Penn State Berks Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Penn State Berks
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Penn State Berks Admissions Overview:

Penn State Berks has an acceptance rate of 87%, making the school generally accessible to the majority of those who apply. Students interested in the school will need to submit an application, scores from the SAT or ACT (both are accepted equally), and official high school transcripts. Be sure to visit the school's website for updated information about applying.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Penn State Berks Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Penn State Berks Description:

Founded in 1958, Penn State Berks is one of the Commonwealth Campuses of the Pennsylvania State University. The campus sits on the northwestern edge of Reading, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg and Philadelphia are each a little over an hour away. The Penn State curriculum allows students to begin their four-year degrees on one campus and finish on another. Penn State Berks offers 19 baccalaureate degrees with business being most popular. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 24. The majority of students are from Pennsylvania, and roughly one-quarter of students live on campus.

Students stay engaged outside of the classroom and can choose from over 50 clubs and organizations including the Ski & Board Club, Pep Band, High Fashion Club, and Step Team. The college also offers several club sports such as bowling, equestrian, and rugby. On the intercollegiate front, the Penn State Berks Nittany Lions compete in the NCAA Division III North Eastern Athletic Conference.

The college fields six men's and six women's varsity teams with baseball, soccer, and softball among the most popular.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,888 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 58% Male / 42% Female
  • 88% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,828 (in-state); $22,834 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,840 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,230
  • Other Expenses: $4,788
  • Total Cost: $32,686 (in-state); $40,692 (out-of-state)

Penn State Berks Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,144
    • Loans: $7,775

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Elementary Education, Information Sciences, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 37%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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