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Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education

Short Version of College Name

Penn College®

College Athletic Symbol
Athletic symbol is the Wildcat
College Colors
Penn College colors are blue and grey
College School Code

003395

MSCHE

Pennsylvania College of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 2012 Self-Study

Fall 2018 Fast Facts

Enrollment
 
  • 5,319 Headcount
    (does not include all Penn College NOW students)
  • 4,905 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • 11.34% Minority students
  • 62.61% Males; 37.39% Females
  • 72,992 Credits
Student Status
 
  • 82.31% Full-time (average of 15.23 credit hours)
  • 17.69% Part-time (average of 6.72 credit hours)
Geographic Distribution
 
  1. North Central PA: 38.6%
    • Lycoming County: 21.3%
  2. Southeast PA: 21.6%
  3. Northeast PA: 15.0%
  4. Central PA: 11.2%
  5. Other States: 9.2%
    • New Jersey: 3.1%
    • New York: 1.7%
    • Maryland: 1.6%
    • Connecticut: 0.5%
    • Virginia: 0.4%
    • Other States: 1.9%
  6. Western PA: 3.7%
  7. International Students: 0.7%

TOTAL PA RESIDENTS: 90.1%

Tuition & Fee Increase
  • 2.39%
Budget

Totals By Fund:

  • Operating: $121,543,500
  • Auxiliary: $28,372,600
  • Total current funds: $149,916,100
  •  
  • Restricted Funds: $12,524,100
  • Plant & Debt Funds: $19,200
  • Total College: $162,459,400
  •  
  • State Appropriations: $22,736,000
  • As a % of Total: 14.0%
Tuition and Fees, 2018-19
  • $558 per credit hour (includes capital fee, student activity fee, health service fee, and technology fee)
  • Lab instruction fee: $45 per lab hour
  • Average annual in-state tuition and fees: $16,740 (30 credit hours)
  • Out-of-state tuition 1.5 times the in-state rate
  • Room and Board Costs
    • $6,586 per year (variable rates in Rose Street Commons)
    • $4,096 per year for a 14-meal board plan (most popular)
Current/Projected Costs to Attend Penn College

Current:

  • In-state: $27,422
  • Out-of-state: $34,562

Projected:

  • Since many of our costs are estimates, we propose that people quote the costs listed above are approximate costs to attend Penn College for the 2018-19 academic year. This total includes 15 credits per semester, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Personal expenses are NOT included in these approximate costs.

87.7% (5,307 of 6052) Penn College students received financial aid. (2017-18 data)

38.0% (2323 of 6052) Penn College students received a PELL Grant. (2017-18 data)

Fall 2018 Freshman Class
  • 1,849 Students
  • 49.5% Enrolled in bachelor's degree programs
  • 62.2% Male
  • 65.9% Under the age of 20
  • Applications (New/Transfer/Reenrolled)
    • Total applications received: 5,772
    • Total offered acceptance: 4,629
On-Campus Housing

1,572 students live on campus.

Retention and Graduation Rates

First-time, full-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees:

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 80%
  • 6-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 60.98%
  • 8-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 59.82%

First-time, full-time students pursuing associate's degrees:

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 70%
  • 3-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 42.22%
  • 4-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 49.70%
Distance Learning (Fall 2018)
  • 1,362 students enrolled in distance education courses
  • 86 distance learning courses
  • 11 majors offered via distance learning
  • 248 students enrolled in distance learning majors
International Students
  • 24 students enrolled; 0 ESL students
  • France, Ghana, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Iran, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, India
  • The College also sends students to Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, United Kingdom, Belarus, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
Alumni
  • 60,476 living alumni currently in database; 49,148 alumni with valid mailing addresses with 81.33% of alumni being in Pennsylvania.  More than 1,000 added each year after commencement. 
Employees
 
  1. Full-time, non-faculty: 582
  2. Casual part-time, non-faculty: 384
  3. Full-time faculty (includes 11 counselors & librarians): 294
  4. Part-time faculty: 178
  5. Regular part-time, non-faculty: 148

Total Full-time Employees: 876

America's Best Colleges
  • As part of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, Pennsylvania College of Technology took the top spot (among public institutions) in the Most Innovative Schools category for the Regional Colleges North listings. When private colleges are included, Penn College was tied for No. 3. In the Best Colleges rankings, Penn College was tied for No. 5 among public institutions in Regional Colleges North and tied for 12th when private colleges are considered. In the Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Colleges North, Penn College was tied for third among public institutions and tied for sixth when private schools are included. Penn College also ranked No. 19 in the Best Value Schools category for the Regional Colleges North listings.
Credentials by Students
 
