Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus (Penn State) vs. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt)

Compare two schools with tuition, admission, test scores, and more academic characteristics.

  • Both Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus (Penn State) and University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt) are public.
  • Both schools are located in Pennsylvania.
  • Penn State has more expensive tuition of $40,188 than Pitt ($39,890).
  • Penn State has tighter acceptance rate of 50.31% than Pitt (59.71%).
  • Pitt has higher SAT scores of 1,360 than Penn State (1,310).
  • Penn State is larger with 50,028 students than Pitt (33,767 students).
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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Rankings#117 in National Universities
#13 in Pennsylvania
Public, 4-yearsSchool TypePublic, 4-years
University Park, PALocationPittsburgh, PA
Penn StateKnown asPitt
1 Year Certificate
2 Year Certificate
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Offered Degrees1 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
$20,234 Pennsylvania residents
$40,188 out-of-state
Undergraduate$21,524 Pennsylvania residents
$39,890 out-of-state
$25,518 Pennsylvania residents
$43,828 out-of-state
Graduate$27,064 Pennsylvania residents
$45,034 out-of-state
$11,574Financial Aid$11,497
$65 undergraduate
$65 graduate
Application Fee$55 undergraduate
$75 graduate
50.31%Acceptance Rate59.71%
1,310 SAT, 29 ACTTest Scores1,360 SAT, 31 ACT
Student Population
50,028Total Students33,767
116Online Enrollment881
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
83%Graduation Rate83%
1%Transfer-out Rate11%
91%Retention Rate93%
$57,200Average Earning after Graduation$61,200
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Course (may not Degree Program) Offered for Both Undergraduate and GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 14,275)
$7,374 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 8,813)
$7,230 average annual costs
Not offered or not ReportedMeal PlanNot offered or not Reported
Faculties and Staffs
15 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio13 to 1
2,994 Full-time
621 Part-time
Number of Faculties4,261 Full-time
690 Part-time
14,044 Full-time
1,418 Part-time
Number of Staffs12,271 Full-time
993 Part-time
$100,357 for Faculties
$66,773 Part-time
Average Salary$99,887 for Faculties
$66,190 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2022-2023