Penn State University

Centre County, Pennsylvania
Overall Grade
  • A Academics
  • A+ Athletics
  • A Campus
  • A Diversity
  • A Value
  • A+ Party Scene

Penn State University Admissions

Acceptance Rate 59%

Penn State University Cost

*Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

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Penn State University Advisors

Our advisors graduated from the nation’s best universities, so they know first-hand what it takes to stand out in the admissions process. CollegeAdvisor.com's advisors include Marshall Scholars, Fulbright recipients, first-generation college students, professional actors and musicians, startup founders, doctors, teachers and more - all rigorously screened and trained to support students and families on their college journeys.

Shannon Kennedy
Penn State University
After 7+ years at Northwestern University in admissions, I wanted to more directly help students apply to college. With experience at University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology in addition to NU, I started counseling students in 2016. I have advised dozens of students individually and as a high school college counselor. My advisees have matriculated at the most selective institutions and a wide range of colleges across the country and internationally. I live in the Chicago area and enjoy encouraging houseplants to flourish almost as much as I enjoy working with high schoolers poised to change the world!

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Ashley Murphy
Penn State University
I discovered my passion for college admission soon after completing my undergraduate degree at Penn State in 2002. Since then, I have been honored to help students of all backgrounds and interests navigate both admissions and financial aid at a variety of institutions across the country. I later completed my master’s degree at NYU and have found myself specializing in admission/college selection for technical areas, including engineering, business, and the trades. I’m excited to work with you and to help you present your best self!

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Laura Maclay
Wellesley College
I graduated with degrees in Political Science and English (although my academic interests span farther than these two - at one point I was deciding between 4 majors!) from Wellesley College. At Wellesley, I was a campus-wide writing tutor starting my sophomore year, and held a few other roles (editor-in-chief of the Wellesley Review, a public speaking tutor, debater, and a First Year Mentor). Nowadays, I currently manage the healthcare division of a consulting firm, and spend my free time reading thought-pieces and non-fiction books, along with pursuing a new passion for hip hop dancing!

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Isabella Gayoso
Penn State University
Hey! My name is Isabella and I am a rising Junior Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering double major with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Penn State. At Penn State, I hold several distinctions, including being a member of the honors college(Scheyer), the honors engineering scholars program (Leonard Scholars), and a recipient of the Provost Award. Professionally, I worked at SpaceX as an intern for my gap semester in the spring. This summer I am interning for Lockheed Martin Space. During my senior year application cycle, I gained admittance to several top universities, listed on my profile. I also earned several national, regional, and local scholarships including the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship, and I have totaled over $150,000 in scholarship money to date. One of my areas of strength is scholarship applications and essays, both specific to a university or in a national or local application. I also thoroughly understand how to frame a college application in the best way possible by creating cohesive activity descriptions, essays, and short answer responses. I have worked with students in the Pittsburgh area and with International students. This is my first year with CollegeAdvisor, and I’m so excited to help students meet their goals!

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