Quick Stats

  • Avg. SAT Score
    1211
  • Annual Tuition (in-state excl. fees)
    $18,428
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Program Enrollment
    5,405
  • University Selectivity
    55%
  • University Yield
    36%
  • Job Offers
    78%
  • Average Salary
    $54,000
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
  • School Status
    Public
  • Accreditation
    AACSB Accredited
  • B-School Founded
    1953
  • Program Length
    Four Year
Contact Information
202 Business Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, United States
Website
405x225

Smeal College of Business

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Our school has such a focus on ethics in the workplace and I believe that our school holds us to a high standard in any workforce we partake in. This is not just another business school, it is Penn State Smeal College of Business, which is an extreme privilege to be accepted into.

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  • Dec 20
    9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    Executive MBA Program Visit

    Philadelphia, PA

    The same outstanding faculty who teach in the residential MBA Program at University Park also teach in the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia. If you would like to experience what it's like to be a Smeal MBA, but can't travel to University Park easily, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the culture and classroom experience, and meet the faculty who serve students in both programs.

About The Pennsylvania State University

Admissions

Admissions Selectivity
55% The Pennsylvania State University 59% Average Across All Schools

Most Important Admissions Factors
  1. High school GPA
  2. SAT/ACT scores
  3. Secondary school record
More Information
Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
44688% 44,688
55% 55
36% 36
55% School Selectivity
36% School Yield
Demographics of Applicants
  • Male Applicants
  • Female Applicants
  • International Applicants
  • U.S. Applicants
Required Tests
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Are Interviews Required? Not required
Additional Requirements:

TOEFL is required for international non-English speaking applicants. An official post-secondary transcript is required for applicants who have already completed college-level work.

Total Applications to Program
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
7992% 7,992
49% 49
51% 51
49% Program Selectivity
51% Program Yield
Program Requirements
  • Admissions managed by Business Program
  • Are interviews required? Not offered
Required Tests

Transfer Requirements
  • How internal transfers are handled Declare business major
  • Min college GPA for transfers 3.2
  • Other transfer requirements In addition to having a competitive Grade Point Average (3.50 for Finance and 3.20 for all other majors), students must successfully complete all required business and business related foundation courses prior to enrolling in a major. Timeline to complete these courses is four semesters or two academic years from the time students begin their studies.
Freshman Requirements
  • Freshman admissions Yes
  • Percent of admitted applicants who are freshmen 48
  • Min GPA required in pre-business courses? Yes
  • How freshmen are admitted Indicate interest on university application
Other requirements for freshmen

Careers

Financial Services 18%
Top Industry
  • Consulting 10%
  • Other 9%
  • Petroleum/Energy 5%
PricewaterhouseCoopers 48
Top Employer
  • Deloitte 34
  • Ernst & Young 34
  • KPMG 33
More Information
Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
78% 78
62% 61.74527272727272
78% Receive Offers
73% 73
59% 59.252482758620694
73% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
0%
0%
0%
0%
More than 3 Months after graduation
0%
0%
0%
0%
98% Graduates seeking full-time employment
2% Graduates not seeking employment
87% Percentage of graduates for whom employment information is available
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
15% 15
$62,168.00
24K 78K
Finance/Accounting
40% 40
$55,169.00
19K 100K
General Management
4% 4
$48,159.00
39K 84K
Management Information Systems
2% 2
$52,272.00
33K 68K
Marketing/Sales
14% 14
$45,021.00
20K 70K
Operations/Production
8% 8
$55,414.00
34K 80K
Logistics/Transportation
8% 8
$52,163.00
25K 70K
Other
9% 9
$51,320.00
34K 72K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Accounting
22% 22
$55,064.00
19K 73K
Consumer Products/Retail
16% 16
$50,493.00
35K 67K
Consulting
10% 10
$62,557.00
33K 78K
Financial Services
18% 18
$56,844.00
24K 80K
Government/Education
1% 1
$44,000.00
31K 60K
Pharma/Biotech/Health
3% 3
$50,556.00
35K 61K
Manufacturing
5% 5
$54,397.00
30K 68K
Media/Entertainment
1% 1
$41,167.00
35K 45K
Petroleum/Energy
5% 5
$54,868.00
25K 84K
Real Estate
1% 1
$45,714.00
35K 55K
Sports/Leisure
2% 2
$37,500.00
25K 48K
Technology/Science
3% 3
$51,881.00
35K 67K
Transportation
1% 1
$42,525.00
35K 52K
Utilities
1% 1
$46,625.00
47K 57K
Other
9% 9
$51,040.00
35K 65K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
33% 33
$57,660.00
30K 78K
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
53% 53
$52,099.00
24K 84K
U.S. South
3% 3
$50,933.00
28K 60K
U.S. Southwest
3% 3
$58,010.00
35K 70K
U.S. Midwest
6% 6
$53,133.00
35K 68K
U.S. West
2% 2
$52,545.00
36K 65K
Canada
0%
$26,800.00
19K 35K
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Average Signing Bonus for Most Recent Graduates
Other Income for Most Recent Graduates
Internship Employers / Interns Hired
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers 81
  • Johnson & Johnson 57
  • KPMG 38
  • Ernst & Young 31
  • Deloitte 22
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks 15
  • Percentage of internships that are paid 85
Career Services
  • Number of companies that recruited students on campus 254
  • Number of companies that posted full-time jobs on school message boards 745
Other activities and career services provided to undergraduate business students:
The Smeal College of Business' Career and Corporate Connections Office develops students professionally by providing more than 2,700 one-on-one student appointments per year and coordinates a career planning and strategies class serving approximately 500 students. Additionally, the office oversees the internship posting system serving more than 950 companies to coordinate on-campus interviewing and job postings. The office also coordinates company events, professional development, and leadership training.

