About Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks

Founded in 1958, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks. is a Public college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,888 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 140 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate87%
Application Deadline
Application Fee65
SAT Range870-1110
ACT Range19-24

Admissions at PSU-BK are considered Less Selective, with ,26% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 34 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

65% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 27% were in the top quarter, and 7% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
20%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
10%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
40%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
30%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
80%
“I feel extremely safe”
30%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
17%
“We bought the gear”
53%
“We live for the big game”
10%
“It”s not really our thing”
27%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
37%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
27%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
43%
“They”re always available”
70%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
17%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
20%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
60%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
13%
“We only party on weekends”
7%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
23%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
77%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
20%
“We know about current events and vote”
67%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
10%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
40%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
30%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
20%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
80%
“I feel extremely safe”
30%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
17%
“We bought the gear”
53%
“We live for the big game”
10%
“It”s not really our thing”
27%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
37%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
27%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
43%
“They”re always available”
70%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
17%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
20%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
60%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
13%
“We only party on weekends”
7%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
23%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
77%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    53 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    36 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    60 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    61 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    61 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    62 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    62 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    62 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks?

32 Students rated Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks

Skylar - 07/02/2022

Penn State Berks is like a second home to many students on and off campus. There are so many ways to get all kinds of support from staff and other students as well. There are 100’s of opportunities open to everyone going to Penn State Berks. I am proud of my college.

Snehkumar

I love the campus, I get to meet a lot of people and I love my classes. Everyone is friendly and the campus makes you feel at home. Even though I am a commuter, I have had to stay on campus a few times and I did not have a problem with anything or anyone. There are always events or clubs to join for everyone so no one feels left out.

Adallah

My overall opinion is that I like how its a small campus where everybody knows each other and that the class sizes are pretty small. The campus and RAs plan a lot of things to do for the weekend. Teachers are very helpful and understanding, so I have heard.

Lindsey

Overall, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks is a great university to chose if you are a commuter or if you live on the campus itself. The professors are educated and always have office hours if you need help. The environment is nice to be in and the other students are very friendly. The library is a great place to go if you want to work on homework with your friends. The campus is not far from shopping, eatery, and other places.

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks is 87%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I learned a few things in college that I wish someone would have told me about from the start. It?s really easy to fall in too deep in college. This isn?t high school anymore. Most teachers won?t accept late work and if they do, they dock a good portion of your grade from it. Get a day planner and stick with it. Get organized fast! I also learned that getting involved and making friends is a must. The campus isn?t going to stop for your grief. If you want to meet people, you have to be the one who steps outside of your comfort zone. Most schools offer a variety of clubs and going Greek is something I highly recommend to everyone. Above everything, just remember you are paying to go here. Go to class, but have fun too. Meet as many people as possible, you never know what doors they will open for you in the future.

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  3. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone that has their head on straight should attend this school.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates seem like they want to get to University Park no matter what the cost. They do not always get great grades but as long as they are going to UP they are content.

    Read all  11 answers
  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone in a wheelchair or with another disability shouldn't attend this school because it is difficult to go the dorms..through the hallways etc.

    Read all  10 answers
  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing is if you stay on campus the weekends can be boring.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is a quiet small college where most people commute from home and went to high school fairly close.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The teachers are always here to help you. They know who you are, they remember who you are and you grow close to them. It has a nice setting, very different from the city, with a lot of open space.

    Read all  8 answers
  9. What's unique about your campus?

    I consider the best thing about my school is the class sizes. I am at a branch campus of a huge university, and I feel that smaller classes make the classroom atmosphere more comfortable for students. In these classrooms you feel known as an individual and not as a number on an ID card. Also, in this smaller atmosphere, teachers tend to have a better likelyhood of growing on their students and for their students to grow on them.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Among students and young people, Penn State may be known most for it's football and other athletic programs. Recently, it has also been making headlines in ways that aren't so flattering. However, every Penn State student and graduate knows that work ethic and moral values are the trademark of a Penn State student. At Penn State, you don't just learn to be a effective person in the workforce, but you also learn how to be a valuable person in society.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known of Penn State Berks when I originally graduated HighSchool. I did not think I was able to attend based off my original SAT scores. I am very happy that I applied when I did.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Amount of students per classroom, very large. teachers do not get to know you.

    Read all  6 answers
  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The professors really do care. I've had so many teachers who give out their cell phone and home phone numbers. They will help you not only with their class material, but any isuse you may be having outside of school. I never had a teacher who I felt uncomfortable with yet. I think it's pretty rare to find that much dedication from staff as you do at Penn State-Berks.

    Read all  5 answers
  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    My favorite class was English and I like it because I got a chance to read and learn more about some Authors that I ordinarily wouldn't know of. My least favorite subject is Mathematics and this is because I don't like calculus, geometry and algebra. Students, especially athletes are usually very competitive, especially when we travel for games and miss classes and have to make up our missed classes. We get competitive to see who makes good grades. My major is Business Management, and this is because since I have been young, I have watched my late father start his small business to becoming an IHOP franchisee. This has made me to continue to strive to be the best and be more successful than he was when he died. I want to keep his legacy going on. I spend time with my Professors outside of class, especially when I don't understand what was taught and need further explanation or clarity.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular group is Young Entrepreneur. In this group, students are taught how to start their own business, accounting and marketing your business. Sometimes well known business people are invited to come and talk to us about how they started their businesses, how they survived the early years and how they grew the business.

    Read all  1 answers
  16. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I picked Berks campus for the school size and location.

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Student Body

Students

42%

female

58%

male

2,888

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

7%

Out-Of-State

88%

In-State

5%

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

28%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
10%
% Hispanic/Latino
12%
% White or Caucasian
66%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

87% of students attending Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks receive some sort of financial aid. 34% were awarded federal grants. While 74% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$22,834

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,840

Books and Supplies

$11,230

Room and Board

35,904

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,083
$30 - $48K
$18,457
$48 - $75K
$21,631
$75 - $110K
$25,940
$110K & UP
$27,019

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