Students Say

Students entering Penn State’s Smeal MBA program should “Expect to be challenged!” Here, conversations are “intellectually stimulating” and people are “not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work.” Students have high opinions of themselves and their classmates. As one student attests, “There are only strong candidates here; no weakest links among us.” Students appreciate small classes that deliver a “high quality education,” laced with “personal attention” as well as “great access to professors.”

Overview

Applicants
527
Acceptance Rate
27%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.40
Years Work Experience
4.4
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
600 - 690
GPA
3.2 - 3.6

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 4

Regular Application Deadline
April 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
April 1

Round 1
October 4

Round 2
November 8

Round 3
January 10

Round 4
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience
Other Factors

Overall

Students Say

Students entering Penn State’s Smeal MBA program should “Expect to be challenged!” Here, conversations are “intellectually stimulating” and people are “not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work.” Students have high opinions of themselves and their classmates. As one student attests, “There are only strong candidates here; no weakest links among us.” Students appreciate small classes that deliver a “high quality education,” laced with “personal attention” as well as “great access to professors.” Students do not feel they are missing out by going here instead of a larger school, saying that Smeal offers this close, “tight-knit community” feel without missing out on the great wealth of resources of a big school. Students point out that although their school may be small when you look at its numbers, it is large in other ways, such as its cultural diversity. “As a result of that, class discussion is very rich.” Topics of discussion and materials presented continually change with the times as the Smeal MBA program “prides itself on keeping its academics as current as possible.” An “attention to professionalism” is evident throughout the school.

“Exceptional professors are the cornerstones of student success both inside and outside of class. They are “well regarded in their respective fields and have a way of making complex concepts digestible.” Students find the ease of accessing professors outside of class as “remarkable.” They go “above and beyond to place a student in their dream internship or open the door to a dream company.” An equally qualified and “very dedicated” administrative staff backs the strong faculty. Students appreciate how the administration “constantly improves the system throughout the semester based on student feedback and ensures a smooth transition for the incoming classes.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
106

100
Full-time
30
Minority
21
Female

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

Career Rating
95
Average Starting Salary
$96,349

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
83%
School Facilitiated
11%
Graduate Facilitated
6%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
83%
School Facilitiated
11%
Graduate Facilitated
6%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

34%
Operations/Logistics
28%
Marketing
15%
Consulting
15%
Finance/Accounting
4%
Information Technology
2%
General Management
2%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

25%
Mid-Atlantic
21%
South
17%
Midwest
15%
Northeast
12%
Southwest
8%
West
2%
International

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 34% $92,750 $94,875 $76,000 $125,000
Marketing / Sales 28% $95,000 $89,894 $41,628 $114,000
Consulting 15% $120,000 $117,714 $105,000 $125,000
Finance / Accounting 15% $105,000 $98,143 $60,000 $125,000
Information Technology 4%
Other 2%
General Management 2%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 23% $98,000 $95,318 $75,000 $114,000
Consulting 15% $120,000 $117,714 $105,000 $125,000
Technology 15% $95,000 $92,755 $60,000 $120,000
Consumer Products 11% $85,000 $89,000 $75,000 $110,000
Financial Services 9% $102,500 $97,500 $60,000 $125,000
Petroleum / Energy 8% $110,000 $110,625 $97,500 $125,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 4%
Non-profit 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
Jan 10

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$24,630

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$16,950

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
95%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
85%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
97%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
90%

New Students Receiving Loans
40%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$22,410
Tuition (Out-State)
$35,888
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
155
Out of State
70%

In State
99%
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

8.00%
Minorities
35.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

Students Say

As one might expect at such a high-powered place, life at Smeal is “heavily focused on schoolwork and finding a job,” but most students are also “able to make time for social and community activities.” Bonds of friendship are quickly and easily formed within this “relatively small program,” which offers a “friendly environment.” During the program, there is a “coffee buzz” between morning classes “where students gather with administrators and professors to talk about anything.” This helps foster and perpetuate the “great sense of community” students describe within their program.

Embracing the diverse cultures of the large international population on campus is another way to learn and grow as an individual. At Smeal, students “celebrate almost every possible event from all nations and religions.” There are “numerous events throughout the year to celebrate other cultures such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Diversity Days, where international students bring in artifacts/food and give a brief overview of their home country.” One student boasts, “We are extremely proud of anything our classmates do.”


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

Phone
814-863-0474

Email
smealmba@psu.edu
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Key Stats

527
Applicants
155
Size
27%
Acceptance Rate

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