  1. Bachelor's Degree: 59.99%
  2. Associate's Degree: 38.64%
  3. Certificate: 0.75%
  4. Other/Non-degree: 0.62%
School Size (Head Count)
 
  1. Nursing & Health Sciences: 1,533
  2. Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies: 1,520
  3. Construction & Design Technologies: 690
  4. Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies: 686
  5. Business & Hospitality: 492
  6. Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: 365
  7. Non-degree (includes Developmental & ESL): 33
Largest Program Areas
 
  1. Nursing: 433
  2. Information Technology: 416
  3. Welding: 330
  4. Management: 296
  5. Electrical: 211
  6. Building Construction: 200
  7. Automotive: 198
  8. Engineering & Industrial Design : 192
  9. Dental Hygiene: 160
  10. Automated Manufacturing & Machining: 156
degrees that work in Green Career Fields
  • 1,051 students enrolled in 30 programs (16 AAS, 14 BS)
Average Class Size
  • 17
Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 13:1
Student-Computer Ratio
  • 3:1
Greek Life
  • Penn College recognizes 3 nationally-affiliated social fraternities:
    • Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ)
    • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
    • Omega Delta Sigma (ΩΔΣ)
Athletics

The Penn College Wildcats are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, except as noted.

Penn College fields 15 intercollegiate sports, including:

  • Archery (Men's & Women's) – United States Collegiate Archery (USCA)
  • Baseball (Men's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Basketball (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Cross Country (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Golf (Men's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Soccer (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Softball (Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Tennis (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Wrestling (Men's) – NCAA DIII
  • Volleyball (Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
Grant Activity to Date
  • 24 active projects in excess of $23.1 million with $9.4 million (10 projects) under development (as of 9/19/18).  Active projects include the WEDnetPA program at $15.1 million.
Workforce Development Activity (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018)
  • Workforce Development provided training to 5,228 individuals. Topics covered included industrial, business/leadership, plastics, healthcare, computer, sustainability, and energy. Counted in this number were apprentices from 19 companies.
     
    The inaugural Apprenticeship Summit was held on May 3. More than 120 people from 66 companies were present to learn about opportunities for building apprenticeship programs into their workforce strategies. The mechatronics apprenticeship program, with training delivered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education, serves as a pathway for entry into the A.A.S. Mechatronics program. Apprentices may receive 20 credits toward the degree. $576,000 in apprenticeship grant funding was received from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The Apprenticeship Center at Penn College opened in June 2018.

    The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC) provided 35 workshops/Global Standards for Plastics Certification training servicing 94 companies and 523 registrants from 23 states, Canada, Kuwait, and Mexico. The PIRC completed 56 projects for 33 companies in 10 states.

    Through Pennsylvania’s WEDnetPA program, the College, serving as fiscal agent for the state-wide program, administered workforce development grants for 695 companies totaling nearly $6.7 million to train more than 26,000 employees.

    The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) received contracts and open enrollment revenue totaling $1.4 M to provide training, certifications and technical consultation in residential and commercial building science and energy efficiency.

Community Arts Center
  • Since opening in May 1993, the Community Arts Center has hosted 155,506 patrons for movies and 1,544,685 for live events for a total of 1,700,191 as of August 2018.
Default Loan Rate
  • Percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three years* of entering repayment: 9.7%. National Average: 11.3%
  • *2018 data will not be confirmed until late September, 2018
Placement Rate
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (3-year average): 95.1%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2016-17): 93.4%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2015-16): 96.2%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2014-15): 95.4%
Fundraising (July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018)
  • More than $4,666,604 raised in cash and in-kind gifts between the College and the Foundation
Penn College Foundation (as of June 30, 2018)
  • Assets: $17,609,904
Donor Restricted Funds (as of June 30, 2018)
  • Total Restricted/Endowment = $16,717,294
Library
  • Library building: 104,000 square feet
  • Print volumes: 88,761
  • Media volumes: 4,294
  • Back issues volumes of periodicals: 8,977
  • Print subscriptions: 352
  • Database subscriptions: 165
  • Online journal titles: 86,817
  • Reference volumes: 6,877
  • E-books: 32,472
  • Streaming videos: 3,017
Campus Size
  • Main Campus: 131.6 acres
  • Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center: 5.8 acres
  • Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center: 409.11 acres
  • Morgan Valley Retreat: 439.7 acres
  • Advanced Automotive Technology Center: 2.0 acres
  • General Services: 5.4 acres
  • Wellsboro: .28 acres
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  • Total size: 993.89 acres

