Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$13,484

2.35% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$14,383

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

4.93%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

85.3%

1,262 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

919

80.4% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

54.1%

132 Graduates

About

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is a higher education institution located in Lehigh County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley were General Business (24 degrees awarded), General Psychology (21 degrees), and Business & Corporate Communications (15 degrees).

In 2017, 109 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (74 degrees), 4.63 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (16 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is $13,484, which is $-11,710 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is $13,484, which is $-11,710 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,383.

In 2017, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 52% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$13,484

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley was $13,484. The cost of tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is $-11,710 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$14,383

2017 Value

9.25%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,383. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley grew by 9.25%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,230

Room and Board

$1,840

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley was of $11,230 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,840. The cost of room and board increased by 2.78% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

52%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.27% with respect to 2016, when 79% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

4.93%

2016 Default Rate

919

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley was 4.93%, which represents 919 out of the 18631 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley received 1,262 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 30.6% annual growth. Out of those 1,262 applicants, 1,077 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 85.3% acceptance rate.

There were 919 students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley in 2017, and 87% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley has an overall enrollment yield of 22.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

85.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

1,077

Accepted Out of 1,262

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley was 85.3% (1,077 admissions from 1,262 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 86.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 30.6%, while admissions grew by 28.7%.

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SAT Scores

87%

Submission Percentage

214

Scores Submitted

87% of enrolled first-time students at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley has a total enrollment of 919 students. The full-time enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is 739 students and the part-time enrollment is 180. This means that 80.4% of students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59% White, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 8.49% Asian, 5.77% Black or African American, 3.81% Two or More Races, 0.218% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (37.9%), followed by White Female (21.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.93%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley, both undergraduate and graduate, is 919 students. The full-time enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is 739 and the part-time enrollment is 180. This means that 80.4% of students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    542

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    129

  3. Asian

    78

The enrolled student population at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is 59% White, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 8.49% Asian, 5.77% Black or African American, 3.81% Two or More Races, 0.218% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 58 students (6.31%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 19 more women than men received degrees from Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley. The majority of degree recipients at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are white (74 degrees awarded). There were 4.63 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (16 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is General Business (24 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (21 degrees) and Business & Corporate Communications (15 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Psychology (22 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (13 degrees), and Business (43 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,175,062 people), Registered nurses (1,467,323 people), Accountants & auditors (1,161,736 people), Other managers (842,059 people), and Software developers (532,008 people).

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are Psychology (22 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (13 degrees), Business (43 degrees), Education (8 degrees), and Health (19 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Public relations specialists, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are Psychology (22 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (13 degrees), Business (43 degrees), Education (8 degrees), and Health (19 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are Elementary & secondary schools (3,543,198 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,972,494 people), Computer Systems Design (934,859 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (799,162 people), and Banking & related activities (596,421 people).

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley are Psychology (22 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (13 degrees), Business (43 degrees), Education (8 degrees), and Health (19 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Most Common

  1. 24 degrees awarded

  2. 21 degrees awarded

  3. 15 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley was General Business with 24 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 45

  2. 64

In 2017, 45 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley, which is 0.703 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (64).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 15 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley in General Business, which is 1.36 times more than the 11 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 17 degrees were awarded to women at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley in General Psychology, which is 4.25 times more than the 4 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%

100% Completion Time

50%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 28% of students graduating from Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Baccalaureate Colleges Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Male

Highest Graduation Rate (72.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is Male and Asian (72.7% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.758% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    74 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    16 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    8 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is white (74 degrees awarded). There were 4.63 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (16 degrees).

2.75% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    39 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    35 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    14 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley is white female (39 degrees awarded). There were 1.11 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (35 degrees).

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