Why Penn State York

Penn State York, located on fifty-one hillside acres overlooking the historic city of York in south central Pennsylvania, offers programs to meet the needs of local students, international students, and the community. Explore majors ranging from business to electro-mechanical engineering technology, research alongside award-winning faculty members, and turn your ideas into a product or company through entrepreneurial resources. No matter the path you choose, your experiences here will form the foundation for the future you want to build.

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Get a Degree Locally That’s Recognized Globally

Enroll in one of our twelve four-year or five two-year degree offerings or take advantage of our 2+2 plan and begin nearly any of Penn State’s 275+ majors here before transitioning to another campus, like University Park. No matter which major matches your interest, you’ll be backed by the strength of the Penn State network, our top-ranked research enterprise, faculty experts, and more than 775,000 alumni worldwide ready to open doors to future opportunities.

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The following video shows Whitney Brown when she was a student at Penn State.  Brown began her Penn State story at Penn State York. She discusses the importance of the 2 + 2 plan and how she started at Penn State York and moved seamlessly to University Park to complete her degree. 

A Vibrant Community

Join a community rich in diversity and dedicated to student success in and out of the classroom. Participate in athletics, engage in service activities, conduct undergraduate research, or explore more than twenty clubs and organizations. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, take advantage of the Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Graham Fellows Program) and gain valuable skills to prepare you for your future career.