I. The Pennsylvania State University

Academic and Research Units

Penn State University Park

The University Park campus, located in Centre County, is the administrative center of the University. It is the primary site for graduate study and enrolls about half of all Penn State undergraduates. The University Park campus also houses most of the University's major research facilities, both those within colleges and those contained in intercollege research units. Based on an index developed by the Association of Research Libraries, the University Libraries, with their central administration at the University Park campus, rank among the top ten research libraries in the United States and Canada. The campus also is the home of the Palmer Museum of Art and the Center for the Performing Arts.

Thirteen academic units confer degrees at the University Park campus: the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Smeal College of Business, Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, the Liberal Arts, Nursing, Eberly College of Science, and the Graduate School. Faculty at all Penn State campuses are members of these academic units.

Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington, founded in 1950, is located in Montgomery County on a beautiful suburban site a few miles north of the Philadelphia city limits. Penn State Abington offers a comprehensive collegiate experience in a small college environment.

Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona was established in 1939 and became a baccalaureate, degree-granting college in 1997. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive undergraduate educational experience for students seeking a Penn State opportunity in a residential, small-campus environment.

Penn State Berks

Penn State Berks, founded in 1958, is located in Berks County on a 258-acre rural site nestled against commercial areas just outside of Reading. The college offers associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and a variety of certificate programs.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is a residential college offering 35 bachelor’s degrees, four master’s degrees, and four associate degrees. Students can also complete the first two years of most other baccalaureate degree programs offered by the University.

Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg, located in Middletown, is an undergraduate college and graduate school, offering associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Penn State Harrisburg also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 Penn State undergraduate majors available throughout the Commonwealth. 

University College

The University College comprises fourteen campuses located across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Beaver, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, and York.

For more information about the degree programs offered and the organization of the University College, refer to Appendix 1.

Schreyer Honors College

The Schreyer Honors College is a University-wide honors program for academically superior undergraduate students. It does not confer degrees, but provides a diploma notation. Admission is highly competitive. Schreyer Scholars from all of Penn State's academic colleges pursue enriched honors study and research, as well as a wide selection of international and service opportunities.

Law Schools

Legal education at Penn State embraces the University’s mission to improve the lives of the people of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world through legal teaching, scholarship, and service. Law is the foundation of social order and prosperity. Penn State trains students to practice law at the highest level in an increasingly global world through a rigorous course of study including both classroom-based and clinical learning. Our faculty and staff reflect diverse life experiences and ideas. We understand the important role lawyers play in the administration of justice and are committed to meaningful diversity among our students.       

Starting with students enrolling in fall 2015, Penn State will offer two law schools: Dickinson Law and Penn State Law.

Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies

The Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies is a special-mission campus of the University, providing graduate programs and continuing professional education for adults in southeastern Pennsylvania.

College of Medicine

The College of Medicine is located on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. The College of Medicine offers degree programs in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioengineering, cell and molecular biology, genetics, homeland security, immunology and infectious diseases, integrative biosciences, laboratory animal medicine, microbiology and immunology, molecular medicine, molecular toxicology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, and public health sciences.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is recognized as one of the nation's premier academic health centers, recruiting faculty members who are internationally known for their accomplishments in research, education, and patient care.

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology is an affiliate of the University as a wholly owned subsidiary to the Corporation for Penn State, but maintains its own mission, goals, and board of directors. Admission and administrative policies are set by Penn College and may differ from those of Penn State.

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education. Partnerships with business and industry are a key ingredient of Penn College's "degrees that work." Unique bachelor's and associate degree majors, as well as specialized certificate programs, focus on applied technology and provide students the opportunity to work on projects that combine hands-on experience with theory and management education related to their field of study.




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