Spring 2018 Fast Facts

Enrollment
  • 6,480 Heads (includes PC Now)
  • 5,177 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • 10.38% Minority students
  • 60.29% Male; 39.71% Female
  • 75,379 Credits
Student Status
  • 64.01% Full-time (average of 15.2 credit hours)
  • 35.99% Part-time (average of 5.3 credit hours)
Geographic Distribution
  1. North Central PA: 46.67% (Lycoming County: 26.00%)
  2. Southeast PA: 19.06%
  3. Northeast PA: 13.94%
  4. Central PA: 9.74%
  5. Other States, 6.95%
    • New Jersey: 2.28%
    • New York: 1.34%
    • Maryland: 1.20%
    • Connecticut: 0.39%
    • Virginia: 0.25%
    • Delaware: 0.22%
    • Massachusetts: 0.19%
    • Ohio: 0.05%
    • Other States: 1.03%
  6. Western PA: 3.29%
  7. International Students: 0.35%

TOTAL PA RESIDENTS: 92.70%

Tuition Increase
  • 1.68%
Budget

Totals By Fund:

  • Operating: $113,549,200
  • Auxiliary: $27,994,100
  • Total current funds: $141,543,300
  •  
  • Restricted Funds: $13,287,000
  • Plant & Debt Funds: $19,200
  • Total College: $154,849,500
  •  
  • State Appropriations: $22,074,000
  • As a % of Total: 14.3%
Tuition and Fees, 2017-18
  • $545 per credit hour (includes capital, student activity, health service, and technology fees)
  • Lab instruction fee: $45 per lab hour
  • Average annual in-state tuition and fees: $16,350 (30 credit hours)
  • Out-of-state tuition 1.5 times the in-state rate
  • Room and Board Costs
    • $3,228 per semester (variable rates in Rose Street Commons); $6,456 per year
    • $2,018 per semester for a 14-meal board plan (most popular); $4,036 per year
Current/Projected Costs to Attend Penn College

Current:

  • In-state: $26,842
  • Out-of-state: $33,772

Projected:

  • Since many of our costs are estimates, we propose that people quote the costs listed above are approximate costs to attend Penn College for the 2017-18 academic year. This total includes 15 credits per semester, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Personal expenses are NOT included in these approximate costs.

92.7% (5,542 of 5,981) Penn College students received financial aid in 2016-17.

39.07% (2,337 of 5,981) Penn College students received a PELL Grant in 2016-17.

Fall 2017 Freshman Class
  • 1,898 Students
  • 36.7% Enrolled in bachelor's degree programs
  • 63.9% Male
  • 66.4% Under the age of 20
  • Applications (New/Transfer/Reenrolled)
    • Total applications received: 7,665
    • Offered acceptance: 6,354
On-Campus Housing

1,710 students live on campus; actual count at 3rd week 1,431

Retention and Graduation Rates

First-time, full-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 79%
  • 6-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 45%
  • 8-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 39%

First-time, full-time students pursuing associate's degrees

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 67%
  • 3-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 38%
  • 4-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 45%
Distance Learning (Spring 2018)
  • 1,321 students enrolled in distance learning courses
  • 84 distance learning courses
  • 9 majors offered via distance learning
  • 183 students enrolled in distance learning majors
International Students
  • 29 students enrolled; 0 English as a Second Language (ESL) students
  • Countries represented include: Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Iran, Mauritius and Oman.
  • The College also sends students to: Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Belarus, United Kingdom, and Spain.
Alumni
  • 59,364 living alumni currently in database; 48,419 alumni with valid mailing addresses with 81.4% of alumni being in Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 added each year, after commencement.
Employees
  1. Full-time, non faculty: 576
  2. Casual part-time, non faculty: 420
  3. Full-time faculty (includes 9 counselors and librarians): 298
  4. Part-time faculty: 150
  5. Regular part-time, non faculty: 157

