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

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

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.”


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
$101,044

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

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

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
United States

Phone
814-863-0474

Fax
814-863-8072

Email
smealmba@psu.edu