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Geography – Admissions Data

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Applications 70 86 77 113 74 65 56 62 83 61
Offers (% selectivity) 11 (16%) 9 (10%) 12 (16%) 21 (19%) 14 (19%) 12 (18%) 13 (23%) 17 (27%) 20 (24%) 13 (21%)
Accepts (% yield) 5 (45%) 6 (67%) 10 (83%) 13 (62%) 7 (50%) 7 (58%) 7 (54%) 9 (53%) 14 (70%) 7 (54%)
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Applications 77 76 67 75 48 56 43 41 28 28
Offers (% selectivity) 8 (10%) 6 (8%) 3 (4%) 5 (7%) 8 (17%) 3 (5%) 2 (5%) 4 (10%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%)
Accepts (% yield) 8 (100%) 5 (83%) 3 (100%) 1 (20%) 4 (50%) 2 (67%) 1 (50%) 4 (100%) 2 (100%) 2 (100%)


Geography – Average GRE Scores for New Enrollees*

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Analytical (P) - - - - - - - - - -
Verbal (P) 163.20 (90%)
n=5
162.80 (89%)
n=5
157.90 (72%)
n=10
155.62 (67%)
n=13
153.57 (59%)
n=7
159.57 (82%)
n=7
158.86 (78%)
n=7
161.63 (87%)
n=8
c -
Quantitative (P) 162.20 (84%)
n=5
153.60 (57%)
n=5
157.80 (68%)
n=10
160.62 (77%)
n=13
152.57 (49%)
n=7
158.00 (68%)
n=7
155.29 (57%)
n=7
159.38 (70%)
n=8
c -
Analyt Writing (P) 4.50 (68%)
n=5
4.70 (80%)
n=5
3.90 (53%)
n=10
3.58 (40%)
n=13
3.86 (54%)
n=7
4.14 (65%)
n=7
3.86 (54%)
n=7
4.75 (84%)
n=8
c -
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Analytical (P) - - - - - - - - - -
Verbal (P) 157.00 (72%)
n=8
157.00 (67%)
n=5
c c c c c c c -
Quantitative (P) 157.00 (72%)
n=8
154.40 (58%)
n=5
c c c c c c c -
Analyt Writing (P) 4.40 (65%)
n=8
4.20 (59%)
n=5
c c c c c c c -

*GRE tests taken on or after August 1st, 2011 are scored according the following scale:
    Verbal Reasoning: 130 - 170, 1 point increments
    Quantitative Reasoning: 130 - 170, 1 point increments
    Analytical Writing: 0 - 6, half point increments
  For tests taken prior to August 1st, 2011, scores were converted to the new scale accordingly.
P = Percentile Ranking
c = data not displayed because n is too small to protect confidentiality of the student data
"-" indicates n=0


Geography – Jr/Sr GPA for New Enrollees

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
GPA 3.79
n=5
c 3.79
n=8
3.59
n=13
3.60
n=7
3.50
n=7
3.51
n=7
3.70
n=8
3.57
n=14
3.69
n=7
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
GPA 3.89
n=8
3.68
n=5
c c c c c c 3.51
n=8
c

c = data not displayed because n is too small to protect confidentiality of the student data


