Awards, Rankings, & Recognition

The Pennsylvania State University, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university. Penn State’s land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.

With $968 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 25 U.S. research universities, and is one of only three institutions in the nation accorded Land Grant, Sea Grant, Sun Grant, and Space Grant status.Across 24 campuses, our 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom — it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world.

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Top Producer of Student Fulbright 2015-2020

 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar Program Top Producer

#1 US Producer of Faculty Fulbright 2019-2020

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

 THE Impact Rankings 2020

Ranked 3rd in the U.S. & 35th in the world

Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020

Ranked 78th in the world

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings recognized Penn State for excellence:


  • Ranked 6th: SDG 14, Life Below Water
  • Ranked 13th: SDG 15, Life on Land
  • Ranked 17th: SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Ranked 24th: SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals
  • Ranked 51st: SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy

Six top-10 rankings Penn State World Campus

 Best Online Programs US News & World Report Bachelor's 2020

U.S. News’ 2020 Best Online Programs

2019 Gold Award for Leadership and Pervasiveness in Global Learning, Research & Engagement

Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU)

Ranked #1 institution in the U.S. for producing the best-prepared, most well-rounded graduates, who are most able to succeed once hired

Survey by The Wall Street Journal

Ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for graduating CEOs

(#1 Stanford, #2 Penn State, #3 Harvard Business School)

Linkedin survey 2018

Ranked in the top 10 at preparing graduates to succeed

Corporate Recruiter College Ranking & Thought Leadership Research

Ranked 18th among public universities

U.S. News & World Report, "Best Colleges 2020“

Ranked 47th among best universities in the world for the quality of education of its students and the research prowess of its faculty

Center for World University Rankings, 2019/20

Ranked 50th in reputation as one of the world's top universities

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2018

Ranked 97th in the world

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019