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

MSCHE

Pennsylvania College of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 2012 Self-Study

Fall 2019 Fast Facts

Enrollment
 
  • 4,981 Headcount
    (does not include all Penn College NOW students)
  • 4,606 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
  • 11.36% Minority students
  • 62.60% Males; 37.40% Females
  • 68,358 Credits
Student Status
 
  • 82.51% Full-time (average of 15.23 credit hours)
  • 17.49% Part-time (average of 6.72 credit hours)
Geographic Distribution
 
  1. North Central PA: 37.5%
    • Lycoming County: 20.6%
  2. Southeast PA: 22.3%
  3. Northeast PA: 15.7%
  4. Central PA: 11.3%
  5. Other States: 9.4%
    • New Jersey: 2.6%
    • New York: 1.9%
    • Maryland: 1.7%
    • Connecticut: 0.7%
    • Virginia: 0.4%
    • Other States: 2.1%
  6. Western PA: 3.5%
  7. International Students: 0.3%

TOTAL PA RESIDENTS: 90.3%

Tuition & Fee Increase
  • 2.51%
Budget

Totals By Fund:

  • Operating: $118,519,300
  • Auxiliary: $29,852,500
  • Total current funds: $148,371,800
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  • Restricted Funds: $12,434,700
  • Plant & Debt Funds: $19,200
  • Total College: $160,825,700
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  • State Appropriations: $26,736,000
  • As a % of Total: 16.6%
Tuition and Fees, 2019-20
  • $572 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: $17,160 (30 credit hours)
  • Out-of-state tuition 1.5 times the in-state rate
  • Room and Board Costs
    • $6,684 per year (variable rates in Rose Street Commons)
    • $4,158 per year for a 14-meal board plan (most popular)
Current/Projected Costs to Attend Penn College

Current:

  • In-state: $29,402
  • Out-of-state: $36,752

Projected:

  • Since many of our costs are estimates, we propose that people quote the costs listed above are approximate costs to attend Penn College for the 2019-20 academic year. This total includes 15 credits per semester, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Personal expenses are NOT included in these approximate costs.

87.21% (5,218 of 5983) Penn College students received financial aid. (2018-19 data)

38.87% (2326 of 5983) Penn College students received a Federal Pell Grant. (2018-19 data)

Fall 2019 Freshman Class
  • 1,690 Students
  • 45.1% Enrolled in bachelor's degree programs
  • 64.0% Male
  • 68.3% Under the age of 20
  • Applications (New/Transfer/Reenrolled)
    • Total applications received: 5,455
    • Total offered acceptance: 3,998
On-Campus Housing

1,584 students live on campus.

Retention and Graduation Rates

First-time, full-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees:

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 75%
  • 6-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 63.18%
  • 8-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 60.43%

First-time, full-time students pursuing associate's degrees:

  • 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 68%
  • 3-Year (150%) Graduation Rate: 41.84%
  • 4-Year (200%) Graduation Rate: 50.79%
Distance Learning (Fall 2019)
  • 1,395 students enrolled in distance education courses
  • 92 distance learning courses
  • 12 majors offered via distance learning
  • 256 students enrolled in distance learning majors
International Students
  • 14 students enrolled; 0 ESL students
  • Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Iran, Republic of Korea, Grenada, and Myanmar
  • The College also sends students to Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, United Kingdom, Belarus, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.
Alumni
  • 60,832 living alumni currently in database; 50,140 alumni with valid mailing addresses with 81.12% of alumni being in Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 added each year after commencement. 
Employees
 
  1. Full-time, non-faculty: 560
  2. Casual part-time, non-faculty: 444
  3. Full-time faculty (includes counselors & librarians): 290
  4. Part-time faculty: 155
  5. Regular part-time, non-faculty: 148

Total Full-time Employees: 850

America's Best Colleges
  • As part of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” edition, Pennsylvania College of Technology ranked No. 8 among public institutions in Regional Colleges North and No. 14 when private colleges are included. In the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category, Penn College was No. 4 among public institutions, and No. 6 overall, for Regional Colleges North. Penn College was ranked No. 9 among public colleges for “Best Value Schools,” and No. 15 when private institutions are included, in Regional Colleges North. In a new category for the 2020 rankings, Penn College was No. 10 among public colleges, and No. 23 overall, in Regional Colleges North for “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” The category measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants.
Credentials by Students
 
  1. Bachelor's Degree: 60.15%
  2. Associate's Degree: 38.03%
  3. Certificate: 0.88%
  4. Other/Non-degree: 0.94%
School Size (Head Count)
 
  1. Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies: 1,413
  2. Nursing & Health Sciences: 1,377
  3. Construction & Design Technologies: 673
  4. Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies: 641
  5. Business & Hospitality: 476
  6. Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: 354
  7. Non-degree (includes Developmental & ESL): 47
Largest Program Areas
 
