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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine is college with 1492 students located in Media, PA.

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

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Penn State University President Eric A. Walker agreed to a request from the Delaware County commissioners to establish a campus of the University in Delaware County in 1966. The county provided 90 acres of land in Middletown Township, about four miles west of Media, the county seat, and gave $1.2 million toward construction of the first building at the campus site. John D. Vairo, an associate professor of journalism at the University, was appointed Campus Director, effective January 1, 1967, and the campus opened in a rented building in Chester in September of that year, admitting 236 students. They were taught by a full-time faculty of 11, and were served by a campus library consisting of about 500 books.

The opening of the campus was not without controversy. Part of the reason the County Commissioners invited Penn State to open a campus was that they preferred a Penn State campus to a community college. Those in favor of a community college continued their efforts, resulting in the establishment of Delaware County Community College, funded not through the county, but by participating school districts. Opening day of the community college, also housed in a temporary facility, coincided with the opening of Penn State Delaware County (now known as Penn State Brandywine) in September 1967.

The campus draws most of its students from Delaware and Chester counties, parts of Montgomery County, and the city of Philadelphia - an area that includes every type of neighborhood represented in the eastern United States. Since its opening, more than 100,000 students have earned a degree or have started their studies in higher education at the campus.

The campus operated in Chester until December, 1970, when it moved into the newly completed Main Building in Middletown Township. A library/learning center was completed in 1979, and a commons/athletic center was opened in 1988. The campus' fourth building, a technology-based classroom building, opened in 1998. It contains state-of-the-art computer and technology classrooms, additional classrooms, seminar rooms, and faculty offices. Other campus facilities include a maintenance building, the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Tennis Center, athletic fields, and parking for approximately 1,000 vehicles.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,492
Gender 57% Male / 43% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 84% Full Time / 16% Part Time
Geography 94% In State / 6% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 38% 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 68%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 13%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

Student Publications: Lion's Eye

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center pre-admission summer program reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, 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 women's services
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major dual enrollment of high school students english as a second language (esl) honors program independent study internships teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Human Development and Family Studies (25%), Speech Communication and Rhetoric (22%), Business Administration and Management (19%), Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (8%), Information Science/Studies (7%), English Language and Literature (4%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of the United States and its Pre-Columbian and colonial predecessors, and including the flow of immigrants from other societies.

Job Opportunities:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

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.

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.

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 basic human developmental and behavioral characteristics of the individual within the context of the family. Includes instruction in the conditions that influence human growth and development; strategies that promote growth and development across the life span; and the study of family systems.

Job Opportunities:

Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in childcare, family relations, finance, nutrition, and related subjects pertaining to home management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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.

A program that focuses on the scientific, humanistic, and critical study of human communication in a variety of formats, media, and contexts. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of interpersonal, group, organizational, professional, and intercultural communication; speaking and listening; verbal and nonverbal interaction; rhetorical theory and criticism; performance studies; argumentation and persuasion; technologically mediated communication; popular culture; and various contextual applications.

Job Opportunities:

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Radio and Television Announcers
Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.
Public Address System and Other Announcers
Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.
Public Relations Specialists
Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.
Writers and Authors
Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Associates

A general program that focuses on basic human developmental and behavioral characteristics of the individual within the context of the family. Includes instruction in the conditions that influence human growth and development; strategies that promote growth and development across the life span; and the study of family systems.

Job Opportunities:

Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in childcare, family relations, finance, nutrition, and related subjects pertaining to home management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

Chancellor Sophia T. Wisniewska
Chancellor (Interim) George W. Franz
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 64
Student : Faculty Ratio 16 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 39 : 60
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 42
Tenure Track Faculty 18
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 39

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 15.0
AP French Language and Culture 4.0 Fr 001, 002, 003, 201 16.0
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 Psyc 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: 79.0% accepted of 1,279 applications

59% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
24% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
6% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite17 - 23
English15 - 23
Math17 - 23
Writing6 - 8
 
SATMath440 - 560
Reading420 - 520
Writing410 - 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

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $13,363 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $9,539
$30K-$48K $10,188
$48K-$75K $13,411
$75K-$110K $16,825
$110K+ $18,014

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 $902 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $10,116
Books $1,696 $1,696
Total (before financial aid) $15,304 $25,420

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,382 Same as On-Campus
Fees $902 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $10,116
Books $1,696 $1,696
Total (before financial aid) $21,980 $32,096

Students Receiving Aid

77% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 67% $5,189
Federal Scholarships/Grants 39% $4,439
Institutional Grants 61% $2,621
Other Federal Grants 10% $1,481
Other Loans 5% $8,960
Pell Grants 38% $4,139
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 38% $3,369
Student Loans 67% $5,804

Financial Aid Websites

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

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

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

16% of students graduated on time.

44% of students graduated in six years.

74% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine participates in the NCAA Division III for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Ice Hockey Paul Gilligan (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Soccer Chris Felber (Get recruited )
Softball Mark Caserta (Get recruited )

Rankings

Washington Monthly

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