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Materials Science and Engineering – Admissions Data

PHD 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Applications 354 337 405 402 416 393 300 321 291 244
Offers (% selectivity) 47 (13%) 55 (16%) 31 (8%) 46 (11%) 56 (13%) 54 (14%) 51 (17%) 57 (18%) 62 (21%) 50 (20%)
Accepts (% yield) 23 (49%) 40 (73%) 27 (87%) 28 (61%) 34 (61%) 39 (72%) 29 (57%) 34 (60%) 42 (68%) 36 (72%)
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Applications 130 157 224 250 184 182 198 141 130 97
Offers (% selectivity) 2 (2%) 6 (4%) 7 (3%) 2 (1%) 21 (11%) 52 (29%) 62 (31%) 93 (66%) 44 (34%) 30 (31%)
Accepts (% yield) 2 (100%) 6 (100%) 6 (86%) 2 (100%) 15 (71%) 25 (48%) 22 (35%) 30 (32%) 24 (55%) 7 (23%)


Materials Science and Engineering – 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) 154.65 (62%)
n=20
154.09 (60%)
n=41
155.00 (64%)
n=26
154.36 (63%)
n=28
154.15 (63%)
n=34
156.56 (72%)
n=36
154.29 (63%)
n=28
154.68 (64%)
n=28
157.00 (72%)
n=14
154.80 (66%)
n=5
Quantitative (P) 162.05 (82%)
n=20
164.70 (89%)
n=41
162.34 (82%)
n=26
161.96 (81%)
n=28
162.53 (80%)
n=34
162.72 (81%)
n=36
161.93 (78%)
n=28
163.29 (80%)
n=28
165.14 (84%)
n=14
165.60 (86%)
n=5
Analyt Writing (P) 3.40 (31%)
n=20
3.60 (40%)
n=41
3.70 (46%)
n=26
3.91 (52%)
n=28
3.66 (47%)
n=34
3.94 (57%)
n=36
3.79 (50%)
n=28
3.89 (52%)
n=28
3.82 (49%)
n=14
4.00 (57%)
n=5
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 151.80 (52%)
n=5
153.20 (55%)
n=5
c 149.42 (45%)
n=12
152.88 (57%)
n=17
152.44 (59%)
n=9
c 148.17 (39%)
n=6
-
Quantitative (P) c 157.40 (69%)
n=5
162.00 (80%)
n=5
c 160.83 (76%)
n=12
163.06 (82%)
n=17
160.56 (73%)
n=9
c 166.83 (90%)
n=6
-
Analyt Writing (P) c 3.40 (32%)
n=5
4.10 (61%)
n=5
c 3.25 (29%)
n=12
3.62 (44%)
n=17
3.83 (48%)
n=9
c 3.00 (18%)
n=6
-

*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


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 3.65
n=15
3.74
n=27
3.66
n=24
3.61
n=27
3.71
n=30
3.70
n=36
3.61
n=27
3.68
n=34
3.63
n=40
3.64
n=36
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
GPA c 3.67
n=5
3.67
n=6
c 3.57
n=11
3.45
n=17
3.44
n=10
3.43
n=9
3.41
n=19
3.66
n=7

