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Vision

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

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. The 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.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Fall 2014 Fast Facts

Enrollment
  • 5,623 Headcount
    (does not include Penn College NOW students)
  • 5,262 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • 10.88% minority students
  • 62.93% males; 37.07% females
  • 77,883 credits
Student Status
  • 84.87% Full-time (average of 15.0 credit hours)
  • 15.13% Part-time (average of 6.8 credit hours)
Geographic Distribution
  1. North Central PA, 37.2%
    • Lycoming County, 20.3%
  2. Southeast PA, 19.7%
  3. Northeast PA, 15.5%
  4. Central PA, 12.0%
  5. Other States, 10.7%
    • New Jersey, 3.2%
    • New York, 1.9%
    • Maryland, 1.6%
    • Virginia, 0.7%
    • Connecticut, 0.6%
    • Massachusetts, 0.3%
    • Delaware, 0.2%
    • Ohio, 0.2%
    • Other States, 2.0%
  6. Western PA, 3.6%
  7. International Students, 1.3%

TOTAL PA RESIDENTS, 88.0%

Tuition Increase
  • 3.85%
Budget

Totals By Fund:

  • Operating:$109,564,900
  • Auxiliary: $27,343,600
  • Total current funds: $136,908,500
  •  
  • Restricted Funds: $16,000,000
  • Plant & Debt Funds: $19,200
  • Total College: $152,927,700
  •  
  • State Appropriations: $17,584,000
  • As a % of Total: 11.5%
Tuition and Fees, 2014-15
  • $515 per credit hour (includes capital fee, student activity fee, health service fee, and technology fee)
  • Lab instruction fee of $40 per lab hour
  • Average annual in-state tuition and fees $15,450 (30 credit hours)
  • Out-of-state tuition 1.5 times the in-state rate
  • Room and Board Costs
    • $3,118 per semester (variable rates in Rose Street Commons); $6,236 per year
    • $1,900 per semester for a 14 meal board plan (most popular); $3,800 per year
Current/Projected Costs to Attend Penn College

Current:

  • in-state = $26,886
  • out-of-state = $33,366

This total includes 15 credits per semester, housing, meals, books, and supplies – NOT personal expenses.

Fall 2014 Freshman Class
  • 2,047 students
  • 33.4% enrolled in Bachelor's Degree programs
  • 65.6% male
  • 63.2% under the age of 20
  • Applications
    • Total applications received (New/Transfer/Reenrolled): 5,838
    • Total offered acceptance (New/Transfer/Reenrolled): 5,147
On-Campus Housing

1,710 students live on campus

Retention and Graduation Rates

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

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 41%
  • 8-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 41%

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

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 65%
  • 3-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 4-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 39%
Distance Learning - Fall 2014
  • 878 students enrolled in distance education courses
  • 86 distance learning courses
  • 7 majors offered via distance learning
  • 208 students enrolled in distance learning majors
International Students
  • 63 students enrolled; 13 ESL students
  • Countries represented include: Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, India, Moldova, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela
  • The College also sends students to: Australia, Austria, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, United Kingdom, and Spain
Alumni
  • 56,174 living alumni currently in database; 45,659 alumni with valid mailing addresses with 82.0% of alumni being in Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 added each year after commencement.
Employees
  1. Full-time, non faculty, 622
  2. Casual part-time, non faculty, 499
  3. Full-time faculty (includes 11 Counselors & Librarians), 304
  4. Part-time faculty, 175
  5. Regular part-time, non faculty, 140

