We Are

Discover Penn State

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.


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


Student volunteers


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."