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


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 20 42 27 28 34 36 28 34 40 36
Domestic 8 (40%) 19 (45%) 15 (56%) 21 (75%) 21 (62%) 26 (72%) 15 (54%) 20 (59%) 23 (57%) 20 (56%)
  Total URM * - 4 (10%) 4 (15%) 1 (4%) 4 (12%) 3 (8%) 5 (18%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 1 (3%)
    Black/Afr. Amer. -   1 (2%)   1 (4%) -   2 (6%)   1 (3%)   1 (4%) - -   1 (3%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - -   1 (4%) - -   1 (3%) - - - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino -   3 (7%)   2 (7%)   1 (4%)   2 (6%)   1 (3%)   4 (14%)   1 (3%)   2 (5%) -
  Asian 2 (10%) 2 (5%) 3 (11%) 1 (4%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 1 (4%) 3 (9%) - 3 (8%)
  White 6 (30%) 13 (31%) 8 (30%) 18 (64%) 15 (44%) 21 (58%) 9 (32%) 16 (47%) 21 (53%) 16 (44%)
  Two or More - - - 1 (4%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) - - - -
  Unknown - - - - - - - - - -
International 12 (60%) 23 (55%) 12 (44%) 7 (25%) 13 (38%) 10 (28%) 13 (46%) 14 (41%) 17 (43%) 16 (44%)
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total New Enrl 2 5 6 2 12 17 10 9 19 7
Domestic c 3 (60%) 4 (67%) c 3 (25%) 7 (41%) 5 (50%) 7 (78%) 10 (53%) 3 (43%)
  Total URM * c - - c - 1 (6%) 1 (10%) 1 (11%) 2 (11%) -
    Black/Afr. Amer. c - - c - -   1 (10%) -   1 (5%) -
    Am. Ind./AK Native c - - c - - -   1 (11%) - -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. c - - c - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino c - - c -   1 (6%) - -   1 (5%) -
  Asian c - - c 1 (8%) 2 (12%) - 1 (11%) 1 (5%) -
  White c 2 (40%) 4 (67%) c 2 (17%) 4 (24%) 4 (40%) 4 (44%) 7 (37%) 3 (43%)
  Two or More c - - c - - - - - -
  Unknown c 1 (20%) - c - - - 1 (11%) - -
International c 2 (40%) 2 (33%) c 9 (75%) 10 (59%) 5 (50%) 2 (22%) 9 (47%) 4 (57%)

*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 7 (35%) 7 (17%) 12 (44%) 5 (18%) 10 (29%) 6 (17%) 11 (39%) 10 (29%) 16 (40%) 13 (36%)
Male 13 (65%) 35 (83%) 15 (56%) 23 (82%) 24 (71%) 30 (83%) 17 (61%) 24 (71%) 24 (60%) 23 (64%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 20 42 27 28 34 36 28 34 40 36
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female c - 1 (17%) c 3 (25%) 2 (12%) 2 (20%) 3 (33%) 3 (16%) 2 (29%)
Male c 5 (100%) 5 (83%) c 9 (75%) 15 (88%) 8 (80%) 6 (67%) 16 (84%) 5 (71%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity c - - c - - - - - -
Total 2 5 6 2 12 17 10 9 19 7

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


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 132 155 148 157 168 175 183 187 193 189
MS 12 14 20 13 21 32 34 27 32 34


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 132 155 148 157 168 175 183 187 193 189
Domestic 70 (53%) 80 (52%) 72 (49%) 79 (50%) 88 (52%) 104 (59%) 106 (58%) 109 (58%) 113 (59%) 106 (56%)
  Total URM * 9 (7%) 11 (7%) 13 (9%) 13 (8%) 16 (10%) 16 (9%) 19 (10%) 15 (8%) 15 (8%) 11 (6%)
    Black/Afr. Amer.   4 (3%)   4 (3%)   4 (3%)   4 (3%)   5 (3%)   5 (3%)   6 (3%)   4 (2%)   3 (2%)   4 (2%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - -   1 (1%)   1 (1%)   1 (1%)   2 (1%)   2 (1%)   2 (1%)   1 (1%)   1 (1%)
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is.   2 (2%)   1 (1%)   1 (1%) - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino   3 (2%)   6 (4%)   7 (5%)   8 (5%)   10 (6%)   9 (5%)   11 (6%)   9 (5%)   11 (6%)   6 (3%)
  Asian 5 (4%) 8 (5%) 8 (5%) 7 (4%) 7 (4%) 9 (5%) 7 (4%) 11 (6%) 10 (5%) 11 (6%)
  White 52 (39%) 58 (37%) 49 (33%) 58 (37%) 63 (38%) 76 (43%) 77 (42%) 81 (43%) 85 (44%) 83 (44%)
  Two or More - - - 1 (1%) 2 (1%) 3 (2%) 3 (2%) 2 (1%) 2 (1%) 1 (1%)
  Unknown 4 (3%) 3 (2%) 2 (1%) - - - - - 1 (1%) -
International 62 (47%) 75 (48%) 76 (51%) 78 (50%) 80 (48%) 71 (41%) 77 (42%) 78 (42%) 80 (41%) 83 (44%)
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Total Enrl 12 14 20 13 21 32 34 27 32 34
Domestic 7 (58%) 7 (50%) 12 (60%) 11 (85%) 8 (38%) 11 (34%) 17 (50%) 19 (70%) 19 (59%) 18 (53%)
  Total URM * - - 1 (5%) 1 (8%) 1 (5%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 3 (11%) 3 (9%) 2 (6%)
    Black/Afr. Amer. - - - - - -   1 (3%)   2 (7%)   1 (3%)   1 (3%)
    Am. Ind./AK Native - - - - - - -   1 (4%)   1 (3%) -
    Hawaiian/Pac. Is. - - - - - - - - - -
    Hispanic/Latino - -   1 (5%)   1 (8%)   1 (5%)   1 (3%)   2 (6%) -   1 (3%)   1 (3%)
  Asian 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) 1 (8%) 1 (5%) 4 (13%) 2 (6%) 1 (4%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%)
  White 5 (42%) 5 (36%) 8 (40%) 7 (54%) 6 (29%) 6 (19%) 12 (35%) 14 (52%) 13 (41%) 15 (44%)
  Two or More - - - - - - - - - -
  Unknown 1 (8%) 2 (14%) 2 (10%) 2 (15%) - - - 1 (4%) 1 (3%) -
International 5 (42%) 7 (50%) 8 (40%) 2 (15%) 13 (62%) 21 (66%) 17 (50%) 8 (30%) 13 (41%) 16 (47%)

