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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Kutztown University

Kutztown University is a public, 4-year university located in rural Berks County, in southeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1866 as Keystone Normal School, it has gone through several changes in its history, evolving from Keystone Normal into Kutztown Teacher's College, then Kutztown College and finally becoming a university in 1983.

Kutztown's 289 acre campus is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. It is centrally located between Reading and Allentown, about 20 from each city. It is 70 miles from Philadelphia.


Kutztown offers more than 100 degree programs in four schools: the College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Visual and Performing Arts. The university's Rohrbach Library contains more than 550,000 volumes and offers access to computer labs and other technology, including scanners, projectors and Smart boards.

There are several opportunities for students to expand their education at Kutztown. These include an Honors program for high-achieving students, internships, a study abroad program and an international exchange program. About 88% of the faculty members have either a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field.

Online courses are also available through KU Online, including a 100% online winter semester program offered each year to help students catch up.


Kutztown University has a rolling admission schedule. It is recommended that incoming freshmen apply by December 1st for Fall enrollment. Students should submit their applications (online or paper), the $35 application fee, an official transcript, standardized test scores and Advanced Placement (AP) scores for general admission. Certain departments, particularly in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, have additional criteria for acceptance.

The school reported that 68% of students who applied were accepted in 2011. The student population is primarily full-time (93%) and about 57% are female. Individuals interested in graduate school will need to apply for admission to a particular program, and requirements vary.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Annual tuition for full-time students who are Pennsylvania residents was $6,428 in the 2012-2013 academic year. For non-residents, full-time tuition was $16,070 a year. In addition, all students will need to pay about $2,000 per year in additional fees, including an activity fee, student union fee, health center fee and technology fee. Tuition is due at the time of enrollment; payment plans available.

The university estimates the total cost of attendance is about $17,000 a year for Pennsylvania residents and $27,000 a year for non-residents. Students should also plan to spend around $1,100 per year on books and materials.

Graduate tuition is the same for all master's programs. The cost per credit hour in 2012 was $429 for residents and $644 for non-residents. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small town, rural*
Student Body 9,487 undergraduate students, 796 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Residence halls, apartments, and rental townhouses available*
Schools (and/or) Programs Four colleges, 160 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Psychology (164)
Master's: Business Administration (36)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 33% in four years; 54% in six years**
Admission Rate 68% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 2,000 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 77% for full time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores 18 to 20 in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; recommended application date for fall semester is December 1.*
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions; applications are reviewed as soon as possible.*
Tuition (YEAR) $6,428 per year (full-time) for PA residents; $16,070 for non-residents in 2012-2013*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants/scholarships (44%), state and local grants (37%), institutional scholarships and grants (3%), federal loans (79%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 85% in 2011**

Sources: *Kutztown University, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530
  • Phone: (877) 628-1915
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