Vision

Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education

Short Version of College Name

Penn College®

College Athletic Symbol
Athletic symbol is the Wildcat
College Colors
Penn College colors are blue and grey
College School Code

003395

Middle States Commission on Higher Education logo

Pennsylvania College of Technology is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) . Pennsylvania College of Technology’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on November 16, 2017 was to reaffirm accreditation.

MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). 2022 Self-Study

Fall 2021 Fast Facts

Enrollment
  • 4,240 Headcount
    (does not include all Penn College NOW students)
  • 3,917 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • 12.92% Minority students
  • 63.25% Males; 36.75% Females
  • 58,403 Credits
Student Status
  • 82.08% Full-time (average of 15.28 credit hours)
  • 17.92% Part-time (average of 6.90 credit hours)
Geographic Distribution
  1. North Central PA: 38.3%
    • Lycoming County: 20.7%
  2. Southeast PA: 21.5%
  3. Northeast PA: 15.0%
  4. Central PA: 11.7%
  5. Other States: 9.8%
    • New Jersey: 3.4%
    • New York: 1.9%
    • Maryland: 1.6%
    • Virginia: 0.5%
    • Connecticut: 0.5%
    • Other States: 1.9%
  6. Western PA: 3.2%
  7. International Students: 0.5%

TOTAL PA RESIDENTS: 89.7%

Tuition & Fee Increase
  • 0%
Budget

Totals By Fund:

  • Operating: $111,396,200
  • Auxiliary: $26,373,500
  • Total current funds: $137,769,700
  •  
  • Restricted Funds: $19,518,900
  • Plant & Debt Funds: $19,200
  • Total College: $157,307,800
  •  
  • State Appropriations: $26,736,000
  • As a % of Total: 17.0%
Tuition and Fees, 2021-22
  • $587 per credit hour (includes capital fee, student activity fee, health service fee, and technology fee)
  • Lab instruction fee: $45 per lab hour
  • Average annual in-state tuition and fees: $17,610 (30 credit hours)
  • Out-of-state tuition 1.5 times the in-state rate
Room and Board Costs
  • $6,784 per year (variable rates in Rose Street Commons)
  • $4,220 per year for a 14-meal board plan (most popular)
Current/Projected Costs to Attend Penn College

Current:

  • In-state: $30,014
  • Out-of-state: $37,574

Projected:

  • Since many of our costs are estimates, we propose that people quote the costs listed above as approximate costs to attend Penn College for the 2021-22 academic year. This total includes 15 credits per semester, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Personal expenses are NOT included in these approximate costs.

86.60% (4,403 of 5,084*) Penn College students received financial aid. (2020-21 data)

35.12% (1,786 of 5,084*) Penn College students received a Federal Pell Grant. (2020-21 data)

*Number of full-year, unduplicated, all credit-seeking students—excluding Penn College NOW

Fall 2021 Freshman Class
  • 1,413 Students
  • 48.2% Enrolled in bachelor's degree programs
    49.0% Enrolled in associate’s degree programs
  • 67.1% Male
  • 32.9% Female
  • 66.2% Under the age of 20
  • Applications (New/Transfer/Returning)
    • Total applications received: 5,549
    • Total offered acceptance: 3,990
On-Campus Housing
  • 1,235 students live on campus.
Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates from 1st to 2nd Year:

  • Bachelor: 76%
  • Associate: 70%

Graduation Rates:

Bachelor-seeking, Fall 2014 Cohort IPEDS Grad Rate PCT Success Rate*
4-Year Grad Rate 42% 51%
6-Year Grad Rate 55% 65%
Associate-seeking, Fall 2018 Cohort IPEDS Grad Rate PCT Success Rate*
2-Year Grad Rate n/a 32%
3-Year Grad Rate n/a 50%

