Penn Staters are known for loving the number one, especially when it’s where the Nittany Lions land in the polls at season’s end. But a University that stretches from Erie to Philadelphia and from 1855 to 2009 has many other interesting numbers. Here are 50 fun facts:
61,000,000—Dollars raised by the student-run THON since 1977 for The Four Diamonds Fund, assisting children with cancer.
17,409,222—Cost of Penn State’s electric bill for University Park alone last year.
2,500,000—Berkey Creamery ice cream cones eaten per year.
1,500,000—Daily gallons of wastewater treated, on average, by the University’s sewer plant in State College, Pa.
665,000—Degrees awarded by Penn State since the first 12 were granted in 1861.
290,000—Dollars Housing Operations spent on 2,569 new mattresses for the residence halls last summer.
161,234—Members of the Penn State Alumni Association, making it the largest dues-paying alumni association of its kind in the world.
110,753—People who witnessed Penn State’s 40-7 win over Nebraska on Sept. 14, 2002, the largest crowd in Beaver Stadium’s history.
109,000—Applications for admission to Penn State for 2009, including all campuses, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, College of Medicine and World Campus.
107,282—Official capacity of Beaver Stadium.
94,301—University-wide enrollment, fall semester 2009.
50,000—Books that were housed in Penn State’s second library, built with funds donated by industrialist Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1904. Today, University Libraries houses more than 5.3 million books and 88,000 serials.
44,000—People employed by Penn State (full-time and part-time) at all locations.
43,832—Students enrolled at University Park, fall semester 2009.
26,400—Bottles of water used during THON 2009.
22,000—Films, videos and DVDs in the University’s collection.
15,000—Student volunteers involved in THON.
13,229—Students living in residence halls and University-owned apartments at University Park.
11,500—Average number of hot dogs sold during each home football game.
7,000—Dollars appropriated by Pennsylvania for the first creamery building in 1889.
6,802—Tuition per semester for freshmen and sophomores at University Park this year.
4,400—Approximate number of room switches per year in the residence halls.
4,000—Berkey Creamery ice cream cones sold during a typical home football weekend.
3,689—Final exams scheduled at University Park last year.
750—Companies in research partnerships with Penn State.
708—Students danced in the 2009 THON, spending 2,760 minutes (46 hours) on their feet For the Kids.
500—Tuition, in dollars, per 10-week term in 1979.
393—Wins by head football coach Joe Paterno since 1966.
310—Members in the 2009 Blue Band
301—Home games played in Beaver Stadium in its current location.
239—Nittany Lions drafted by NFL teams.
160—Majors offered on Penn State campuses.
112—Years that Penn State Thespians, the oldest continuous student organization on campus, have been producing shows.
102—Flavors of ice cream made by the Berkey Creamery, although only 20 or so flavors are available for scooping at any given time.
100—Words in Penn State’s Alma Mater.
96—Consecutive matches won by the Penn State women’s volleyball team through the end of the 2009 regular season—an NCAA record.
90—Percentage of the world’s golf courses covered with Penn State-bred turfgrass varieties.
63.4—Tons of stuff donated, mostly by departing students, to the annual “Trash to Treasure Sale” held at Beaver Stadium. The May 2009 sale converted the would-be trash into more than $60,000 benefitting the Centre County United Way.
60—Years Joe Paterno has been at Penn State. Paterno arrived as an assistant coach in 1950 and has been head coach since the 1966 season.
50—Tons of waste on average collected at each home football game, of which approximately 35 percent is recycled.
41—Number of bowl games Penn State has played in to date, with Joe Paterno involved—as an assistant or head coach—in all but two of those bowl games, the 1923 Rose Bowl and the 1948 Cotton Bowl.
25—Penn State campuses including medicine, law and the online World Campus.
23—Years since Penn State’s last national championship in football.
16—Number of Penn State Presidents to date; Graham Spanier became the University’s 16th president in 1995.
9—Campuses with residence halls: Altoona, Berks, Beaver, Erie, Greater Allegheny (formerly McKeesport), Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mont Alto and University Park.
6—Appearances by Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl, more than any other bowl game. Second place: Orange Bowl with five appearances.
5—Cost, in dollars, of the Penn State ice-cream making correspondence course Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield took in the 1970s.
3—Nittany Lion football players named first team 2009 Academic All-Americans, the most of any school in the nation: senior linebacker Josh Hull, senior kick snapper Andrew Pitz, and junior center Stefen Wisniewski.
2—Number of undisputed national championships won by Penn State’s football team, in 1982 and 1986.
1—Number of people who have received a two-flavor Creamery ice cream cone (President Bill Clinton during a 1996 visit).