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Information Science – Admissions Data

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Applications 35 17 31 36 33 34 30 24 29 40
Offers (% selectivity) 31 (89%) 13 (76%) 21 (68%) 26 (72%) 19 (58%) 21 (62%) 21 (70%) 17 (71%) 21 (72%) 20 (50%)
Accepts (% yield) 26 (84%) 11 (85%) 20 (95%) 23 (88%) 18 (95%) 21 (100%) 18 (86%) 8 (47%) 13 (62%) 8 (40%)


Information Science – Average GRE Scores for New Enrollees*

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) c c c c c c - - c c
Quantitative (P) c c c c c c - - c c
Analyt Writing (P) c 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


Information Science – Average GMAT Scores for New Enrollees

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total (P) * c - c - - - - - - -
Verbal (P) * c - c - - - - - - -
Quantitative (P) * c - c - - - - - - -
Analyt Writing (P) * c - c - - - - - - -

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


Information Science – Jr/Sr GPA for New Enrollees

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
GPA 3.28
n=15
2.94
n=6
3.44
n=8
3.32
n=15
3.32
n=15
3.23
n=18
3.24
n=13
3.27
n=6
3.09
n=5
3.65
n=6


Information Science – Demographics for New Enrollees

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total New Enrl 19 8 15 17 17 18 13 6 5 6
Domestic 17 (89%) 8 (100%) 10 (67%) 13 (76%) 15 (88%) 11 (61%) 12 (92%) 4 (67%) 4 (80%) 4 (67%)
  Total URM * 3 (16%) - 2 (13%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 1 (6%) 1 (8%) - 2 (40%) 1 (17%)
    Black/Afr. Amer.   2 (11%) -   1 (7%)   2 (12%)   2 (12%)   1 (6%)   1 (8%) -   2 (40%)   1 (17%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - - - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino   1 (5%) -   1 (7%) -   1 (6%) - - - - -
  Asian 2 (11%) 2 (25%) 4 (27%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 6 (33%) 2 (15%) 4 (67%) 1 (20%) 2 (33%)
  White 11 (58%) 6 (75%) 3 (20%) 8 (47%) 7 (41%) 4 (22%) 9 (69%) - 1 (20%) 1 (17%)
  Two or More 1 (5%) - 1 (7%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) - - - - -
  Unknown - - - - - - - - - -
International 2 (11%) - 5 (33%) 4 (24%) 2 (12%) 7 (39%) 1 (8%) 2 (33%) 1 (20%) 2 (33%)

*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

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 3 (16%) 1 (13%) 6 (40%) 4 (24%) 9 (53%) 10 (56%) 6 (46%) 2 (33%) 3 (60%) 3 (50%)
Male 16 (84%) 7 (88%) 9 (60%) 13 (76%) 8 (47%) 8 (44%) 7 (54%) 4 (67%) 2 (40%) 3 (50%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 19 8 15 17 17 18 13 6 5 6

"-" indicates n=0


Information Science – Total Enrollments by Degree

2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
MS 81 67 65 80 60 51 52 25 20 18


Information Science – Total Enrollments by Demographic

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total Enrl 81 67 65 80 60 51 52 25 20 18
Domestic 78 (96%) 66 (99%) 53 (82%) 63 (79%) 52 (87%) 44 (86%) 44 (85%) 21 (84%) 18 (90%) 14 (78%)
  Total URM * 9 (11%) 6 (9%) 5 (8%) 7 (9%) 7 (12%) 4 (8%) 5 (10%) 3 (12%) 4 (20%) 4 (22%)
    Black/Afr. Amer.   6 (7%)   6 (9%)   4 (6%)   6 (8%)   5 (8%)   3 (6%)   4 (8%)   2 (8%)   4 (20%)   4 (22%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - - - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - -   1 (4%) - -
    Hispanic/Latino   3 (4%) -   1 (2%)   1 (1%)   2 (3%)   1 (2%)   1 (2%) - - -
  Asian 11 (14%) 11 (16%) 13 (20%) 17 (21%) 17 (28%) 14 (27%) 14 (27%) 10 (40%) 9 (45%) 6 (33%)
  White 55 (68%) 44 (66%) 30 (46%) 37 (46%) 26 (43%) 24 (47%) 24 (46%) 8 (32%) 5 (25%) 4 (22%)
  Two or More 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 2 (3%) 1 (1%) 2 (3%) 2 (4%) 1 (2%) - - -
  Unknown 2 (2%) 4 (6%) 3 (5%) 1 (1%) - - - - - -
International 3 (4%) 1 (1%) 12 (18%) 17 (21%) 8 (13%) 7 (14%) 8 (15%) 4 (16%) 2 (10%) 4 (22%)

*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

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 17 (21%) 11 (16%) 16 (25%) 22 (28%) 17 (28%) 18 (35%) 21 (40%) 10 (40%) 9 (45%) 8 (44%)
Male 64 (79%) 56 (84%) 49 (75%) 58 (73%) 43 (72%) 33 (65%) 31 (60%) 15 (60%) 11 (55%) 10 (56%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 67 65 80 60 51 52 25 20 18

"-" indicates n=0


Information Science – 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
MS 22 22 7 33 23 12 24 10 7 4


Information Science – Median Time to Degree (years)

MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
In Major/Degree * 3.4 3.5 4 3 2.4 2.9 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.3
First Enrollment 3.5 3.5 4 3 3.3 2.9 2.3 2.5 2.7 2.3
Number (n) n=22 n=22 n=7 n=33 n=23 n=12 n=24 n=10 n=7 n=4

*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.


Information Science – Degree Completion, GV Campus

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 26 2 1 10 3 1 - 2 1 - 20 77%
2014/15 Cohort 9 - 5 1 - - - - - 6 67%
2015/16 Cohort 25 9 9 1 2 1 - - 22 88%
2016/17 Cohort 20 5 5 5 - - - 15 75%
2017/18 Cohort 17 2 9 1 - - 12 71%
2018/19 Cohort 18 7 4 - 1 12 67%
2019/20 Cohort 14 2 5 1 8 57%
2020/21 Cohort 6 1 - 1 17%
2021/22 Cohort 6 2 2 33%
2022/23 Cohort 6

"-" indicates n=0

Logic for Program Review Metrics

(Last updated 8/5/2023)