Total Full-time Employees = 926

Credentials by Students
  1. Bachelor Degree, 49.32%
  2. Associate Degree, 47.48%
  3. Other/Non-degree, 1.76%
  4. Certificate, 1.44%
School Size (Head Count)
  1. Health Sciences, 1,582
  2. Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, 1,369
  3. Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, 797
  4. Construction & Design Technologies, 752
  5. Business & Hospitality, 553
  6. Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, 498
  7. Non-degree (includes Developmental & ESL), 72
Largest Majors
  1. Pre-Nursing (AAS) - 198
  2. Nursing (BS) - Traditional - 182
  3. Welding/Fabrication Engineering Technology (BS) - 156
  4. Information Technology Sciences : Gaming and Simulation (BS) - 107
  5. Welding Technology (AAS) - 104
  6. Manufacturing Engineering Technology (BS) - 100
  7. Civil Engineering Technology (BS) - 99
  8. Construction Management (BS) - 98
  9. Nursing (AAS) - 98
  10. Diesel Technology (AAS) - 93
  11. Building Construction Technology (AAS) - 89
"DEGREES THAT WORK" in Green Career Fields
  • 1,088 students enrolled in 21 programs (AAS = 12, BS = 9)
Average Class Size
  • 17
Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 17.5:1
Student-Computer Ratio
  • 3:1
Greek Life
  • Penn College recognizes 3 nationally affiliated social fraternities:
    • Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ)
    • Sigma Nu (ΣΝ)
    • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
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 – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Basketball (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Cross Country (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Golf – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Soccer (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Softball – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Tennis (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Wresting – NCAA DIII
  • Volleyball (Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
Grant Activity to Date
  • 21 projects active in excess of $35.4 million with $2.9 million (12 projects) under development (as of 9/8/14). Active projects include the WEDnetPA program at $17.9 million and the ShaleNET US project at $14.9 million.
Workforce Development & Continuing Education Activity

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

  • Noncredit workforce development instruction:
    • 5,199 enrollments in traditional noncredit courses
    • 3,257 enrollments in natural gas courses
    • 145 enrollments in online noncredit courses
    • 8,601 total noncredit enrollments
  • Through Pennsylvania’s Guaranteed Free Training program (WEDnetPA), WDCE administered workforce development grants for nearly 739 companies totaling $7.8 million to train more than 40,359 employees in FY2013-2014.
  • The US Department of Labor funded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant to expand the ShaleNET initiative across multiple states. Penn College serves as the administrator of the $14.9 million grant and is one of 4 partner colleges working together to implement ShaleNET, a comprehensive stackable credential program focused on the oil and natural gas industry. The grant period is October 2012 – September 2016.
  • The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) received grants totaling $705,000, to provide training and certifications in building sciences, retuning and energy efficiency.
Community Arts Center
  • Since opening in May 1993, the Community Arts Center has hosted 153,299 patrons for movies and 1,291,905 for live events for a total of 1,445,204 as of August 2014.
Default Loan Rate
  • Percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three years* of entering repayment: 12.1%. National Average: 13.7%

*changed to three year rate from two year rate in Fall 2014

Placement Rate
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate: 93.5% (2011-12), 93.2% (2010-11)
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate: 94% (3-year average)
Fundraising
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
  • More than $3,337,974 raised between the College and the Foundation
Penn College Foundation
  • Assets $11,996,207 as of June 30, 2014
Donor Restricted Funds as of June 30, 2014
  • Total Restricted/Endowment = $1,614,200
Library
  • Library building: 104,000 square feet
  • Print volumes: 93,408
  • Media volumes: 4,706
  • Back issues volumes of periodicals: 9,985
  • Print subscriptions: 991
  • Database subscriptions: 88
  • Online journal titles: 43,505
  • Reference volumes: 3,296
  • E-books: 17,620
Campus Size
  • Main Campus, 131.6 acres
  • Aviation Center, 5.8 acres
  • Earth Science Center, 409.11 acres
  • Morgan Valley, 439.7 acres
  • Advanced Automotive Technology Center, 2.0 acres
  • General Services, 5.4 acres
  •  
  • Total size: 993.61 acres
America's Best Colleges
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology is among the "top 10" best public, four-year colleges in the north region of the United States, according to the latest rankings of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. Penn College ranked 8th among public colleges and 29th among all "best regional colleges (north)" in the 2014 rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

