Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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15200 Kutztown Road

Kutztown, PA 19530-0730

Phone: (610) 683-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#116 Overall Score: 36 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a public institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,135, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 289 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 116. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,524 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,458 (2013-14).

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, located in the eastern part of the state, offers more than 40 fields of study for undergraduate students. The university also has about a dozen master’s degree programs, including public affairs. Outside the classroom, students can explore Kutztown University’s planetarium, observatory, and radio station, all of which are on campus. The university, often abbreviated to KU, hosts many campus events, such as comedy shows, bowling nights, and film screenings. Kutztown students can participate in more than 200 campus clubs, join Greek life, or climb the rock wall at the recreation center. Student athletes can try out for the KU Golden Bears varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Off campus, students can visit the shops in the small borough of Kutztown or explore city life by driving about one and a half hours to Philadelphia and approximately two hours to New York City.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, was founded in 1866 as Keystone State Normal School. It became Kutztown State Teachers College in 1928, Kutztown State College in 1960, and achieved university status in 1983.

Today, Kutztown University is a modern, comprehensive institution and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, PA Department of Education, NCATE, CSWE, NCACE, NASM and NASAD.

Kutztown University's picturesque 289-acre campus is located in a Pennsylvania Dutch community midway between Allentown and Reading. Several large cities are easily accessible, including Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

KU has an enrollment of approximately 9,800 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Most are Pennsylvania residents, but students from 24 states and 29 nations are represented in the student body, which consists of 58 percent women, and 42 percent men.

The academic year at KU consists of two 15-week terms. The university also offers classes during two five-week summer sessions and a 100% winter online session. The faculty is teaching-focused with scholarly expertise. Many are engaged in student or faculty research, writing, and consulting. There is a 20:1 student to faculty ratio.

Kutztown has nearly 60 undergraduate majors in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts, Business, and Education. There are also 26 graduate degree programs. Degrees at Kutztown include the B.A., B.F.A, B.S., B.S.B.A., B.S.W., B.S.Ed.; M.A., M.B.A., M.P.A., M.L.S., M.S., M.S.W. and M.Ed.

There are honors programs throughout the undergraduate curriculum. These include the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, international exchange and study abroad programs, freshmen seminars, independent study, internships, four MBA locations, and diversified intensive academic support services.

Kutztown University's library is a modern, spacious facility with 150 computers including laptops, 527 network connections, and seating for 800 patrons. The library houses more than 556,000 bound volumes as well as thousands of maps, periodicals, and microforms. The library also has a Voyager integrated library system and numerous electronic full-text periodical web databases.

Other special facilities at KU include two art galleries, a digital planetarium, observatory, 40 student-accessible computer labs containing more than 1,500 PCs/Macs, smart classrooms, a curriculum materials center, and the Pennsylvania German Heritage Center. KU is a wireless campus.

Student life at Kutztown is highlighted by approximately 200 student organizations. These include: academic, advisory councils, campus media (including a fully-equipped radio station and student newspaper), diversified interest, Greek Life, performing arts, public service, special interest, 21 NCAA Division II varsity athletic teams, club and recreation sports, and visual arts affiliates. Entertainment options include concerts, dances, lectures, comedy shows, excursions and cultural events. The McFarland Student Union features the bookstore, movie theater, game room, snack bar, TV lounge, coffeehouse, financial center and cyber lounge.

KU has 14 residence facilities - 2 apartment facilities, 2 suite style facilities, the honors apartments, and 9 traditional residence halls - serving approximately 4,400 students. All residence halls are wired for cable TV, telephone, Internet and campus network access.

Complete details about Kutztown University can be accessed on the Web at www.kutztown.edu.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $16,474,054


When applying to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.5 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is 20:1, and the school has 42.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania include: Psychology, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Marketing/Marketing Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 6%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5%

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Student Life

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,135, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. At this school, 45.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54.5 percent of students live off campus. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,804
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 68 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Students who have cars on campus 68%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 68.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,191.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,524 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,458 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,350 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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