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Corporate recruiters rank Penn State #1

Corporate recruiters rank Penn State #1, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Penn State was recognized by the Wall Street Journal for its ability to prepare graduates for the job market.

The university was ranked first among 100 colleges — including several Ivy League schools — in a September 2010 survey of 479 recruiters from companies across the United States.

The recruiters cited Penn State’s wide range of academic majors and its ability to give students the well-rounded education needed to thrive in a variety of industries. Recruiters are also able to make connections within multiple academic areas at Penn State, including business, communications, engineering, and information sciences and technology.

Penn State holds two career fairs annually in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. These fairs are among the largest recruiting events in the United States, and draw many alumni back to recruit fellow Penn Staters for their companies.

Additionally, many of Penn State’s campuses and academic colleges hold career fairs pertaining to specific majors or geographic areas.

Related Articles:
Byrne, Ted. "How Come Penn State’s on Top?" B2B Magazine.
Wintner, Micah "PSU No.1 for job recruitment" The Daily Collegian
Rayman, Jack "Ranking solidifies PSU potential" The Daily Collegian


Rankings and Ratings

Many of our programs are nationally ranked. Here are just a few of the Penn State achievements we're proud of.

Fulbright Scholars: Penn State tied for third nationally
National Science Foundation Student Fellowships: Penn State ranks 1st in Big Ten
Student-run Philanthropy: Penn State ranks 1st

2012 Dance Marathon raised over $10.6 million for children with cancer

Students studying abroad: Penn State ranks 8th nationally among peer institutions

Teach for America program: Penn State ranks 2nd in student applications

William Randolph Hearst Foundation  Intercollegiate Journalism Award Program

  • 2nd overall
  • 2nd in writing
  • 4th in broadcast news

NCAA  Student-Athlete Graduation Rates

  • Penn State graduation rate: 83%
  • (average of NCAA Division 1 Institutions: 64%)

Where We Stand: Current Rankings (Full listing)