Pennsylvania State University, commonly referred to as Penn State, is the sole land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university of Pennsylvania. A research-intensive university, Penn State operates more than twenty campuses scattered throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as a teaching hospital which provides care to more than one million patients annually. Penn State’s main campus is located in University Park, PA, near the geographical center of the state, and sits on over 7,000 acres with nearly 1,000 buildings. Established in 1855, Penn State is built upon the core values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community. One of the world’s top universities, Penn State boasts the largest alumni network in the nation and has been granted the highest rating for research universities by the Carnegie Foundation.
Academic ProgramsPennsylvania State University has held accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. More than 160 baccalaureate degree programs and over 160 graduate degree programs are offered, including doctorates and academic and professional degrees. A dozen academic colleges are located at Penn State’s University Park Campus, as well as several more colleges scattered across the state. Most undergraduate students who are interested in majors offered by the University Park colleges begin their education at one of Penn State’s Commonwealth campuses and then transition to University Park after their second year in order to complete their degree as part of the University’s 2+2 Plan. This plan, where students spend their first two years at one campus before transitioning to another, is followed by approximately 60% of students.
The Penn State’s University Park colleges include the College of Agricultural Sciences; College of Arts and Architecture; Smeal College of Business; College of Communications; College of Earth and Mineral Sciences; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Health and Human Development; College of Information Sciences and Technology; College of the Liberal Arts; College of Nursing; and the Eberly College of Science.
Student LifeAn estimated total of 100,000 students are enrolled at Penn State, across all campuses and at all levels. The University Park’s enrollment figure, however, reaches nearly 50,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students. Housing is available at every Penn State campus – on-campus housing includes dormitory-style residence halls and apartment complexes as well as privately-owned apartments and housing complexes. More than 850 student organizations are recognized on the University Park campus; these groups cater to a wide and varied group of students, and include intramural sports, club teams, theater companies, improve groups, musical ensembles, professional societies, special interest clubs, service groups, social fraternities and sororities, and more.
As an NCAA Division I-A school, Penn State boasts more than thirty intercollegiate athletic teams made up of more than 800 student-athletes. A member of the Big Ten Conference, Penn State boasts over 75 national team championships since 1924 and has won even more Big Ten Championships and tournament titles since joining the conference in 1991.