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 (AAAHC)
  • American Chemical Society (program approval)
  • 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 for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • 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)


  • Approximately 8,199 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • Most students are from Pennsylvania
  • 32 states and 43 countries are represented
  • 55% women, 45% men
  • Average class size is 26

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
  • 92% tenure and tenure-track faculty have their doctorate or terminal degree
  • Student/Faculty Ratio of 17:1

Academic Support Services

Featured Facilities

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 *
  • 82% of master degree graduates were either employed or furthering their education **
  • 79% of employed undergraduates and 96% 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 2018)


  • 69,000 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.
    • 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 Governor's 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, a traditional-style cafeteria, snack bars, and grills, and a Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A on campus.

    Student Life

    • McFarland Student Union houses a large video wall and electronic directory with interactive maps to guide you through the building or across campus. The student union acts as an alternate living room and home away from home with many areas for interaction. Additional amenities include multiple lounges, TVs, study spaces, interactive workspaces, and meeting rooms, the Cub Café, Starbucks coffee shop, movie theatre, computer lab, commuter lounge, radio station and university/student organization offices.
    • 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
    • 19 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 
    • 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, weight room, 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:
      • Avalanche Academic Scholarships
      • Sesquicentennial Academic Honors
      • President's Academic Honors
      • Transfer Book Award
      • KU Academic Excellence Scholarships
    • 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