Spring 2015 Fast Facts

Enrollment
  • 6,005 Heads (includes PC Now)
  • 5,127 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • 10.32% minority students
  • 63.75% male; 36.25% female
Student Status
  • 72.37% Full-time (average of 15.0 credit hours)
  • 27.63% Part-time (average of 5.6 credit hours)
Geographic Distribution
  1. North Central PA, 41.85% (Lycoming County, 23.38%)
  2. Southeast PA, 18.75%
  3. Northeast PA, 14.54%
  4. Central PA, 11.36%
  5. Other States, 9.26%
    • New Jersey, 2.80%
    • New York, 1.43%
    • Maryland, 1.33%
    • Connecticut, 0.55%
    • Virginia, 0.55%
    • Massachusetts, 0.25%
    • Delaware, 0.17%
    • Ohio, 0.13%
    • Other States, 2.05%
  6. Western PA, 3.06%
  7. International Students, 1.18%

TOTAL PA RESIDENTS, 89.56%

Tuition Increase
  • 3.85%
Budget

Totals By Fund:

  • Operating: $109,564,900
  • Auxiliary: $27,343,600
  • Total current funds: $136,908,500
  •  
  • Restricted Funds: $16,000,000
  • Plant & Debt Funds: $19,200
  • Total College: $152,927,700
  •  
  • State Appropriations: $17,584,000
  • As a % of Total: 11.5%
Tuition and Fees, 2014-15
  • $515 per credit hour (includes capital, student activity, health service, and technology fees)
  • Lab instruction fee of $40 per lab hour
  • Average annual in-state tuition and fees $15,450 (30 credit hours)
  • Out-of-state tuition 1.5 times the in-state rate
  • Room and Board Costs
    • $3,118 per semester (variable rates in Rose Street Commons); $6,236 per year
    • $1,900 per semester for a 14-meal board plan (most popular); $3,800 per year
Current/Projected Costs to Attend Penn College

Current:

  • in-state = $26,886
  • out-of-state = $33,366

Projected:

  • Since many of our costs are estimates, we propose that people quote the costs listed above as approximate costs to attend Penn College for the 2014-15 academic year. This total includes 15 credits per semester, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Personal expenses are NOT included in these approximate costs.

82.9% (5,738 of 6,920) Penn College students received financial aid in 2013-14.

39.1% (2,707 of 6,920) Penn College students received a PELL Grant in 2013-14.

Fall 2014 Freshman Class
  • 2,047 students
  • 33.4% enrolled in bachelor's degree programs
  • 65.6% male
  • 63.2% under the age of 20
  • Applications (New/Transfer/Reenrolled)
    • Total applications received: 5,838
    • Offered acceptance: 5,147
On-Campus Housing

1,710 students live on campus

Retention and Graduation Rates*

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

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 41%
  • 8-Year (200%) Graduation Rate:41%

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

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 65%
  • 3-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 4-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 39%
Distance Learning - Spring 2014
  • 1,056 students enrolled in distance learning courses
  • 118 distance learning courses
  • 7 majors offered via distance learning
  • 165 students enrolled in distance learning majors
International Students
  • 68 students enrolled; 13 English as a Second Language (ESL) students
  • Countries represented include: Bahamas, Bermuda, Haiti, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela
  • The College also sends students to: Australia, Austria, France, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and United Kingdom
Alumni
  • 56,363 living alumni currently in database; 45,733 alumni with valid mailing addresses with 81.9% of alumni being in Pennsylvania. More than 1,100 added each year, after commencement.
Employees
  1. Full-time, non faculty – 622
  2. Casual part-time, non faculty – 499
  3. Full-time faculty (includes 11 counselors and librarians) – 304
  4. Part-time faculty – 175
  5. Regular part-time, non faculty – 140

