PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Program Rankings

Survey Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on 2 measures of quality. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 31 Aerospace Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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8-20

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 31 Aerospace Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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12-22

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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767

Financial Support and Tuition

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Source: IPEDS, 2009

Out-of-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$27,398
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$812
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$1,142

In-State Students

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FULL TIME STUDENTS: TUITION
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$27,398
FULL TIME STUDENTS: FEES
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$812
PART TIME STUDENTS: COST PER CREDIT HOUR
$644

Application Fee

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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION FEE
$65

Living Expenses
Source: IPEDS, 2009

On Campus

ON-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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$8,820
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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$3,924

Off Campus

OFF-CAMPUS ROOM AND BOARD
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NA
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES
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NA

Type of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Types

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
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11%
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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58%
FELLOWSHIP
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6%
TRAINEESHIP
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0%

First Year Support
Source: NRC, 2005

Data for full-time doctoral students in the fall of 2005


First year students with full financial support
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PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FULL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
29%

Sources of Financial Support
Source: GSS, 2007

How graduate students in the program (including master's, doctoral, and professional degree students) paid for their graduate educations


Federal Support

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
36%
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
0%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EXCEPT NIH)
0%
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
0%
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
0%
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
5%
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
0%
OTHER FEDERAL SOURCES
1%

Non-Federal Support

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
24%
FOREIGN SOURCES
3%
OTHER US SOURCES
16%
SELF SUPPORT
14%

Tuition Remission
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Tuition paid by 2000–2004 Aerospace Engineering doctorate recipients from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Median tuition remission

83%

Amount of Tuition Remission Granted

NO TUITION REMISSION
11%*
LESS THAN 1/3 OF TUITION
0%*
1/3 TO 2/3 OF TUITION
0%
MORE THAN 2/3 OF TUITION
89%

Graduate School Debt
Source: SED, 2000–2004

Debt for 2000–2004 Aerospace Engineering doctorate recipients from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Median graduate school debt
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$0

Outcomes for Recent Graduates

Degree Completion
Source: NRC, 2010

Time to Degree

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Median years required to complete a doctorate (full-time and part-time students)

3.7

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

67%

Employment Outcomes
Source: NRC, 2006 & SED, 2000–2004

Quality Assurance

Program collects outcome data about all of its graduates

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA ABOUT ALL OF ITS GRADUATES
YES

Employment Stats at Graduation

Job / contract / definite commitment
58%
Negotiating with specific organizations
21%*
Still seeking
21%
Other
0%*

Type of Job

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Postdoc
26%
Educational institution (nonpostdoctoral position)
2%*
Private sector
63%
Government
0%*

Primary Job Responsibilities

(For those with a definite commitment at graduation)

Research and development
93%
Teaching
0%
Management or administration
0%
Professional services to individuals
0%*

Job Location

(For non-US citizens on temporary visas with a definite commitment at graduation)

In the United States
76%
Outside the United States
24%

Student Resources

Student Resources
Source: NRC, 2006

Overall Resources

NUMBER OF RESOURCES OFFERED (OUT OF 18)
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18

Health Insurance

STUDENTS RECEIVE HEALTH INSURANCE
YES

Structured Oversight

PROGRAM COLLECTS OUTCOME DATA
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YES
ANNUAL STUDENT REVIEWS
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YES

Available Training

TEACHING SKILLS
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YES
PROPOSAL WRITING
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YES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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YES
WRITING
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YES
STATISTICS
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YES
RESEARCH ETHICS
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YES

Administrative Support

ORIENTATION
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YES
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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YES
TEACHING / RESEARCH PRIZES
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YES
ON-CAMPUS CONFERENCES
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YES
TRAVEL SUPPORT
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YES
STUDENT WORK SPACE
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT
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YES
GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION STAFF
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YES
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
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YES
DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE
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YES
PROGRAM COORDINATOR MEETING
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YES

Research Activity

Research Activity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Research activity ranking out of 31 Aerospace Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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7-24

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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1.5
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.7

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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86%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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0.8

Demographics

Diversity Ranking
Source: NRC, 2010

The National Research Council ranked programs based on a measure of overall diversity. They generated 500 different rankings to simulate the effects of using different sets of evaluators and ranking programs in different years. Learn more.


Histogram of Rankings
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Quality rankings (survey-based) out of 31 Aerospace Engineering programs


Range of Rankings
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4-11

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
6%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
0%

Doctorate Recipient Demographics
Source: GSS, 2007 and NRC, 2006

Sex
MALE
85%
FEMALE
15%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
50%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
50%

Race / Ethnicity
AFRICAN AMERICAN
2%
NATIVE AMERICAN
0%
ASIAN
0%
PACIFIC ISLANDER
0%
WHITE
48%
HISPANIC
1%
UNKNOWN
0%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
92%
PART TIME
8%

Demographics of all Graduate Students at the Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2007

Sex
MALE
56%
FEMALE
44%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
63%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
37%

Race / Ethnicity
BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN
3%
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE
0%
ASIAN
3%
WHITE
55%
HISPANIC / LATINO
3%
UNKNOWN
36%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
85%
PART TIME
15%

Program Size

Faculty
Source: NRC, 2006

Total faculty members
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45
Interdisciplinary faculty
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62%

Total Students
Source: GSS, 2007

Total
107
First year
28

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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0.9

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Aerospace Engineering degrees from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Master's degrees/year

24.0

Doctoral degrees/year

5.6

Contact Information

Contact Information, Program
Source: NRC, 2010


Contact Information

Contact Information, Institution
Source: IPEDS, 2009


Phone

(814) 865-4700 ext. 4700


Location

201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802-1589


*Value is missing. The value shown is based on the average for other programs in the same field. Learn more.

✝ Data are for all Aerospace Engineering degree recipients from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus and may include graduates from more than one program.