Board of Trustees

Record number of students to attend Penn State in fall

University Park will see 8,900 new students on campus in the fall. The 2016-17 incoming class will be Penn State’s largest.
University Park will see 8,900 new students on campus in the fall. The 2016-17 incoming class will be Penn State’s largest. Centre Daily Times, file

Penn State has long been one of the top places where high school seniors submit an application.

In the fall, more of those students than ever will be coming to campus.

According to Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education Robert Pangborn, the applications came in higher than ever, topping 130,000.

But some of those are weeded out in the process. After acceptances were sent out, the university still had record numbers.

Pangborn told trustees in an academic affairs and student life committee meeting Thursday that more than 18,000 paid acceptances have been received. That number is 250 more than the previous record in 2014.

Almost half of those students will be coming to University Park. Pangborn said 8,900 of the students will be in Centre County.

The influx into the Centre Region might have been even higher but some of those students were offered financial incentives to go to a Commonwealth Campus for one year before transferring to University Park for the rest of their undergraduate program. That financial incentive comes aside from the tuition difference. The finance committee heard a proposal for tuition increase at University Park and some other Commonwealth Campuses, while eight will see the price tag remain frozen.

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