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Penn State, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university.

Ranked #14 among National Public Universities

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We teach students that the real measure of success is what you do to improve the lives of others, and they learn to be hard-working leaders with a global perspective. The best part of Penn State is our people. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in communities near our campuses and across the globe are dedicated to education and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

Old Main, the center of campus.

Old Main is the administrative center of Penn State.

Eastview Terrace, one of the newer residence halls on campus.

Eastview Terrace is one of nine residence halls.

Beautiful Elm trees that line the core of campus.

Elms line the mall between College Ave. and the core of campus.

Pattee and Paterno libraries, great places to study.

Pattee and Paterno Libraries are great places to study.

The student union, home to activities, events, and great food.

The HUB-Robeson Center is home to student activities, events, and great food.

The Palmer Museum of Art.

Palmer Museum of Art houses an ever-changing array of exhibits and displays.

The historic Nittany Lion Inn.

Hearty meals are served at the historic Nittany Lion Inn.

The IST Building, which also serves as a bridge connecting to West Campus.

The IST building is also a unique bridge connecting to the West Campus.

The Nittany Lion Shrine in spring. The most photographed spot on campus.

The Nittany Lion Shrine is the most photographed spot on campus.

Beaver Stadium on a football game day shot from the air.

State College is the third largest city in the state on football weekends.

The Penn State Creamery, home of world-famous ice cream.

Keeney Beany and Alumni Swirl are flavors at the Creamery.

The Lewis Katz Building, home to Penn State Law.

Since 2009, the Lewis Katz building has been home to the Penn State Law School.


University Park is Penn State’s largest campus and is home to a diverse undergraduate population of approximately 46,000 students. Nearly 14,000 students live on campus and enjoy academics, intercollegiate athletics, student activities, and recreation in a classic college town setting. With around 950 clubs and organizations, there are broad opportunities to get involved in campus life.

Elms on the Penn State Campus


Penn State offers a top-tier education with access to expert faculty and unique academic experiences. There are over 160 undergraduate degree programs offered at our University Park campus with the most popular majors being Engineering, Business, Management, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, Social Sciences, and Information Sciences.

Student-faculty ratio is 16:1

25% of classes have fewer than 20 students

State College

Across the street from campus is State College, a bustling small town with an array of coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops, and bars populated mostly by students. Nestled near the base of Mount Nittany, the surrounding area of central Pennsylvania is known as “Happy Valley” and offers skiing, snowboarding and hiking opportunities.

Ranked #15 of 20 Best College Towns in America

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Mt. Nittany, hiking and outdoor activities close to campus.

Mt. Nittany offers opportunities for outdoor activities.

The Corner Room at the heart of downtown State College, the corner of Allen Street and Beaver Avenue.

The Corner Room is one of the most recognizable restaurants on College Ave.

The Diner. Home to world famous grilled stickies.

The Diner is home to world famous grilled stickies.

Jay-Z performing live at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Acts like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and Rihanna perform at the BJC.

The Tavern Restaurant with Fall Leaves.

The Tavern Restaurant is an alumni favorite.

Downtown State College Farmer's Market.

The Locust Lane Farmer's Market stocks fresh produce and flowers.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

The annual Festival of the Arts attracts artists from across the country.