Total Full-time Employees: 874

Grant Activity (as of January 20, 2017)
  • 25 projects active in excess of $38.8 million with $1.3 million (12 projects) under development (as of 1/29/18). Active projects include the WEDnetPA program at $28.7 million.
America's Best Colleges
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology is among the Top 10 Public Regional Colleges North, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.
  • Penn College ranked fifth among public colleges (and tied for 13th overall when private institutions are included) in the Regional Colleges North category.
  • Penn College is ranked No. 2 among public colleges (and No. 7 when private institutions are included) in the Best Colleges for Veterans category for Regional Colleges North.
  • The rankings are published in U.S. News’ “2018 Best Colleges” guidebook.
Credentials by Students
  1. Bachelor Degree: 45.57%
  2. Associate Degree: 30.65%
  3. Other/Non-degree: 23.22%
  4. Certificate: 0.56%
School Size (Head Count)
  1. Health Sciences: 1,428
  2. Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies: 1,369
  3. Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies: 709
  4. Construction & Design Technologies: 670
  5. Business & Hospitality: 442
  6. Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: 357
  7. Non-degree (includes PC Now & ESL): 1,505
Largest Programs*
  1. Nursing: 388
  2. Information Technology: 347
  3. Welding: 288
  4. Management: 258
  5. Electrical: 213
  6. Automotive: 209
  7. Building Construction: 200
  8. Engineering & Industrial Design: 174
  9. Automated Manufacturing & Machining: 148
  10. Dental Hygiene: 144

*By program cluster, not individual program

"degrees that work" in Green Career Fields
  • 1,052 students enrolled in 30 programs (16 AAS, 14 BS)
Average Class Size
  • 17.0
Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 14.0:1
Student-Computer Ratio
  • 3:1
Greek Life
  • Penn College recognizes 3 nationally affiliated social fraternities:
    • Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ)
    • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
    • Omega Delta Sigma (ΩΔΣ)
Athletics

The Penn College Wildcats are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, except as noted.

Penn College fields 14 intercollegiate sports, including:

  • Archery (Co-ed) – United States Collegiate Archery (USCA)
  • Baseball (Men) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Basketball (Men & Women) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Cross Country (Men & Women) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Golf (Men) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Soccer (Men & Women) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Softball (Women) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Tennis (Men & Women) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Wrestling (Men) – NCAA DIII
  • Volleyball (Women) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
Workforce Development & Continuing Education Activity (July 1, 2017–December 31, 2017)
  • 2,082 enrollments in the following program areas: industrial, business, computer, plastics, healthcare, and energy.
  • WEDnetPA’s training grant budget for FY 2017-18 is $8 million. From July through December 2017, WEDnetPA’s 26 partners processed grant applications for 584 companies totaling $6.2 million to train approximately 29,500 PA workers.
  • In December, WDCE completed a pilot program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, called DNA for Business, a new tool developed in-house to assess employee skills, prioritize training needs, and recommend specific, customized solutions to meet the needs of employers of any sector. Thirteen companies were engaged in the pilot with over 1,000 assessments completed. As a result of the DNA pilot, 214 employees received training aimed to improve competencies in topics identified by the program.
  • The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) received contracts totaling $1,240,560 to provide training, certifications, and technical assistance in building science, energy efficiency, and building operation/retuning to the residential, commercial, and agricultural sectors.
Community Arts Center
  • Since opening in May 1993, the Community Arts Center has hosted 155,506 patrons for movies and 1,521,238 for live events for a total of 1,676,744 as of January 2018.
Default Loan Rate
  • Percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three* years of entering repayment: 11.5%. National Average: 11.5%
    *Changed to three year rate from two year rate in Fall 2014.
Placement Rate
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2014-15): 95.7%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2013-14): 96.6%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2012-13): 93.5%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (3-year average): 95.3%
Fundraising (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017)
  • More than $4,410,001 raised between the College and the Foundation
Penn College Foundation (as of June 30, 2017)
  • Assets: $15,657,289
Donor Restricted Funds (as of June 30, 2017)
  • Total Restricted/Endowment: $14,589,827
Library
  • Library building: 104,000 square feet
  • Print volumes: 89,117
  • Media volumes: 4,267
  • Back issues volumes of periodicals: 8,972
  • Print subscriptions: 370
  • Database subscriptions: 169
  • Online journal titles: 88,304
  • Reference volumes: 7,366
  • E-Books: 27,388
  • Streaming video: 2,723
Campus Size
  • Main Campus: 131.6 acres
  • Aviation Center: 5.8 acres
  • Earth Science Center: 409.11 acres
  • Morgan Valley Retreat Center: 439.7 acres
  • Advanced Automotive Tech. Center: 2.0 acres
  • General Services: 5.4 acres
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  • Total size: 993.61 acres
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