IST at a Glance

The College

Opening its doors in 1999, the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State is home to a thriving community of students, scholars, staff, alumni, and friends. Through innovative research and a student-centered approach to interdisciplinary education, we are delivering on the college's founding mission to prepare leaders for the Information Age.

1999

College of IST
enrolls first students

24

Degree and certificate programs

21

Campuses offer
IST degrees or courses

7,300+

IST alumni

#1

Penn State - Best Alumni Network
(Princeton Review - 2019)

#6

Best Online Master's
in Computer IT Programs
(USNWR - 2020)

 

Our Students

There is no such thing as a typical IST student. They hail from all over the world and bring their diverse experiences to campus, creating a dynamic and supportive community that celebrates individual successes and group achievements. But they do have one thing in common—a drive to make our world a better place.

1,900+

Undergraduate students

150+

Graduate students

1,500+

Online graduate and
undergraduate students
(Penn State World Campus)

76/24

Male-female
student ratio

15%

Underrepresented students
(race/ethnicity)

14%

International students

 

Career Outcomes

Our students and graduates blend technological expertise with teamwork and communication skills to tackle real-world problems, preparing them for critical roles with many of the world's leading companies, organizations, government agencies, and graduate schools. Their technical knowledge, business savvy, and global awareness position them as collaborative and versatile leaders who can thrive in every environment.

100%

Undergraduate students
complete an internship
before graduating

84%

Undergraduate students
receive a job offer from
an internship provider

50%

Undergraduate students
complete multiple
internships

$68,000

Average full-time
starting salary
(B.S. graduates)

2,300+

Positions posted to
Nittany Lion Careers
for IST students

300+

Organizations recruit
IST students annually

 

Research and Faculty

Research in IST focuses on systems-level thinking, higher conceptualization of global problems, and interdisciplinary connectivity. We explore innovative solutions to how we can deal with the complex and emerging problems that are changing the way we think, live, and engage with the world. Our faculty, students, and scholars represent the best Penn State has to offer.

$15 million

External research
funding awarded

$270 million

Total research funding
awarded since 1999

$700,000+

Seed grants and matching
funds awarded by IST

65

Full-time faculty

19

Affiliate faculty

80+

Part-time and
visiting faculty

All stats are for the University Park campus in 2019 unless otherwise noted.