Geography – Demographics for New Enrollees

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total New Enrl 5 6 10 13 7 7 7 8 14 7
Domestic 4 (80%) 5 (83%) 7 (70%) 6 (46%) 5 (71%) 4 (57%) 4 (57%) 7 (88%) 5 (36%) 5 (71%)
  Total URM * - 1 (17%) 2 (20%) - 1 (14%) - 1 (14%) - 1 (7%) -
    Black/Afr. Amer. - - - - - - - -   1 (7%) -
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - -   1 (14%) - - - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino -   1 (17%)   2 (20%) - - -   1 (14%) - - -
  Asian - - - - 1 (14%) - - - - 2 (29%)
  White 4 (80%) 3 (50%) 4 (40%) 5 (38%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%) 6 (75%) 3 (21%) 3 (43%)
  Two or More - 1 (17%) - - - 1 (14%) - 1 (13%) 1 (7%) -
  Unknown - - 1 (10%) 1 (8%) - - 1 (14%) - - -
International 1 (20%) 1 (17%) 3 (30%) 7 (54%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 1 (13%) 9 (64%) 2 (29%)
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total New Enrl 8 5 3 1 4 1 1 4 8 2
Domestic 8 (100%) 4 (80%) c c c c c c 6 (75%) c
  Total URM * - - c c c c c c 2 (25%) c
    Black/Afr. Amer. - - c c c c c c   1 (13%) c
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - c c c c c c - c
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - c c c c c c - c
    Hispanic/Latino - - c c c c c c   1 (13%) c
  Asian - - c c c c c c - c
  White 7 (88%) 4 (80%) c c c c c c 4 (50%) c
  Two or More - - c c c c c c - c
  Unknown 1 (13%) - c c c c c c - c
International - 1 (20%) c c c c c c 2 (25%) c

*URM: Underrepresented Minorities
Two or More: Applicant selected more than one race/ethnicity.
Unknown: Applicant chose not to disclose race/ethnicity information.
c = data not displayed because n is too small to protect confidentiality of the student data
"-" indicates n=0

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 2 (40%) 4 (67%) 8 (80%) 6 (46%) 5 (71%) 4 (57%) 5 (71%) 5 (63%) 8 (57%) 5 (71%)
Male 3 (60%) 2 (33%) 2 (20%) 7 (54%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%) 3 (38%) 6 (43%) 2 (29%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 5 6 10 13 7 7 7 8 14 7
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 5 (63%) 3 (60%) c c c c c c 4 (50%) c
Male 3 (38%) 2 (40%) c c c c c c 4 (50%) c
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - c c c c c c - c
Total 8 5 3 1 4 1 1 4 8 2

c = data not displayed because n is too small to protect confidentiality of the student data
"-" indicates n=0


Geography – Total Enrollments by Degree

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
PHD 60 60 59 69 63 53 46 48 55 47
MS 17 18 12 6 14 7 3 6 19 17


Geography – Total Enrollments by Demographic

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total Enrl 60 60 59 69 63 53 46 48 55 47
Domestic 49 (82%) 48 (80%) 48 (81%) 50 (72%) 46 (73%) 36 (68%) 28 (61%) 30 (63%) 31 (56%) 27 (57%)
  Total URM * 2 (3%) 3 (5%) 3 (5%) 4 (6%) 5 (8%) 4 (8%) 4 (9%) 2 (4%) 2 (4%) 2 (4%)
    Black/Afr. Amer.   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   1 (1%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%) -   1 (2%)   2 (4%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - -   2 (3%)   3 (5%)   2 (4%)   1 (2%) - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino   1 (2%)   2 (3%)   2 (3%)   1 (1%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   2 (4%)   2 (4%)   1 (2%) -
  Asian - - - - 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 3 (6%)
  White 44 (73%) 41 (68%) 38 (64%) 40 (58%) 34 (54%) 27 (51%) 19 (41%) 22 (46%) 23 (42%) 18 (38%)
  Two or More 1 (2%) 2 (3%) 2 (3%) - - 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 2 (4%) 3 (5%) 3 (6%)
  Unknown 2 (3%) 2 (3%) 5 (8%) 6 (9%) 6 (10%) 3 (6%) 3 (7%) 3 (6%) 2 (4%) 1 (2%)
International 11 (18%) 12 (20%) 11 (19%) 19 (28%) 17 (27%) 17 (32%) 18 (39%) 18 (38%) 24 (44%) 20 (43%)
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total Enrl 17 18 12 6 14 7 3 6 19 17
Domestic 16 (94%) 17 (94%) 9 (75%) 3 (50%) 11 (79%) 5 (71%) c 5 (83%) 16 (84%) 14 (82%)
  Total URM * - - 1 (8%) - - - c - 2 (11%) 2 (12%)
    Black/Afr. Amer. - - - - - - c -   1 (5%)   1 (6%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - c - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - c - - -
    Hispanic/Latino - -   1 (8%) - - - c -   1 (5%)   1 (6%)
  Asian - - - - 2 (14%) 2 (29%) c - - -
  White 15 (88%) 16 (89%) 7 (58%) 3 (50%) 8 (57%) 3 (43%) c 4 (67%) 12 (63%) 10 (59%)
  Two or More - - 1 (8%) - - - c 1 (17%) 2 (11%) 2 (12%)
  Unknown 1 (6%) 1 (6%) - - 1 (7%) - c - - -
International 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (25%) 3 (50%) 3 (21%) 2 (29%) c 1 (17%) 3 (16%) 3 (18%)