Cost

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$30,969
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $18,428
  • Fees $451
  • Expenses $12,090
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$43,827
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $31,286
  • Fees $451
  • Expenses $12,090
27% Percent of Institutional Grants or Scholarships 2% Percent of Full-tuition Institutional Grants or Scholarships
Basis for Grants or Scholarships
  • Need 25%
  • Merit 75%
More Information
Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid Management No
  • Website http://www.psu.edu/studentaid/
Scholarships
$8,232,000
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students last year
$8,421,600
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students this year
Loans
  • Loan Guarantee Policy No
  • Max Loan Guarantee Per Year

Academics

Average Class Size
  • Smeal College of Business
  • All Schools
Core Business Classes
63% 58
50% 46
Elective Business Classes
59% 34
50% 29
Required Classes with a Waiting List
Smeal College of Business 13 Average Across All Schools

* On the First Day of Enrollment
Top Areas of Study
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Risk Management
More Information
Business Program Classes
11% Less than 20 Students 13% More than 50 Students
76% 21 to 50 students
34 Average number of students in non-business required electives
73 Different Elective Courses
New Electives
  • Sustainable Behavior of Consumers, Firms, and Societies
  • The Global Financial Crisis
  • Entertainment Law
  • International Real Estate Markets
  • Financial Reporting in Special Industries
  • Program length Four Year
  • Last change to curriculum 2009
Degrees Offered
  • BS Accounting
  • BS Finance
  • BS Management
  • BS Management Information Systems
  • BS Marketing
  • BS Risk Management (Options: Actuarial Science, Enterprise Risk, Real Estate)
  • BS Supply Chain & Information Systems
Faculty
  • All Faculty
  • Tenured
167% 167
58% 58
Prominent Faculty
  • Donald Hambrick

    Strategy

  • Keith Crocker

    Insurance

  • Brent Ambrose

    Real Estate

  • Are work study or co-ops available? Yes
  • Description of work study / co-ops:

    The Smeal College of Business supports approximately 160 students on co-op experiences throughout the year. These experiences are available for all majors. The University Career Services Office also provides internship services and Smeal students are eligible for these services as well.

  • Is study abroad available? Yes
  • Description of study abroad programs:

    Smeal College of Business students are encouraged to choose from about 80 study abroad programs around the world. These sites are either semester-long or summer (6 week) programs and are an integral part of the optional International Business Minor. All Smeal students are eligible to study abroad regardless of major and several summer programs are specifically designed and taught by Smeal faculty at various sites in Europe, South America, and Asia.

  • Is community service or volunteering available? Yes
  • Description of community service/volunteering:

    There are 38 Smeal College of Business student organizations that participate in a range of local community service activities. Local companies also promote volunteer opportunities through the college's internship posting system. The Study Abroad Office also promotes student opportunities abroad that are service-based experiences. Annually, Penn State students sponsor a 48-hour dance marathon earning over $10 million annually for pediatric cancer. Smeal College students participate in various aspects of this event.

Students

39% Students in Top 10% of High School Class 59% Students with High School GPA over 3.75
1280 75th Percentile Score on SAT 29 75th Percentile Score on ACT
Student Body Breakdown
  • International Students
  • U.S. Students
  • Male Students
  • Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
White
79% 79
Asian American
8% 8
Not Reported
5% 5
* Percentages are for U.S. citizens in most recent entering class; only top three responses shown.
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U.S. Regional Breakdown
2%
2%
31%
1%
1%
64%
Student Citizenship
U.S.
90% 90
Other Non-U.S. Citizenship
10% 10
Dual Citizenship
0% 0
Canada
0% 0
18 Average age of full-time students
92% Freshman retention rate
Graduation Rate
  • 4 Years
  • 6 Years
78% 78
98% 98

Alumni

Alumni Donors
Total Living Alumni 67,164
Alumni Donations
$518 Average Gift $5,000,000 Largest Gift

Anonymous Donor

Most Prominent Alumni
  • Pat Woertz

    Chairman, CEO and President Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.

  • Carl Berquist

    CFO, Executive Vice President Marriott International, Inc.

  • Jerome Griffith

    President & CEO Tumi, Inc.