Total Full-time Employees – 926

Grant Activity as of February 5, 2015
  • 25 projects active in excess of $36.6 million with $2.6 million (6 projects) under development. Active projects include the WEDnetPA program at $18 million and the ShaleNET US project at $14.9 million.
Donor Restricted Funds as of June 30, 2014
  • Total Restricted/Endowment = $10,333,300
Credentials by Students
  1. Bachelor Degree, 45.55%
  2. Associate Degree, 38.80%
  3. Other/Non-degree,14.47%
  4. Certificate, 1.18%
School Size (Head Count)
School Size (Head Count) chart
  1. Health Sciences, 1,485
  2. Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, 1,278
  3. Construction & Design Technologies, 722
  4. Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, 717
  5. Business & Hospitality, 502
  6. Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, 449
  7. Non-degree (includes PC Now & ESL), 852
Largest Majors
Chart
  1. Pre-Nursing (AAS) – 183
  2. Nursing, Traditional (BS) – 176
  3. Welding/Fabrication Engineering Technology (BS) – 166
  4. Civil Engineering Technology (BS) – 109
  5. Nursing (AAS) – 98
  6. Information Technology Sciences: Gaming & Simulation (BS) – 98
  7. Construction Management (BS) – 94
  8. Diesel Technology (AAS) – 91
  9. Manufacturing Engineering Technology (BS) – 89
  10. Welding Technology (AAS) – 84
  11. Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology (BS) – 83
"degrees that work" in Green Career Fields
  • 1,041 students enrolled in 21 programs (AAS = 12, BS = 9)
Average Class Size
  • 16.0
Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 16.7:1
Student-Computer Ratio
  • 3:1
Greek Life
  • Penn College recognizes 3 nationally affiliated social fraternities:
  • Fraternities
    • Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ)
    • Sigma Nu (ΣΝ)
    • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
Athletics

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

Penn College fields 14 intercollegiate sports, including:

  • Archery (Co-ed) – United States Collegiate Archery (USCA)
  • Baseball (Men)
  • Basketball (Men & Women)
  • Cross Country (Men & Women)
  • Golf (Men)
  • Soccer (Men & Women)
  • Softball (Women)
  • Tennis (Men & Women)
  • Wrestling (Men) – NCAA DIII
  • Volleyball (Women)
Workforce Development & Continuing Education Activity

July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

  • Noncredit workforce development instruction:
    • 1,361 enrollments in traditional noncredit courses
    • 1,353 enrollments in natural gas courses
    • 88 enrollments in online noncredit courses
    • 2,802 total non-credit enrollments
  • Through Pennsylvania's Guaranteed Free Training program (WEDnetPA), WDCE administered statewide workforce development grants for 631 companies totaling $7.5 million to train approximately 35,000 employees.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor funded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant to expand the ShaleNET initiative across multiple states. Penn College serves as the administrator of the $14.9 million grant and is one of four partner colleges working together to implement ShaleNET, a comprehensive stackable credential program focused on the oil and natural gas industry. The grant period is October 2012 – September 2016.
  • The National Sustainable Structures Center (NSSC) received grants totaling $1,076,709 to provide training, certifications, and technical assistance in building science, building retuning, and energy efficiency.
Community Arts Center
  • Since opening in May 1993, the Community Arts Center has hosted 153,770 patrons for movies and 1,325,149 for live events, for a total of 1,479,919 as of January 2015.
Default Loan Rate
  • Percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three* years of entering repayment: 12.1%. National Average: 13.7%
    (*Most current data, as of July 26, 2014, changed from two-year rate to three-year rate.)
Placement Rate
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate: 93.2% (2011-12), 94.9% (2010-11)
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate: 94% (3-year average)
Fundraising
July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
  • More than $3,337,974 raised between the College and the Foundation
Penn College Foundation
  • Assets as of June 30, 2014 – $11,996,207
Library
  • Library building – 104,000 square feet
  • Print volumes – 93,408
  • Media volumes – 4,706
  • Back issues volumes of periodicals – 9,985
  • Print subscriptions – 991
  • Database subscriptions – 88
  • Online journal titles – 43,505
  • Reference volumes – 3,296
  • E-Books – 17,620
Campus Size
  • Main Campus – 131.6 acres
  • Aviation Center – 5.8 acres
  • Earth Science Center – 409.11 acres
  • Morgan Valley – 439.7 acres
  • Advanced Automotive Tech Center – 2.0 acres
  • General Services – 5.4 acres
  •  
  • Total size – 993.61 acres
America's Best Colleges
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology is among the "top 10" best public, four-year colleges in the north region of the United States, according to the latest rankings of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. Penn College ranked 8th among public colleges and 28th among all "best regional colleges (north)" in the 2015 rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

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