Pennsylvania State University rankings

"The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities" included Penn State among the "Public Ivies", public universities that purportedly offer an academic experience equivalent to that of Ivy League schools combined with affordably priced tuition.cite book | last = Greene | first = Howard
coauthors = Matthew Greene
title = The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities
publisher = HarperCollins
date = 2001
location = New York
isbn = 0-06-093459-X

The 2006 edition of "Fiske Guide to Colleges" gives Penn State - University Park an academic rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.cite book | last = Fiske| first = Edward B.
coauthors = Robert Logue
title = Fiske Guide To Colleges 2006
publisher = Sourcebooks
date = 2006
isbn = 1402203748

Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2006 "Academic Ranking of World Universities" ranks Penn State - University Park as the #34 university in the U.S. and the #42 university in the world. In addition, Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2007 field ranking puts Penn State 6th in the world for Engineering and Technology field, which confirms the great reputation of Penn State Engineering programs around the globe. cite web | url= | title=Top 500 World Universities | work=Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2006 | publisher=Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University | accessdate=2007-01-24 | year=2006 ]

* In 2006, the Princeton Review ranked Penn State the #2 "party school" in the nation, although this was met with controversy as the evidence was based on student polls administered largely to east coast schools, many of which came from PSU students themselves. The accuracy of the Princeton Review's findings were called into question as many of the most widely known "party schools" were left from the list.cite web | url= | title=No. 2 ranking as party school has Penn State seeing double | publisher=Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | last=Majors | first=Dan | accessdate=2007-01-24 | date=2006-08-23 ]
* In its August 13, 2006, edition, Newsweek ranked Penn State 40th among the world's top 100 global institutions.cite web | url= | title=School Psychology Program: About Penn State University | publisher=College of Education, Penn State University | accessdate=2007-01-24 | year=2006 ]
* In its Sept. 2006 edition, Washington Monthly magazine cited the University as third nationally. Washington Monthly looked at indicators related to how universities benefit the nation.cite journal
year = 2006
month = September
title = The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide
journal = Washington Monthly
volume = 38
issue = 9
pages = 23
id = ISSN 0043-0633
accessdate = 2007-01-24

According to U.S. News Best Colleges 2007, Penn State nationally ranks:cite web | url= | title=Where We Stand: Current Rankings | publisher=Department of University Marketing and Advertising, Office of University Relations. Penn State University | accessdate=2007-01-24 ]
*47th among national doctoral universities (tied)
*18th among undergraduate business programs (tied)
**5th in supply chain management/logistics programs
*14th among undergraduate engineering programs (tied)
**4th in industrial/manufacturing engineering

According to U.S. News Best Graduate Schools 2008, Penn State ranks ]
*87th among the nations 190 law schools (tied)
*19th among graduate engineering programs (tied)
**4th in industrial/manufacturing, 7th in nuclear, 9th in materials, 6th in agricultural (tied)
*29th among schools of education (tied)
**4th in vocational/technical education, 1st in higher education administration, and 9th in counseling/personnel services

The National Research Council (NRC) rated Penn State's Department of Geography #1 in the United States in 1995.cite web | url= | title=Table M-3: Selected Characteristics of Research-Doctorate Programs in Geography | work=Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States: Continuity and Change | format=MS Excel | publisher=National Academy of Sciences | year=1995 | accessdate=2007-01-24 ] cite web | url= | title=NRC rankings in each of the 41 areas | work=A Brief Summary of the NRC Rankings | last=Newton | first=H.J. | accessdate=2007-01-24 | year=1997 ]

A recent report indicated that Penn State's football program ranks 12th nationwide in terms of economic contributions to each program's university, athletic department, conference, and community. The report, based on ticket sales, sponsorships, football program expenses, athletic department expenses (non-football), shared conference profits, and county revenue figures during home football games, revealed that the Nittany Lions are presently worth roughly US$63 million.cite web|url=|title=The Most Valuable College Football Teams||coauthors=Jack Gage, Peter J. Schwartz|date=2006-12-22|accessdate=2007-01-15]

On January 24, 2007, the Sustainable Endowments Institute released a report grading 100 colleges in terms of endowment policies and efforts being made towards implementing campus sustainability initiatives. Penn State received a "C+" grade, with "A" grades in the subcategories of Administration and Food & Recycling. The University's report card cited the farm-to-college program and composting operations in place in the University's dining commons as strengths.cite web | url= | title=Report Card: Pennsylvania State University | work=College Sustainability Report Card | publisher=Sustainable Endowments Institute | date=2007-01-24 | accessdate=2007-01-24 | type=pdf] cite web | url= | title=Green Report Card: Colleges Graded | publisher=Sustainable Endowments Institute | date=2007-01-24 | accessdate=2007-01-24 | type=pdf] cite web | url= | title=Colleges graded on environmental practices | publisher=USA Today | last=MacDonald | first=G. Jeffrey | date=2007-01-24 | accessdate=2007-01-24 | type=pdf]


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