*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 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 30 (23%) 33 (21%) 40 (27%) 38 (24%) 43 (26%) 41 (23%) 45 (25%) 50 (27%) 52 (27%) 54 (29%)
Male 102 (77%) 122 (79%) 108 (73%) 119 (76%) 125 (74%) 134 (77%) 138 (75%) 137 (73%) 141 (73%) 135 (71%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 132 155 148 157 168 175 183 187 193 189
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Female 4 (33%) 2 (14%) 3 (15%) 1 (8%) 6 (29%) 6 (19%) 6 (18%) 6 (22%) 8 (25%) 7 (21%)
Male 8 (67%) 12 (86%) 17 (85%) 12 (92%) 15 (71%) 26 (81%) 28 (82%) 21 (78%) 24 (75%) 27 (79%)
Nonbinary or other legal identity - - - - - - - - - -
Total 12 14 20 13 21 32 34 27 32 34

"-" indicates n=0


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 12 27 20 20 25 15 31 31 30 27
MS 8 11 9 7 11 16 20 18 11 23


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 * 4.3 5.3 5.3 4.7 5 5.3 5 5 5.3 5
First Enrollment 4.3 5.3 5.3 5 5.3 5.3 5 5.3 5.3 5
Number (n) n=12 n=27 n=20 n=20 n=25 n=15 n=31 n=31 n=30 n=27
MS 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
In Major/Degree * 2.3 3 2.4 2.3 2 1.4 1 2.1 1 1
First Enrollment 2.3 3 2.4 2.3 2 1.4 1 2.1 1 1
Number (n) n=8 n=11 n=9 n=7 n=11 n=16 n=20 n=18 n=11 n=23

*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.


Materials Science and Engineering – 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 23 - - 3 3 7 2 1 - - 16 70%
2014/15 Cohort 46 - - 5 4 18 7 1 - 35 76%
2015/16 Cohort 31 - 1 - 9 12 4 1 27 87%
2016/17 Cohort 34 - - 1 8 17 2 28 82%
2017/18 Cohort 35 - - 2 7 13 22 63%
2018/19 Cohort 39 - 1 - 9 10 26%
2019/20 Cohort 31 - 1 1 2 6%
2020/21 Cohort 40 - 1 1 3%
2021/22 Cohort 44 - - -
2022/23 Cohort 39
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 8 6 1 - - - - - - - 7 88%
2014/15 Cohort 11 4 2 - - - - - - 6 55%
2015/16 Cohort 15 9 3 1 - - - - 13 87%
2016/17 Cohort 5 3 1 - - - - 4 80%
2017/18 Cohort 19 16 1 1 - - 18 95%
2018/19 Cohort 22 20 1 - - 21 95%
2019/20 Cohort 16 13 2 - 15 94%
2020/21 Cohort 15 12 1 13 87%
2021/22 Cohort 22 18 18 82%
2022/23 Cohort 16

"-" indicates n=0

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(Last updated 8/5/2023)