Pennsylvania State University - Smeal College of Business Administration campus

Overview

Applicants
548
Acceptance Rate
24%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.40
Years Work Experience
4
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
620 - 700
GPA
3.2 - 3.7

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
April 1

Round 1
October 1

Round 2
December 1

Round 3
February 1

Round 4
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience
Other Factors

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
109

100
Full-time
31
Minority
21
Female


Students Say

The Penn State MBA is grounded in the university’s longstanding tradition of excellence, and students are consistently attracted to its “strong community with a good reputation around the world.” Indeed, a “strong alumni network,” is one of the Penn State MBA’s greatest benefits, along with “excellent academics, great career opportunities,” and a “top-notch” faculty and administration. “The professors have a vast amount of experience,” and students find them “excellent at integrating real-world experiences” and “new business trends to into its courses, such as sustainability business strategy.” “Penn State MBA faculty have extensive consulting experience and are highly regarded researchers,” and in particular, “the supply chain and finance professors are excellent and prepare students to be top tier talent coming out of the program.” Penn State’s “small class size makes access to faculty and administration extremely easy,” and its “professors are very open to suggestion for improvement and regularly adjust class based on students’ needs.” The “administration is receptive to students’ needs” as well. All of this academic and administrative force combines to ensure Penn State MBA students will succeed: “I’ve been pushed to limits I never thought were possible, and I’m a better person for their insistence on pushing us to perform and produce at the highest level.”

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Center for Supply Chain Research

Institute for the Study of Business Markets

Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Center for Global Business Studies

Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change

Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation

Center for Sports Business and Research

Risk Management Research Center

Center for the Study of Financial Markets

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Sustainable Business Strategies provides a unique view of business issues that relate to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The course will provide students with an understanding of how the environmental and sustainability issues are impacting business strategies and, ultimately, profits. The course also examines the external forces--such as environmental groups, policy-makers, and 'green' consumers--that impact business management. Social Entrepreneurship provides a unique view of business issues that relate to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The course will provide students with an understanding of how the environmental and sustatinability issues are impacting business strategies and ultimately profits. Also examines the external forces, such as environmental groups, policy-makers, and "green" consumers, that impact business management.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
www.smeal.psu.edu/sustainability-council/research

School's environmental commitment 1:
Sustainability Council (Members include Research Directors and key Faculty)

School's environmental commitment 2:
Curriculum platform in sustainability across multiple levels (undergraduate and graduate)

School's environmental commitment 3:
Membership and activity in Net Impact (Gold Status Chapter)

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$101,044
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
85%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
83%
School Facilitiated
17%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
89%
School Facilitiated
10%
Graduate Facilitiated
1%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

40%
Operations/Logistics
29%
Consulting
18%
Marketing
13%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

27%
Mid-Atlantic
25%
Northeast
21%
West
9%
Midwest
9%
South
7%
Southwest
2%
International

Students Say

The “Penn State Brand” figures prominently both in students’ reasons for choosing Penn State’s MBA programs and in the value they’ll take with them when they leave. Penn State MBAs have “no classes on Friday in an effort to give students time to work on job search and group projects,” and this priority “make[s] it easy to focus on learning, personal development, and career strategy” during school. In terms of professional advancement, students name Penn State’s “strong alumni network,” “quality of professional recruitment,” and “the alumni advisory board which mentors students” as among “the program’s greatest strengths.” The program hosts “many recruiting companies [to] come and spend the day” talking to students, including representatives from “Nike, Deloitte, and other Fortune 500 companies.” “Penn State MBAs are friendly, hard working, and appreciative of the opportunities Penn State presents them,” and students see their classmates as people who “performed well in their internships and will be a major part of my network post-graduation.” The program’s “professors expect a lot but truly prepare you to succeed in interviews and the workforce,” and its “students are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.”

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Operations / Logistics 40% $100,000 $104,041 $73,020 $135,000
Consulting 29% $120,000 $111,656 $80,000 $127,000
Marketing / Sales 18% $95,000 $86,600 $46,000 $116,000
Finance / Accounting 13% $90,000 $88,000 $70,000 $106,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 27% $125,000 $113,767 $80,000 $127,000
Technology 24% $109,000 $107,530 $60,000 $135,000
Manufacturing 22% $92,000 $89,752 $60,000 $116,000
Other 13% $90,000 $92,000 $46,000 $115,000
Consumer Products 5% $100,000 $98,667 $90,000 $106,000
Financial Services 4%
Petroleum / Energy 4%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 2%

Prominent Alumni

Mitchell Cohen
Partner, Vice Chairman, PwC

Jerome Griffith
President & CEO, Tumi, Inc.

Carl Berquist
EVP, CFO, Marriott International

Karen Quintos
SVP, CMO, Dell

Patricia Woertz
Chairman, CEO & President, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$24,340

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$18,490

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
97%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
95%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Loans
26%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$23,080
Tuition (Out-State)
$36,962
Fees (In-State)
$1,082
Fees (Out-State)
$1,082

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$17,400
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$17,400
Academic Expenses
$3,500

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
156
Part Time
0%

In State
35.0%
Out of State
65.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

10.00%
Minorities
37.00%
International

29% female
71% male

Campus Life

Students Say

One student says of life at Penn State: “After living here for a year, I know why it is called Happy Valley. It might be cold in the winter, but the people here are warm and welcoming.” Indeed, many other students echo this appreciation for feeling as though “The entire program is a huge, supportive family” in “a very safe college town.” “Life is busy. But the people and the setting (a beautiful mountain valley) are good rewards for the times that aren’t too busy.” There’s a “great sports atmosphere, developed downtown area just off of campus, strong commitment to the local community, and good social atmosphere of the student population” overall. “The camaraderie at Penn State is absolutely amazing,” and students get close to each other: “We spend a lot of time in the business building whether it is for class, studying, or hanging out in the commons.” “Spouses and families are actively invited to come to all activities,” which facilitates “a positive MBA experience outside of the classroom” with events “such as football tailgates, Diwali celebration, and a Lunar New Year celebration.” “Penn State has over 30 percent international students,” and sees itself as “a community that embraces the diversity of our population.” Comprised of “great team players with high IQs and EQs,” the Penn State MBA program attracts and produces “compelling leaders who are highly intelligent.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Stacey Dorang Peeler
MBA Admissions Director

Address
220 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

Phone
814-863-0474

Fax
814-863-8072

Email
smealmba@psu.edu