The General Classroom Building houses two lecture halls, numerous traditional-style classrooms, seminar-style classrooms, faculty offices, and the Information Technology offices.
The lecture halls can hold 167 and 96 students respectively, but are rarely full as the campus has a tradition of small class sizes. Seminar-style classrooms allow students and instructors to sit at tables for easier communication.
In the basement of the building ar the Informational Technology offices, where students might go to get help hooking up their laptops to the campus wireless network or to get access to materials from the Media Commons.Tour the GCB
The Laboratory Classroom Building (LCB) houses our biology and chemistry labs. It has three computer labs, with one always available to students even when classes are being taught in the others. Students who need to access a computer lab after the building closes at 11 p.m. can be let in the room by University Police.
The theater-style auditorium in the LCB can hold a class of up to 180 students, but it is rarely filled to capacity. On average, class size at Penn State Beaver is 25, with the largest classes having about 70 students.Tour the LCB
The Library is located to the right of the General Classroom Building. It houses more than 45,000 books; 125 periodicals and newpapers; DVDs, musical recordings on CD; microfilm of The New York Times,Newsweek, Time, and Engineering News Record; and vertical file materials on current topics.
The libary is a branch of the Penn State University Libraries and as such has access to all of the University's library collections, as well as collections for other Big Ten universities.
A computer lab with 13 workstations, Internet access, scanner, printers and word processing software is available. A collaborative workstation is available in the basement for group projects, and wireless Internet access is available throughout the building.Tour the Library
The Michael Baker Building was named after the late Michael Baker Jr., president of Michael Baker Corp., a local engineering firm known nationally for its high standards of excellence.
Mr. Baker was instrumental in the planning and expansion of Penn State Beaver. Baker, who served as president of the Penn State Board of Trustees, worked with local and University Park campus authorities to clear the way for the opening of the campus.
In this building there is an Information, Science and Technology (IST) Lab, which was made possible by a $125,000 grant from the Beaver County Commissioners. On the opposite side of the building there is an engineering room computer lab. Downstairs is the physics lab, the communications lab where the student newspaper is produced, and the Media Commons.
The Media Commons is still and video photo studio where students can learn to about photography, videography and digital editing. Equipment is available to be used in the room and, in some cases, to be checked out for use elsewhere. Digital media can be edited using the room's iMac computer stations.Tour Michael Baker
The campus gymnasium, which recently received a new hard-wood floor, is undergoing a $2.2 million wellness center expansion and renovation project that will open in spring 2012.
This expansion will include 2,600 square feet of fitness and wellness space and 500 square feet of studio space for aerobics and other activities.
The campus offeres eight varsity sports: men’s baseball, basketball, soccer and wrestling; and women’s softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Two club sports, inline hockey and cheerleading, are also popular on campus.
Many faculty offices are housed in the Ross Administration Building, which, except for a classroom and conference rooms, is mainly given over to the business of running the campus.
Upstairs in Ross are the offices of Chancellor Dr. Gary Keefer and Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Donna Kuga.
On the first floor students can visit the Finance and Business Office to pay their bills and obtain a FREE parking pass or the offices of the Registrar and the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), which help students with planning and scheduling classe. Down the hall is the Health Services Office, where a nurse is available to see students five days a week and a doctor is available twice a month. Nearby is the Center for Academic Achievement, the campus's free tutoring center.
The bookstore, located on the ground level of the Student Union Building near the auditorium, is owned and run by Barnes & Nobel.
In addition to textbooks, students can buy soft drinks, snacks, office and art supplies, and Penn State branded clothing.Check out the Campus Bookstore
The Student Union Building is a hub of activity on campus. Downstairs are the game room, auditorium, conference rooms and radio club office. Upstairs are the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Student Life, and the Educational Opportunities Center.
The SUB is the place to go for help with applications and enrollment, financial aid, and personal and career counseling. A study and meeting place is available upstairs in the Student Activities Center, where many clubs meet and computers and printers are available for those needing to do classwork.
Many activities, shows and speakers are presented in the auditorium, and the lobby outside the auditorium is a popular place for campus events.Tour the SUB
The Brodhead Bistro serves meals to the residents of Harmony Hall and other members of the campus community throughout the fall and spring semesters.
A wide selection of hot and cold foods is available at each meal, and packaged food such as cereal, ice cream and frozen dinners can be purchased as well.
The Bistro, which is home to Penn State Beaver's Starbucks, accepts credit cards and cash. Resident students pay with a preloaded meal plan allowanced based on their housing contract.
Outside the Bistro are student mailboxes and a PNC Bank ATM.
Penn State created the statue of the Nittany Lion in the 1940s at University Park as a place for students to hold pep rallies and celebrations. Now every campus has its own Lion Shrine.
The shrine not only shows our pride in our campus and our university, it's also a popular place among students, graduates and visitors to take photos to remember their time here.
When you're on campus, be sure to take a few minutes to spend with the Nittany Lion.Check out the Lion
The crime rate is very low both on campus and in the nearby area. Still, our University Police officers are on duty to keep the campus community safe.
Penn State Beaver maintains a full-time police department that provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year with at least one officer on duty at all times. The department's staff consists of six full-time officers and one part-time officer.
Penn State police officers are certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission. They have the same authority as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania and are required to have the same basic police training, first aid training, and annual in-service training required for municipal police.Visit the Police Services Building
Penn State Beaver has one residence hall, Harmony Hall, which offers students a traditional residence hall experience.
Recently renovated, Harmony Hall houses up to 208 students in areas divided by gender. ID cards are needed to enter the building, and guests must be escorted while in the building, helping to ensure the safety of the residents.
The hall has two big-screen TVs, video games, foosball and pool tables, and laundry facilities. Each room comes equipped with a micro-fridge (microwave / freezer / refrigerator), phone, Internet connection, two desks, and two beds.Tour Harmony Hall
The Brodhead Cultural Center, featuring the 750-seat J. P. Giusti Amphitheater, offers a variety of programs that showcase the talents of local, regional, and national performers.
Every summer and fall, the Cultural Center provides free and low-cost concerts, plus a musical theater production presented by the Center Theatre Players. These shows draw thousands of people from the tri-state area.