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Penn State is a top-ranked research university and Pennsylvania's sole land-grant institution, founded with a mission of high-quality teaching, expert research, and global service. Discover a community—more than 700,000 strong—driven to make a difference.

THON by the Numbers

Since 1973, the Penn State Dance Marathon has brought together a community of Penn Staters to raise millions of dollars to fund pediatric cancer research and help better the lives of children and families affected by childhood cancer.

$180M

Raised for pediatric cancer research through THON, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy.

16,500+

Student volunteers

4,000

Families who have benefitted from THON fundraising.

We Are

The following is a 30-second video in which a Penn State student sings the University’s alma mater as scenes representing various parts of Pennsylvania are shown on screen. This includes a truck driving through farmland, Philadelphia’s City Hall, Pittsburgh neighborhoods, an Amish horse and buggy, factory workers, runners, bikers, skateboarders at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and a family on top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. Interspersed with these scenes is the following message: "Dear Pennsylvania, wherever you are, we are with you. Always. We are Penn State."