PROGRAM PROFILE

Program Rankings — Biology, 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 129 Biology / Integrated Biology / Integrated Biomedical Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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6-21

Regression Based Quality Rankings
Source: NRC, 2010

Histogram of Rankings
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Quality ranking (regression-based) out of 129 Biology / Integrated Biology / Integrated Biomedical Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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10-22

GRE Scores
Source: NRC, 2003-2005

Average Quantitative GRE
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758

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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29%
RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP
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61%
FELLOWSHIP
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5%
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
100%

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
0%
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
5%
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (EXCEPT NIH)
0%
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
12%
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
5%
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
5%
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
2%
OTHER FEDERAL SOURCES
2%

Non-Federal Support

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
56%
FOREIGN SOURCES
5%
OTHER US SOURCES
5%
SELF SUPPORT
2%

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)

5.7

Completion Rates

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Fraction of students completing a doctorate in 6 years

38%

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

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 129 Biology / Integrated Biology / Integrated Biomedical Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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4-20

Research Activity
Source: NRC, 2006

Publications

PUBLICATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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3.0
CITATIONS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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7.3

Grants

PERCENTAGE OF FACULTY WITH GRANTS
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74%

Awards

AWARDS PER FACULTY MEMBER
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2.1

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 129 Biology / Integrated Biology / Integrated Biomedical Sciences programs


Range of Rankings
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25-64

Faculty Demographics
Source: NRC, 2006

Percent Female
FEMALE
18%

Percent Minority
MINORITY
0%

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

Sex
MALE
42%
FEMALE
58%

Citizenship
US CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS
53%
TEMPORARY VISA HOLDERS
47%

Race / Ethnicity
AFRICAN AMERICAN
2%
NATIVE AMERICAN
0%
ASIAN
2%
PACIFIC ISLANDER
0%
WHITE
42%
HISPANIC
4%
UNKNOWN
0%

Full-time Status
FULL TIME
91%
PART TIME
9%

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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67
Interdisciplinary faculty
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42%

Total Students
Source: GSS, 2007

Total
45
First year
6

Student-Faculty Ratio
Source: NRC, 2006

Graduate students per faculty member
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0.7

Graduate Degrees
Source: IPEDS, 2005-2009

2005–2009 Biology degrees from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus


Master's degrees/year

3.2

Doctoral degrees/year

8.4

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 Biology degree recipients from Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus and may include graduates from more than one program.