43
Student : Faculty Ratio 14 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 37 : 62
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 37
Tenure Track Faculty 6
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 55

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 ArtH 100 3.0
AP Biology 4.0 Bio 011, 012 4.0
AP Biology 5.0 Bio 110 4.0
AP Calculus AB 4.0 Math 140 4.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 Math 140 4.0
AP Calculus BC 4.0 Math 140, 141 8.0
AP Chemistry 4.0 Chem 110, 111 4.0
AP Chemistry 5.0 Chem 110, 111, 112, 113 8.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 Chinese 001, 002 8.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 4.0 Chinese 001, 002, 003 12.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 4.0 PSci 003 3.0
AP Computer Science A 5.0 CSE XXX 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 Eng 001 3.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 Earth 100 3.0
AP European History 4.0 Hist 002 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 Fr 001, 002, 003 12.0
AP French Language and Culture 4.0 Fr 001, 002, 003, 201 15.0
AP French Language and Culture 5.0 Fr 001, 002, 003, 201, 202 18.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 Ger 001, 002, 003 12.0
AP German Language and Culture 4.0 Ger 001, 002, 003, 201 16.0
AP German Language and Culture 5.0 Ger 001, 002, 003, 201, 301 19.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 Geog 020 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 Italian 001, 002 8.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 4.0 Italian 001, 002, 003 12.0
AP Latin 3.0 LATIN 001 4.0
AP Latin 4.0 LATIN 001,002,003 12.0
AP Macroeconomics 4.0 Econ 104 3.0
AP Microeconomics 4.0 Econ 102 3.0
AP Music Theory 3.0 Mus 008 3.0
AP Physics B 4.0 Phys 250, 251 8.0
AP Psychology 5.0 Psych 100 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 Span 001, 002, 003 12.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 4.0 Span 001, 002, 003 and 100 15.0
AP Statistics 3.0 Stat 100 3.0
AP Statistics 4.0 Stat 200 4.0
AP United States Government and Politics 4.0 PSci 001 3.0
AP United States History 4.0 Hist 020, 021 6.0
AP World History 4.0 Hist 011 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 44/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 85.5% accepted of 909 applications

68% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
35% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
12% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 28
English18 - 26
Math18 - 26
Writing6 - 8
 
SATMath450 - 570
Reading430 - 550
Writing420 - 530

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Standardized Test Scores, Academic GPA

Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Work Experience, Recommendations, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 4 0
Math 3 0
Science 3 0
Social Studies 3 0
Foreign Language 2 0

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $12,539 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $9,559
$30K-$48K $10,268
$48K-$75K $13,813
$75K-$110K $17,333
$110K+ $18,521

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $12,706, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $12,706 Same as On-Campus
Fees $896 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $10,116
Books $1,696 $1,696
Total (before financial aid) $15,298 $25,414

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,382 Same as On-Campus
Fees $896 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $10,116
Books $1,696 $1,696
Total (before financial aid) $21,974 $32,090

Students Receiving Aid

67% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 65% $5,195
Federal Scholarships/Grants 42% $4,709
Institutional Grants 47% $2,278
Other Federal Grants 14% $1,343
Other Loans 7% $8,092
Pell Grants 41% $4,318
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 48% $3,388
Student Loans 65% $6,001

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.psu.edu/studentaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://tuition.psu.edu/costestimate.asp.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

33% of students graduated on time.

54% of students graduated in six years.

81% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

Washington Monthly

#30 Baccalaureate Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#59 Baccalaureate Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#71 Baccalaureate Colleges - ROTC Rank
#98 Baccalaureate Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#100 Baccalaureate Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#158 Baccalaureate Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#205 Baccalaureate Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD rank
#292 Baccalaureate Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#295 Baccalaureate Colleges - Overall Rank
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