Pittsburg State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Drum Corps International at the Pittsburg State Stadium
Drum Corps International at the Pittsburg State Stadium. KellyK / Flickr

Pittsburg State University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 87%, Pittsburg State University's admissions bar isn't overly high. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application that can be found and completed on the school's admissions website. Applicants will also need to submit high school transcripts and scores from the ACT. Note that ACT and SAT scores are used for placement and scholarships, but they aren't require for admission from in-state applicants.

Students interested in Pittsburg State are encouraged to visit the campus.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Pittsburg State University Description:

Pittsburg State University is a public institution located in Pittsburg, Kansas, a small city in the southeastern corner of Kansas. Joplin, Missouri, is a little over half an hour to the south, and Kansas City is two hours to the north. Out-of-state students from nearby areas are often able to pay PSU's low in-state tuition. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 academic programs.

At the bachelor's degree level, professional fields such as business, education, and nursing are extremely popular. Academics are supported by a 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active with over 150 clubs and organizations, and the university has a new recreation center and student apartment complex.

Pittsburg State also has several fraternities and sororities. On the athletic front, the PSU Gorilla's compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The university fields six men's and five women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 7,102 (5,904 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,910 (in-state); $17,662 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,572
  • Other Expenses: $3,708
  • Total Cost: $19,190 (in-state); $29,942 (out-of-state)

Pittsburg State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 78%
    • Loans: 59%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,192
    • Loans: $6,067

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Communication, Construction Management, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 26%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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