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In late September 2010 the National Research Council (NRC) of the U.S. National Academies released a long-awaited evaluation of U.S. doctoral programs. The findings are complex and a lot of variables are evaluated, so no unique overall ranking of the programs is possible. But one can analyze the NRC data by applying weights to various criteria. For instance, you can visit and produce a ranking of the various programs yourself. The Penn State physics department ranks highly for any combinations of weights. For instance, our program is in the top ten in the default ranking scenario whether a "larger program" or "smaller program" preference is indicated.

The Penn State physics graduate program comprises a vibrant group of over one hundred students from the U.S. and abroad. If you're interested in joining the graduate program, please download the information you need to apply for admission, and take a look at the graduate brochure. For incoming students, we also provide an arrival guide. You can also read the Graduate Handbook (the official policy handbook for the graduate program) and see old candidacy exams.

The following administrative roles support the graduate program:

Director of Graduate Studies
Graduate Council Representative
Mentor of First-year Graduate Student
Graduate Program & Candidacy Committee
Graduate Recruiting Committee
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