*URM: Underrepresented Minorities
Two or More: Applicant selected more than one race/ethnicity.
Unknown: Applicant chose not to disclose race/ethnicity information.
c = data not displayed because n is too small to protect confidentiality of the student data
"-" indicates n=0

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 31 (52%) 34 (57%) 36 (61%) 42 (61%) 40 (63%) 32 (60%) 29 (63%) 30 (63%) 34 (62%) 32 (68%)
Male 29 (48%) 26 (43%) 23 (39%) 27 (39%) 23 (37%) 21 (40%) 17 (37%) 18 (38%) 21 (38%) 15 (32%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 60 59 69 63 53 46 48 55 47
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 8 (47%) 10 (56%) 5 (42%) 3 (50%) 6 (43%) 4 (57%) c 3 (50%) 9 (47%) 10 (59%)
Male 9 (53%) 8 (44%) 7 (58%) 3 (50%) 8 (57%) 3 (43%) c 3 (50%) 10 (53%) 7 (41%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - c - - -
Total 17 18 12 6 14 7 3 6 19 17

c = data not displayed because n is too small to protect confidentiality of the student data
"-" indicates n=0


Geography – Total Degrees Conferred by Degree

Total 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
PHD 5 8 6 10 11 9 8 3 15 7
MS 8 14 8 4 7 7 8 2 5 10


Geography – Median Time to Degree (years)

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
In Major/Degree * 5 5.7 5.2 4.7 5.7 5 5.2 5 5.3 6.3
First Enrollment 6 6 6.3 5.7 6 6.3 5.5 5 5.7 6.3
Number (n) n=5 n=8 n=6 n=10 n=11 n=9 n=8 n=3 n=15 n=7
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
In Major/Degree * 2 1.7 2 2 2 2 2 2 1.7 2
First Enrollment 2 1.7 2 2 2 2 2 2 1.7 2
Number (n) n=8 n=14 n=8 n=4 n=7 n=7 n=8 n=2 n=5 n=10

*In Major/Degree: The median time to degree in graduating major and degree at Penn State.
First Enrollment: The median time to degree based on the first enrollment as a graduate student at Penn State.


Geography – Degree Completion, UP Campus

PHD #Started 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years 8 years 9 years Total Completed % Completed
2013/14 Cohort 11 - 1 2 1 1 2 - - - 7 64%
2014/15 Cohort 7 - - - 2 2 - - - 4 57%
2015/16 Cohort 13 - 1 2 2 2 2 2 11 85%
2016/17 Cohort 14 - - 1 1 6 2 10 71%
2017/18 Cohort 9 - - - 4 2 6 67%
2018/19 Cohort 7 - - 1 - 1 14%
2019/20 Cohort 9 - - - - -
2020/21 Cohort 8 - - - -
2021/22 Cohort 14 - - -
2022/23 Cohort 8
MS #Started 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years 8 years 9 years Total Completed % Completed
2013/14 Cohort 10 6 4 - - - - - - - 10 100%
2014/15 Cohort 10 8 2 - - - - - - 10 100%
2015/16 Cohort 6 3 3 - - - - - 6 100%
2016/17 Cohort 1 - 1 - - - - 1 100%
2017/18 Cohort 12 8 4 - - - 12 100%
2018/19 Cohort 3 3 - - - 3 100%
2019/20 Cohort 4 3 1 - 4 100%
2020/21 Cohort 7 2 3 5 71%
2021/22 Cohort 15 11 11 73%
2022/23 Cohort 2

"-" indicates n=0

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(Last updated 8/5/2023)