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Geosciences – Admissions Data

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Applications 95 141 95 80 106 120 121 90 93 92
Offers (% selectivity) 11 (12%) 9 (6%) 25 (26%) 19 (24%) 16 (15%) 20 (17%) 22 (18%) 25 (28%) 21 (23%) 22 (24%)
Accepts (% yield) 11 (100%) 9 (100%) 13 (52%) 13 (68%) 8 (50%) 10 (50%) 12 (55%) 10 (40%) 14 (67%) 9 (41%)
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Applications 97 104 102 103 120 121 95 70 68 56
Offers (% selectivity) 8 (8%) 11 (11%) 25 (25%) 21 (20%) 14 (12%) 12 (10%) 12 (13%) 12 (17%) 12 (18%) 10 (18%)
Accepts (% yield) 8 (100%) 11 (100%) 20 (80%) 19 (90%) 13 (93%) 8 (67%) 8 (67%) 8 (67%) 8 (67%) 7 (70%)

(Last updated 07/21/2021)


Geosciences – Average GRE Scores for New Enrollees*

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Analytical (P) - - - - - - - - - -
Verbal (P) 159.90 (83%)
n=11
160.70 (83%)
n=10
157.50 (74%)
n=8
158.66 (77%)
n=9
159.12 (79%)
n=8
157.44 (72%)
n=9
159.92 (82%)
n=12
157.36 (73%)
n=11
159.43 (81%)
n=14
159.50 (78%)
n=8
Quantitative (P) 159.45 (81%)
n=11
160.80 (83%)
n=10
158.00 (71%)
n=8
156.55 (66%)
n=9
159.50 (75%)
n=8
160.00 (76%)
n=9
164.83 (88%)
n=12
160.18 (74%)
n=11
159.43 (70%)
n=14
159.50 (69%)
n=8
Analyt Writing (P) 4.70 (71%)
n=11
4.20 (54%)
n=10
3.80 (44%)
n=8
4.10 (61%)
n=9
4.60 (84%)
n=8
4.06 (60%)
n=9
4.00 (57%)
n=12
4.14 (63%)
n=11
4.43 (73%)
n=14
4.75 (81%)
n=8
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Analytical (P) - - - - - - - - - -
Verbal (P) 159.12 (80%)
n=8
161.70 (86%)
n=10
156.41 (70%)
n=17
156.42 (69%)
n=14
157.76 (75%)
n=13
157.13 (70%)
n=8
161.88 (88%)
n=8
158.00 (76%)
n=8
156.50 (72%)
n=8
155.50 (69%)
n=6
Quantitative (P) 158.25 (78%)
n=8
161.00 (85%)
n=10
158.05 (73%)
n=17
157.28 (67%)
n=14
156.84 (65%)
n=13
156.38 (64%)
n=8
156.88 (65%)
n=8
157.13 (64%)
n=8
154.00 (53%)
n=8
158.00 (66%)
n=6
Analyt Writing (P) 4.10 (54%)
n=8
4.30 (60%)
n=10
4.30 (64%)
n=17
3.70 (44%)
n=14
4.20 (66%)
n=13
3.88 (52%)
n=8
4.56 (73%)
n=8
4.44 (75%)
n=8
4.13 (61%)
n=8
3.92 (54%)
n=6

(Last updated 07/21/2021)

*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
"-" indicates n=0


Geosciences – Jr/Sr GPA for New Enrollees

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
GPA 3.68
n=11
3.61
n=6
3.74
n=7
3.68
n=7
3.79
n=8
3.62
n=9
3.77
n=11
3.66
n=11
3.70
n=14
3.74
n=9
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
GPA 3.67
n=8
3.69
n=9
3.54
n=18
3.50
n=14
3.62
n=13
3.83
n=7
3.57
n=8
3.71
n=8
3.65
n=8
3.66
n=7

(Last updated 07/21/2021)


