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Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business


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Contact Information


220 Business Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
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School Data

Annual Tuition: $26,422

Acceptance Rate: 19%

Full-Time Enrollment: 117

International: 30%

Minority: 18%

Female: 34%

Male: 66%

Application Deadlines: Application reviews and decisions are made on a rolling basis. Early Decision: October 1, Priority deadline for all applicants seeking merit-based financial aid: December 1, Final deadline for all applicants seeking merit-based financial aid: February 1, Final deadline for all applicants not seeking merit-based financial aid: April 1.

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program drives individualized leadership growth along with a comprehensive understanding of how business works in a changing global economy. Courses are taught within a “7-1-7” modular format. The first set of courses is taught in the first seven weeks of the fall semester. Students then experience a one-week immersion course before returning to a final set of courses during the remaining seven weeks of the semester.

Year two begins with a 360 Degree Multi-Rater Assessment. Smeal’s leadership assessment provides feedback on students’ leadership behaviors—each one rated by the student and up to ten other fellow students and former colleagues. Results are summarized to help students understand strengths and identify development needs.

Finally, the courses students decide to take during Modules V-VIII of the second year allow them to explore one of three paths: functional concentrations, a custom concentration, or a general management concentration.

Watch Poets&Quants’ John A. Byrne Interview MBA Admissions Director Stacey Dorang Peeler of Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.  Watch the full interview.