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Fast Facts

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a member of the State System of Higher Education, was founded in 1866 as Keystone State Normal School, became Kutztown State Teachers College in 1928, Kutztown State College in 1960, and achieved university status in 1983. Today, Kutztown University is a modern, comprehensive institution. 


KU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000), the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the following:

  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAACH)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


  • Approximately 8,329 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • Most are Pennsylvania residents
  • 29 states and 31 countries are represented
  • 56% women, 44% men
  • Average class size is 25

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • 1st year retention rate: 74%
  • 4-year graduation rate: 38%
  • 6-year graduation rate: 53%

Academic Opportunities

  • Teacher scholars engaged in research, writing and consulting
  • 93% tenure and tenure-track faculty have their doctorate or terminal degree
  • Student/Faculty Ratio of 18:1

Academic Support Services

Featured Facilities

Career Outcomes

  • 93% of our graduates who responded to the most recent Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education survey report that they are employed or enrolled in graduate school *
  • 90% of master degree graduates were either employed or furthering their education **
  • 77% of employed undergraduates and 88% of employed graduate students reported employment in a position related to their career goals **

*2013-14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Alumni Satisfaction Survey (as of 9/29/2016)
**KU First-Destination Career Outcomes Survey from graduation to six months after degree completion (Class of 2016)


  • 76,000 KU graduates can be found across the U.S. and beyond.

Housing and Dining

  • First-year students are required to live on campus their first four semesters (excluding summer sessions) or until they have earned 60 credits.
  • First-year students are permitted to have a car on campus.
  • Residence facilities include traditional, suite-style and apartment-style.
  • Residence halls are wired for cable TV; have wireless Internet access; and 24-hour security desks.
  • Living/learning communities connect academic learning with residence life. These communities include: These communities include: KUVA (art), anthropology/sociology, social work, physical sciences, and education as areas of study; as well as the Frederick Douglass Institute, Honors Program, and a music special interest group.
  • Two newly renovated eateries include all-you-care-to-eat premium mealsand 24/7 dining. In addition there are four coffee shops, a traditional-style cafeteria, snack bars and grills, and a Chick-Fil-A on campus.

Student Life

  • McFarland Student Union houses multiple lounges, TVs, study spaces, meeting areas, the Cub Café, Starbucks coffee shop, movie theatre, commuter lounge, computer lab and
    radio station
  • Approximately 200 student organizations and clubs including: civicengagement, diversified focus, faith-based, Greek life, media and publications,
    special interest, and visual and performing arts
  • Musical entertainment, dances, lectures, comedy, excursions, and culturalevents are planned throughout the year
  • Student Recreation Center houses a rock climbing wall, provides fitnessprograms/equipment, racquetball courts, gymnasiums, and a juice bar
  • 19 recreation and sports clubs


  • NCAA Division II, Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC)
  • 8 men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, tennis, indoorand outdoor track and field, wrestling
  • 13 women's sports: basketball, bowling, cross country, field hockey, golf,lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track
    and field, volleyball
  • Athletic facilities include: swimming pool, stadium, fieldhouse, weightroom, playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, indoor/outdoor track,
    cross-country course

Financial Aid

  • Approximately 80% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or campus employment.
  • Scholarships include:
    - KU STEM
    - KU Promise
    - Sesquicentennial Academic Honors
    - President's Academic Honors
    - Transfer Book Award
  • Some of the awards available to incoming PA students include:
    - Golden Bear Maroon, Gold and Platinum Awards:
    - Board of Governors Tuition Scholarships
  • For non-PA students, there is an Out-of-State Tuition Reduction program
  • Over 500 awards based on selective criteria are available

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees