Penn State’s admissions office has admitted more than 300,000 students in 2017 from outside of the state since the state started accepting new students in 2012.
The announcement comes just months after the school reported its first year of success, surpassing the 4 million admissions mark for the academic year.
Penn State received nearly 1,000 applications for admission in 2018, the school said.
The university has now welcomed more than 350,000 incoming students since accepting them in 2016, Penn State said in a news release.
The Penn State admissions office said that, with the number of applicants for admission from outside the state increasing, the admissions office will make every effort to accommodate as many of these students as possible, Penn Stn said in the release.
“As the number from outside increases, so does the demand for Penn State admission, and the need for Penn St. admission is greater than ever,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in an email to The Associated Press.
More: Penn State graduates are entering the job market in droves, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research group.
For Penn State, the increase in students coming from outside was the biggest factor in the school’s record number of new applications, Barron said.
A more comprehensive study released last month by the university found that the number one factor for a college’s ability to attract applicants was how well it has an online learning environment.
The online learning was a key part of the University of Pennsylvania’s admission process, Barron added.
“With that in mind, we are excited to announce that the online learning for Penns newest freshman class has surpassed the 4,000 student admissions mark,” Barron said Wednesday.
Penn State has not publicly released the number and average numbers of students that Penn State has admitted from outside Pennsylvania since 2016, but a Penn St article in March said that the university admitted more freshmen from outside Pennsylvanian in 2017 than it had in any year since 2001.
An increase in international students coming to Penn State in recent years has also played a role in Penn Sts success, Barron noted.
Penn St reported that in 2019, the number that Penn St students in the state were admitted to was the highest ever for Penn S, with 2,063 new Penn St undergraduates from outside in that year.
This year, the university is taking steps to keep the numbers of foreign students from entering Penn State low, Barron explained.
While Penn St does not publish numbers on foreign students who apply, Barron told The Associated News in a phone interview that the average age of new Penn S freshmen is between 16 and 18 years old.
The college plans to maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio and continue to invest in the college’s online learning, Barron stated.
But he added that the high number of international students has made the school increasingly competitive with some other top universities.
Barron said that students from foreign countries are attracted to Penn St by the schools online learning experience, and because of that, the campus has expanded its online learning to include classes and programs outside the country, including abroad, where the college is able to provide courses with more foreign languages.
Although the average Penn St freshman has an average grade point average of 3.0, students in international programs have an average GPA of 3,936.
To date, Penn S has enrolled more than 6,000 foreign students in its online education program, according the school, and Barron said the number will continue to grow.
It is not uncommon for schools in competitive industries to see an influx of foreign graduates, Barron pointed out.
For example, the University at Buffalo, which opened a campus in downtown Buffalo in 2017, is a big player in the global health industry, Barron mentioned.
When he was a professor at Penn St, he also noticed a steady stream of foreign-born students coming into the college, Barron recalled.
He said he has not yet seen the numbers for international students at Penn State increase significantly, but he does see a noticeable increase in the number.
Since the introduction of online learning in 2012, Penns undergraduate student body has more than doubled from the 4.5 million to more than 8 million.
With Penn States online enrollment, Penn Statians student body grew by more than 3,200 people during that time, Barron reported.
At the same time, the cost of attendance in the universitys system has increased.
According to Barron, Penn sts costs for its online learners have risen significantly over the past three years.
He also noted that the financial aid process for incoming freshmen has become much more complex and more expensive, which has contributed to an increase in Penn st s tuition.
Brent Jones, a senior vice president at the Institute for New American Security, a right-wing think tank, told The New York Times that the influx of students from outside states and