Geosciences – Demographics for New Enrollees

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Total New Enrl 11 10 8 9 8 9 12 11 14 9
Domestic 11 (100%) 5 (50%) 6 (75%) 7 (78%) 8 (100%) 4 (44%) 7 (58%) 8 (73%) 11 (79%) 8 (89%)
  Total URM * 1 (9%) 1 (10%) 2 (25%) - - - - 1 (9%) 2 (14%) -
    Black/Afr. Amer. - - - - - - - - - -
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - - -   1 (7%) -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino   1 (9%)   1 (10%)   2 (25%) - - - -   1 (9%)   1 (7%) -
  Asian - 1 (10%) - 1 (11%) - - - - - 2 (22%)
  White 9 (82%) 3 (30%) 4 (50%) 6 (67%) 7 (88%) 4 (44%) 7 (58%) 6 (55%) 8 (57%) 6 (67%)
  Two or More - - - - 1 (13%) - - - 1 (7%) -
  Unknown 1 (9%) - - - - - - 1 (9%) - -
International - 5 (50%) 2 (25%) 2 (22%) - 5 (56%) 5 (42%) 3 (27%) 3 (21%) 1 (11%)
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Total New Enrl 8 10 17 14 13 8 8 8 8 7
Domestic 8 (100%) 9 (90%) 16 (94%) 14 (100%) 13 (100%) 8 (100%) 8 (100%) 7 (88%) 8 (100%) 7 (100%)
  Total URM * 1 (13%) 2 (20%) 3 (18%) 5 (36%) 2 (15%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 2 (29%)
    Black/Afr. Amer.   1 (13%) -   1 (6%)   1 (7%) -   2 (25%) -   1 (13%)   1 (13%) -
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - - - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - -   1 (14%)
    Hispanic/Latino -   2 (20%)   2 (12%)   4 (29%)   2 (15%)   3 (38%)   2 (25%)   1 (13%)   2 (25%)   1 (14%)
  Asian - 1 (10%) - - 1 (8%) - - 1 (13%) - -
  White 6 (75%) 6 (60%) 13 (76%) 9 (64%) 9 (69%) 3 (38%) 6 (75%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%) 5 (71%)
  Two or More 1 (13%) - - - 1 (8%) - - - 1 (13%) -
  Unknown - - - - - - - - - -
International - 1 (10%) 1 (6%) - - - - 1 (13%) - -

(Last updated 07/21/2021)

*URM: Underrepresented Minorities
Two or More: Applicant selected more than one race/ethnicity.
Unknown: Applicant chose not to disclose race/ethnicity information.
"-" indicates n=0

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Female 5 (45%) 4 (40%) 8 (100%) 7 (78%) 5 (63%) 4 (44%) 7 (58%) 5 (45%) 6 (43%) 6 (67%)
Male 6 (55%) 6 (60%) - 2 (22%) 3 (38%) 5 (56%) 5 (42%) 6 (55%) 8 (57%) 3 (33%)
Total 11 10 8 9 8 9 12 11 14 9
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Female 3 (38%) 4 (40%) 8 (47%) 2 (14%) 7 (54%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%) 5 (63%) 4 (50%) 4 (57%)
Male 5 (63%) 6 (60%) 9 (53%) 12 (86%) 6 (46%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%) 3 (43%)
Total 8 10 17 14 13 8 8 8 8 7

(Last updated 07/21/2021)

"-" indicates n=0


Geosciences – Total Enrollments by Degree

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
PHD 72 62 63 62 54 62 58 59 66 65
MS 31 27 36 43 35 27 19 23 22 21

(Last updated 07/21/2021)


Geosciences – Total Enrollments by Demographic

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Total Enrl 72 62 63 62 54 62 58 59 66 65
Domestic 58 (81%) 46 (74%) 47 (75%) 45 (73%) 42 (78%) 45 (73%) 41 (71%) 41 (69%) 48 (73%) 46 (71%)
  Total URM * 6 (8%) 5 (8%) 8 (13%) 7 (11%) 4 (7%) 5 (8%) 4 (7%) 3 (5%) 5 (8%) 5 (8%)
    Black/Afr. Amer. - -   1 (2%)   1 (2%) -   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native   1 (1%)   1 (2%) - - - - - -   1 (2%)   1 (2%)
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino   5 (7%)   4 (6%)   7 (11%)   6 (10%)   4 (7%)   4 (6%)   3 (5%)   2 (3%)   3 (5%)   3 (5%)
  Asian - 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 2 (3%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 3 (5%)
  White 47 (65%) 36 (58%) 36 (57%) 35 (56%) 34 (63%) 37 (60%) 36 (62%) 36 (61%) 40 (61%) 37 (57%)
  Two or More - - - - 1 (2%) - - - 1 (2%) 1 (2%)
  Unknown 5 (7%) 4 (6%) 3 (5%) 2 (3%) 2 (4%) 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) 1 (2%) -
International 14 (19%) 16 (26%) 16 (25%) 17 (27%) 12 (22%) 17 (27%) 17 (29%) 18 (31%) 18 (27%) 19 (29%)
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Total Enrl 31 27 36 43 35 27 19 23 22 21
Domestic 28 (90%) 26 (96%) 33 (92%) 39 (91%) 35 (100%) 27 (100%) 19 (100%) 22 (96%) 19 (86%) 20 (95%)
  Total URM * 2 (6%) 6 (22%) 6 (17%) 9 (21%) 8 (23%) 10 (37%) 6 (32%) 5 (22%) 6 (27%) 7 (33%)
    Black/Afr. Amer.   2 (6%)   1 (4%)   2 (6%)   2 (5%)   1 (3%)   3 (11%)   1 (5%)   2 (9%)   2 (9%)   2 (10%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - - - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - -   1 (5%)
    Hispanic/Latino -   5 (19%)   4 (11%)   7 (16%)   7 (20%)   7 (26%)   5 (26%)   3 (13%)   4 (18%)   4 (19%)
  Asian - 1 (4%) 2 (6%) 1 (2%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) - 1 (4%) 1 (5%) -
  White 24 (77%) 18 (67%) 24 (67%) 28 (65%) 25 (71%) 15 (56%) 13 (68%) 16 (70%) 10 (45%) 12 (57%)
  Two or More 1 (3%) 1 (4%) 1 (3%) 1 (2%) 1 (3%) - - - 1 (5%) 1 (5%)
  Unknown 1 (3%) - - - - - - - 1 (5%) -
International 3 (10%) 1 (4%) 3 (8%) 4 (9%) - - - 1 (4%) 3 (14%) 1 (5%)