*All full-time entering students receiving any award

Distance Learning (Fall 2021)
  • 1,640 students enrolled in distance learning courses
  • 129 distance learning courses
  • 12 majors offered via distance learning
  • 227 students enrolled in distance learning majors
International Students
  • 16 students enrolled
  • Grenada, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Jamaica, Myanmar, Pakistan, Mexico
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  • Typically, the College also sends students to Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, United Kingdom, Belarus, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, however, due to COVID-19, students have not traveled abroad since fall 2019.
Alumni
  • 63,569 living alumni currently in database; 51,995 alumni with valid mailing addresses with 81.02% of alumni being in Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 added each year after commencement.
Employees
  1. Full-time, non-faculty: 547
  2. Casual part-time, non-faculty: 338
  3. Full-time faculty (includes counselors & librarians): 273
  4. Part-time faculty: 112
  5. Regular part-time, non-faculty: 103
  • Total Full-time Employees: 820
America's Best Colleges
  • As part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings, which take into account more than 15 separate measures of academic quality, Pennsylvania College of Technology is tied for 9th best overall in the Regional Colleges – North category. Penn College is tied for the No. 7 spot in the Top Public Schools – Regional Colleges North ranking category. The College earned a No. 4 ranking among Best Colleges for Veterans – Regional Colleges North, and also fared well in the Best Value Schools – Regional Colleges North category, placing No. 17 overall and No. 11 among public institutions.
Credentials by Students
  1. Graduate: 1.06%
  2. Bachelor's Degree: 60.26%
  3. Associate's Degree: 36.53%
  4. Certificate: 1.37%
  5. Other/Non-degree: 0.78%
School Size (Head Count)
  1. Engineering Technologies: 2,414
    1. Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies: 757
    2. Materials Science & Engineering Technologies: 592
    3. Construction & Architectural Technologies: 520
    4. Transportation: 298
    5. Diesel Technology & Natural Resources: 247
  2. Nursing & Health Sciences: 1,088
  3. Business, Arts & Sciences: 705
    1. Business & Hospitality: 407
    2. Arts & Sciences: 298
  4. Non-degree (includes Developmental): 33
Largest Program Areas
  1. Nursing: 322
  2. Welding: 313
  3. Information Technology: 262
  4. Management: 256
  5. Electrical: 207
  6. Automotive: 177
  7. Building Construction: 169
  8. Engineering & Industrial Design : 147
  9. Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning: 145
  10. Dental Hygiene: 141
Average Class Size
  • 16
Student-Faculty Ratio
  • Full and part-time faculty and staff: 11:1
    Full-time faculty only: 16:1
Student-Computer Ratio
  • 3:1
Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Penn College recognizes two nationally-affiliated social fraternities:
    • Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ)
    • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
  • Penn College recognizes one nationally-affiliated social sorority:
    • Theta Phi Alpha (ΘΦΑ) – Colony
Athletics

The Penn College Wildcats are a member of the United East Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, except as noted.

Penn College fields 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

  • Archery (Co-Ed) – United States Collegiate Archery (USCA)
  • Baseball (Men's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Basketball (Men's & Women's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Cross Country (Men's & Women's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Esports (Co-Ed) – National Association of College Esports (NACE)
  • Golf (Men's) – United East NCAA DIII
  • Lacrosse (Men's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Soccer (Men's & Women's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Softball (Women's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Tennis (Men's & Women's) – United East & NCAA DIII
  • Wrestling (Men's) – NCAA DIII
  • Volleyball (Women's) – United East & NCAA DIII
Grant Activity to Date
  • 21 active projects in excess of $73.7 million with $1.7 million (8 projects) under development (as of 8/17/21). Active projects include the WEDnetPA program at $23.7 million and COVID-19 Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds of $30.4 million.
Workforce Development Activity (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021)
  • Workforce Development provided training to 2,972 individuals. Training included industrial, business/leadership, plastics, healthcare, computer, sustainability, and energy topics with a heavy focus on apprenticeship.

    In June 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Pennsylvania College of Technology a $7,996,530 federal grant to scale Modular Industry-Driven Apprenticeship Strategies (MIDAS) in advanced manufacturing fields. By the end of the grant in 2024, 3,200 apprentices are expected to be trained.

    The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC) completed 21 research and development projects with 16 companies.

    Through Pennsylvania’s WEDnetPA program, the College, serving as fiscal agent for the state-wide program, administered workforce development grants for 737 companies and 20,611 trainees.

    Opened new Clean Energy Center (formerly National Sustainable Structures Center) location in Latrobe, PA to offer IREC-accredited home energy professional training and other programming.

Community Arts Center
  • Since opening in May 1993, the Community Arts Center has hosted 155,506 patrons for movies and 1,625,778 for live events for a total of 1,781,284 as of August 2021.
Default Loan Rate
  • Percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three years of entering repayment: 7.1%. National Average: 7.3%. As of September 30, 2021.
Placement Rate
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (3-year average): 96.2%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2019-20): 93.4%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2018-19): 97.8%
    Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2017-18): 97.3%
Fundraising (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021)
  • Total of $8,318,606 raised in cash, in-kind gifts and pledges between the College and the Foundation
Donor Restricted Funds (as of June 30, 2021)
  • Total Restricted/Endowment = $27,331,610
Library
  • Library building: 104,000 square feet
  • Print volumes: 86,311
  • Media volumes: 4,364
  • Back issues volumes of periodicals: 9,187
  • Print subscriptions: 268
  • Database subscriptions: 175
  • Online journal titles: 132,585
  • Reference volumes: 6,875
  • E-books: 71,390
  • Streaming videos: 2,868
Campus Size
  • Main Campus: 131.98 acres
  • Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center: 5.8 acres
  • Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center: 409.11 acres
  • Advanced Automotive Technology Center: 2.0 acres
  • General Services: 5.4 acres
  • Wellsboro: .28 acres
  • Total size: 554.57 acres