  1. Information Technology: 371
  2. Nursing: 322
  3. Welding: 305
  4. Management: 280
  5. Building Construction: 213
  6. Automotive: 198
  7. Engineering & Industrial Design : 184
  8. Electrical: 167
  9. Automated Manufacturing & Machining: 160
  10. Dental Hygiene: 155
degrees that work in Green Career Fields
  • 992 students enrolled in 30 programs (16 AAS, 14 BS)
Average Class Size
  • 16
Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 11:1
Student-Computer Ratio
  • 3:1
Greek Life
  • Penn College recognizes 3 nationally-affiliated social fraternities:
    • Phi Mu Delta (ΦΜΔ)
    • Sigma Pi (ΣΠ)
    • Omega Delta Sigma (ΩΔΣ)
Athletics

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

Penn College fields 14 intercollegiate sports, including:

  • Archery (Co-Ed) – United States Collegiate Archery (USCA)
  • Baseball (Men's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Basketball (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Cross Country (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Golf (Men's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Soccer (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Softball (Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Tennis (Men's & Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
  • Wrestling (Men's) – NCAA DIII
  • Volleyball (Women's) – NEAC & NCAA DIII
Grant Activity to Date
  • 29 active projects in excess of $41.2 million with $1.7 million (9 projects) under development (as of 9/3/19).  Active projects include the WEDnetPA program at $22.1 million.
Workforce Development Activity (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019)
  • Workforce Development provided training to 6,210 individuals. Topics covered included industrial, business/leadership, plastics, healthcare, computer, sustainability, and energy. Counted in this number were apprentices from 17 companies.

    In June 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Pennsylvania College of Technology and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) a $7,996,530 federal grant to scale Modular Industry-Driven Apprenticeship Strategies (MIDAS) in advanced manufacturing fields. The funding is part of $183.8 million in grants awarded to 23 academic institutions and consortia nationwide with the goal of further expanding apprenticeships to address the skills gap.

    The 2nd annual Apprenticeship Summit was held on May 16th. More than 100 people from 65 companies learned about opportunities for building apprenticeship programs into their workforce strategies. The Mechatronics apprenticeship program, with training delivered by Workforce Development, serves as a pathway for entry into the A.A.S. Mechatronics program. Apprentices may receive 19 credits toward the degree. CNC, IMT, and Infrastructure Maintenance Technician apprenticeships and an Advanced Manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program were launched.  $177,050 in apprenticeship grant funding was received from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. 

    The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC) provided 74 workshops and customized training sessions for 93 companies with 619 registrants from 24 states, Canada, Italy, and Puerto Rico. The PIRC completed 34 projects for 20 companies, and 6 Global Standards for Plastics Certification (GSPC) for 27 people in 2 companies.

    Through Pennsylvania’s WEDnetPA program, the College, serving as fiscal agent for the state-wide program, administered workforce development grants for 695 companies totaling nearly $6.7 million to train more than 26,300 employees.

    Penn College at Wellsboro, an extensively renovated building donated by UPMC-Susquehanna, was dedicated May 2019.  A total of 478 healthcare learners were trained by Workforce Development via 25 courses in  Licensed Practical Nursing, International Trauma Life Support, Phlebotomy, and Emergency Management Technician.

    The Lycoming Engines Service School curriculum was redesigned in 2019, combining 40 hours of theory with hands-on instruction into a single course. 192 people were trained in 17 courses, from Service Schools and Dissassembly/Reassembly classes, to Road Schools in Belgium and Argentina. 

Community Arts Center
  • Since opening in May 1993, the Community Arts Center has hosted 155,506 patrons for movies and 1,590,708 for live events for a total of 1,746,214 as of August 2019.
Default Loan Rate
  • Percentage of borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three years* of entering repayment: 9.9%. National Average: 10.8%
  • *2019 data will not be confirmed until late September, 2019
Placement Rate
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (3-year average): 95.6%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2017-18): 97.3%
    Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2016-17): 93.4%
  • Overall Graduate Placement Rate (2015-16): 96.2%
Fundraising (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019)
  • More than $6,687,388 raised in cash and in-kind gifts between the College and the Foundation
Penn College Foundation (as of June 30, 2019)
  • Assets: $17,609,904
Donor Restricted Funds (as of June 30, 2019)
  • Total Restricted/Endowment = $19,210,548
Library
  • Library building: 104,000 square feet
  • Print volumes: 89,103
  • Media volumes: 4,301
  • Back issues volumes of periodicals: 9,006
  • Print subscriptions: 339
  • Database subscriptions: 166
  • Online journal titles: 108,739
  • Reference volumes: 6,887
  • E-books: 51,925
  • Streaming videos: 2,158
Campus Size
  • Main Campus: 131.6 acres
  • Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center: 5.8 acres
  • Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center: 409.11 acres
  • Morgan Valley Retreat: 439.7 acres
  • Advanced Automotive Technology Center: 2.0 acres
  • General Services: 5.4 acres
  • Wellsboro: .28 acres
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  • Total size: 993.89 acres