(Last updated 07/21/2021)

*URM: Underrepresented Minorities
Two or More: Applicant selected more than one race/ethnicity.
Unknown: Applicant chose not to disclose race/ethnicity information.
"-" indicates n=0

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Female 33 (46%) 29 (47%) 34 (54%) 36 (58%) 29 (54%) 31 (50%) 31 (53%) 33 (56%) 33 (50%) 34 (52%)
Male 39 (54%) 33 (53%) 29 (46%) 26 (42%) 25 (46%) 31 (50%) 27 (47%) 26 (44%) 33 (50%) 31 (48%)
Total 72 62 63 62 54 62 58 59 66 65
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Female 11 (35%) 10 (37%) 15 (42%) 14 (33%) 15 (43%) 10 (37%) 10 (53%) 13 (57%) 12 (55%) 11 (52%)
Male 20 (65%) 17 (63%) 21 (58%) 29 (67%) 20 (57%) 17 (63%) 9 (47%) 10 (43%) 10 (45%) 10 (48%)
Total 31 27 36 43 35 27 19 23 22 21

(Last updated 07/21/2021)


Geosciences – Total Degrees Conferred by Degree

GEOSC 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 * 2017/18 * 2018/19 * 2019/20 * 2020/21 *
PHD 11 4 10 12 7
MS 15 19 8 15 20
Total 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
PHD 11 4 10 12 7 14 10 7 9 8
MS 15 19 8 15 20 16 12 10 10 8

(Last updated 10/26/2021)

"-" indicates n=0


Geosciences – Median Time to Degree (years)

PHD 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
In Major/Degree * 5.7 4.7 5.7 5 5.3 5.5 5 5 5.3 5
First Enrollment 5.7 6.1 6.2 6.2 6 5.7 6 5.3 5.3 5.2
Number (n) n=11 n=4 n=10 n=12 n=7 n=14 n=10 n=7 n=9 n=8
MS 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
In Major/Degree * 2.3 2.4 2.9 2.6 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3
First Enrollment 2.3 2.4 2.9 2.7 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3
Number (n) n=15 n=19 n=8 n=15 n=20 n=15 n=12 n=10 n=10 n=8

(Last updated 10/27/2021)

*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.


Geosciences – 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
2011/12 Cohort 14 - - - 2 6 3 - - - 11 79%
2012/13 Cohort 10 - - - 3 3 - - - 6 60%
2013/14 Cohort 13 - - - 3 4 1 - 8 62%
2014/15 Cohort 10 - - - 3 3 1 7 70%
2015/16 Cohort 9 - - - 4 4 8 89%
2016/17 Cohort 11 - - - 3 3 27%
2017/18 Cohort 16 - - - - -
2018/19 Cohort 11 - - - -
2019/20 Cohort 16 - - -
2020/21 Cohort 12
MS #Started 1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 7 years 8 years 9 years Total Completed % Completed
2011/12 Cohort 8 1 4 2 1 - - - - - 8 100%
2012/13 Cohort 18 5 10 - - - - - - 15 83%
2013/14 Cohort 24 3 15 2 - - - - 20 83%
2014/15 Cohort 15 2 9 2 - - 1 14 93%
2015/16 Cohort 14 3 9 2 - - 14 100%
2016/17 Cohort 10 2 5 1 - 8 80%
2017/18 Cohort 9 2 6 - 8 89%
2018/19 Cohort 11 3 4 7 64%
2019/20 Cohort 12 4 4 33%
2020/21 Cohort 7

(Last updated 10/27/2021)

"-" indicates n=0

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