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:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  • American Chemical Society (program approval)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Sport Management Accreditation
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education


  • 7,469 undergraduate and graduate students; 59% women/41% men
  • 36 states and 26 countries are represented; most students are from Pennsylvania
  • Average class size is 26

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • 1st-year retention rate: 78%
  • 4-year graduation rate: 41%
  • 6-year graduation rate: 54%

Academic Opportunities


  • Teacher-scholars engaged in research, writing and consulting
  • 94% tenure and tenure-track faculty have their doctorate or terminal degree
  • Student/Faculty Ratio of 17:1

Academic Support Services

Featured Facilities

  • Rohrbach Library is a full-service library offering computer labs, study spaces, research services and access to more than 100 databases and 1.3 million total print and electronic volumes. The library is also the location of STEAMworks, a makerspace lab offering a range of services from lamination to 3D printing.
  • Art Galleries and studios
  • Esports arena
  • Music performance facilities
  • Planetarium and observatory
  • Public Relations lab
  • Scanning Electron Microscope lab
  • Social Media Analytics Strategic Hub (SMASH)
  • TV production facilities
  • Radio station
  • Wireless classrooms and student lounges
  • Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Virginia
  • Environmental study area (Ecoplot)
  • Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
  • KU Small Business Development Center
    • Students and faculty provide clients with no cost assistance for financial projections, business and strategic planning, marketing research, digital media services and international trade.
  • The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (PASBDC)

First Destination Career Outcomes (from graduation to six months)

  • 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 *
  • 69% of master degree graduates were either employed or furthering their education **
  • 78% 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 2020)


  • 73,000 KU graduates can be found across the U.S. and beyond.

Housing, Dining Services and Residence Life

  • First-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus their first four semesters (excluding summer sessions) or until they have earned 60 credits for first year students and 48 credits for transfers.
  • 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 and Special Interest Housing communities connect academic learning with residence life. Past communities have included KUVA art, social work, Board of Governors scholars, transfer student, Honors Program, Stonewall community and more.
  • Two eateries include all-you-care-to-eat premium meals and one 24 / 7 dining. In addition, there are four coffee shops (including Starbucks), a traditional-style cafeteria, snack bars and grills, and Chick-Fil-A on campus.
  • Students living in traditional residence halls and suites are required to have one of the 24/7 unlimited meal plans (MyTime Dining Diamond, Platinum, or Gold).

Student Life

  • McFarland Student Union acts as an alternate living room and home away from home with many areas for interaction. Amenities include TVs, study and interactive work spaces, meeting rooms, the Cub Café, Starbucks coffee shop, movie theatre, computer lab, commuter lounge, radio station, Esports Arena, student organization offices, outreach center, credit union, and the Campus Store.
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Women’s Center, and Military and Veterans Services Center
  • Approximately 200 student organizations and clubs including civic engagement, diversified focus, faith-based, Greek life, media and publications, special interest, and visual and performing arts 
  • Musical entertainment, dances, lectures, comedy, excursions, and cultural events are planned throughout the year
  • Student Recreation Center houses a rock-climbing wall, provides fitness programs/equipment, racquetball courts, gymnasiums, and a juice bar
  • 18 recreation and sports clubs, including two elite programs (women’s and men’s rugby)


  • NCAA Division II, Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC)
  • 8 men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, wrestling 
  • 14 women’s sports: acrobatics and tumbling, 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, weight room, playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, indoor/outdoor track, cross country course

Financial Aid

    • Sesquicentennial Academic Honors Scholarship
    • Board of Governors Scholarship
    • Pell Promise Scholarship
    • STEM Scholarship
    • Regional Excellence Award

      Approximately 80% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or campus employment. Kutztown awards scholarships that can be combined with any need-based financial aid you receive after filing the FAFSA. We automatically review students for scholarships at the time of acceptance. Ensure that you list KU when filing the FAFSA and our Financial Aid Office will review for need-based aid.

      Some of our scholarships include:

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees