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Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State Institution (Penn State or PSU) is a public land-grant research university with campuses and facilities across the state. Penn State was founded in 1855 as the Pennsylvania Farmers' High School and became the state's only land-grant institution in 1863. Penn State University is now a large research university that focuses on teaching, research, and public service. Its educational objective includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education, which is delivered both in-person and online.

   University History

    The Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society funded the school, which was established as a degree-granting institution by Pennsylvania's state legislature on February 22, 1855, as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania. Because of local prejudice against such institutions as being impracticable in their courses of study, the terms "college" and "university" were avoided. In 1874, the school's name was changed to Pennsylvania State College, and in 1882, George W. Atherton became president, expanding the curriculum. Penn State quickly became one of the top 10 engineering institutions in the US once he introduced engineering studies. The university became a state-affiliated school in the 1970s.

University Programs, Courses and Schools

Penn State University comprises eighteen colleges, three of which are on special-mission sites. There are fourteen colleges on the University Park site, plus the Graduate School and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.


  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • Smeal College of Business
  • Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Dickinson Law
  • Penn State Law
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • College of Medicine
  • Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing
  • Eberly College of Science
  • Schreyer Honors College
  • Graduate School
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • School of International Affairs


More than 600 undergraduate programs, including minors, majors, certificates, and associate degrees, are available at Pennsylvania State University. There are about 11 thousand courses available across the university's 20 campuses.

Some undergraduate courses are following-

  • Accounting (ACCTG)
  • Aerospace Engineering (AERSP)
  • African American Studies (AFAM)
  • African Studies (AFR)
  • Agribusiness Management (AGBM)
  • Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE)
  • Agricultural Communications (AGCOM)
  • Behavioral Sciences - CA (BESC)
  • Biobehavioral Health (BBH)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
  • Bioethics (BIOET)
  • Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BMH)
  • Chemical Engineering (CHE)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS)
  • Energy Business and Finance (EBF)
  • Engineering (ENGR)
  • Engineering Design (EDSGN)
  • Engineering Graphics Technology (EGT)
  • Engineering Mechanics (EMCH)
  • Engineering Science (ESC)
  • Engineering Technology (ET

Graduate school

With over 14,000 graduate students, Penn State's Graduate School is one of the largest in the country. The Graduate School's objective is to foster high-quality graduate education that trains interdisciplinary leaders to advance knowledge, create innovation, and contribute to the resolution of difficult national and global problems in order to meet social requirements.

For detailed information about all courses and program please visit here-

University Achievements

The University Park campus has a total annual enrollment of around 46,800 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the country's largest Universities. It boasts the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world. In 2015–16, the institution had a total enrollment of almost 97,500 students across its 24 campuses and online through its World Campus. Across all of its sites, the university offers more than 160 majors. During the 2016 fiscal year, the institution spent $836 million on research. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the world's largest student-run philanthropy, takes place every year at the university.

University USP

Penn State is a multi-campus institution with locations across Pennsylvania.   Throughout the state, there are 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special-mission campuses. The one thing that makes Penn State genuinely special is that you'll have access to the world's largest alumni association. It's amazing how important this is and how much it will affect your life. If you choose to attend Penn State, you will be welcomed into a club that spans the globe. Penn State's unique one University philosophy allows students to transfer to another location to finish their degree or to complete a program entirely online.

University Notable Alumni

  • David Aardsma
  • Monica Aksamit 
  • John Amaechi 
  • Adrian Amos 
  • Richie Anderson
  • LaVar Arrington 
  • Horace Ashenfelter
  • Charlie Atherton
  • Britt Baker 
  • Mark Baldwin 
  • Saquon Barkley 
  • Terry Bartlett 
  • Talor Battle
  • Alex Bentley
  • Kelly Ayotte, 
  • William Binney, 
  • Donald Burdick, 
  • Christopher F. Burne
  • Caroline Casagrande, 
  • Kathleen L. Casey, 
  • Frank A. Cipolla, 
  • Jake Corman 
  • Timothy DeFoor, 
  • Charlie Dent,

University infrastructure & services


Penn State has over twenty campuses around Pennsylvania that serve students and communities as part of teaching, research, and service mission. University Park, the largest of the university's 24 campuses, is located in State College borough and College Township in Center County, near the state's geographic centre. It is the most selective Penn State campus, owing to the fact that students choose University Park as their first-choice institution at a much higher percentage than the university's other undergraduate campuses.  According to several publications, it is one of the most selective schools in the state of Pennsylvania. Including University Park campus, Penn state has numerous campuses. 

Some of this following here-

  • ERIE


Penn State University has 36 libraries spread over 22 locations around Pennsylvania. The Pattee and Paterno libraries are the two most important buildings which are located on Penn State's University Park campus.

The Pattee Library was established as part of a joint initiative between the Public Works Administration and the General State Authority. The Pattee Library houses to the 

  • Arts and Humanities Library, 
  • Music and Media Center, 
  • Library Learning Services, 
  • Maps Library, Media Commons, 
  • Digitization and Preservation, 
  • Course Reserves Services, 
  • Disabilities Services, and 
  • News and Microforms Library.

The Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and Special Collections libraries are all located at Paterno Library. The Pattee Library is attached to the building, and the two share a circulation desk. 

Housing services

Penn has provided housing services on campus for its students. For students attending the University Park campus, there are seven housing complexes: 

  • East Halls
  • North Halls 
  • Pollock Halls 
  • South Halls 
  • West Halls
  • Eastview Terrace
  • Nittany Apartments

Each complex is made up of a few dormitory buildings and a commons building with lounges, the complex's help desk, and mailboxes for each dormitory room, a convenience shop, a food court, and an all-you-can-eat buffet. 

Medical services

University Health Services (UHS) is the main center for health care and medical services on campus. This medical service focuses on outpatient student health, including the treatment of medically urgent issues as well as ongoing health concerns. They offer preventative treatment, information, and tools to students in order to help them live a healthy lifestyle.

Students clubs

There are approximately 1,000 student organizations at Penn State to suit practically any interest. You can even start your own if you can't find the ideal fit. Every campus at Penn contains student clubs and organizations. You have the option of choosing your club based on your campus. Some of the names are as follows:

  • 3-D printing club
  • A pair for dream
  • A-7
  • Acacia
  • Academy Health students chapter
  • Access club Penn state
  • Accounting Society
  • Aces Dance crew
  • Actuarial science club

University location

 The Pennsylvania State University which is also known as Penn State is a public land-grant research university with campuses and facilities across the state. Pennsylvania is a state in the United States that spans the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, and Appalachian regions. It is bordered on the southeast by Delaware, on the south by Maryland, on the southwest by West Virginia, on the west by Ohio, on the northwest by Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario, on the north by New York, and on the east by New Jersey. Pennsylvania is the 33rd-largest by area and the fifth-most populous of the 50 United States, with over 13 million citizens as of 2020.

Top landmarks and Airports

On Campus-

  • Nittany Lion Shrine. 
  • Curtin Road at Burrowes Street
  • Old Main
  • Stand on East College Street at South Pugh
  • The Penn State Obelisk
  • Pattee and Paterno Libraries
  • Carnegie Building
  • The Berkey Creamery
  • Beaver Stadium
  • The Bryce Jordan Center


State College (SCE) Airport, which is 3.3 miles distant, is the closest airport to Pennsylvania State University. Altoona (AOO) (43 miles), Dubois (DUJ) (60.4 miles), Harrisburg (MDT) (71.9 miles), and Lancaster (LNS) are all neighboring airports (95.2 miles).

International Students Info

Courses offered

  •  African American Studies (AFAM)
  • African Studies (AFR)
  • Agribusiness Management (AGBM)
  • Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE)
  • Agricultural Communications (AGCOM)
  • Behavioral Sciences - CA (BESC)
  • Biobehavioral Health (BBH)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
  • Bioethics (BIOET)
  • Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BMH)
  • Chemical Engineering (CHE)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS)
  • Energy Business and Finance (EBF)

 Student support

Penn state global provides students support and all the information regarding visas and Immigration to international students. Applicants can visit the official page of the University for All the Information. If you have a fresh (Initial) I-20 or DS-2019, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before applying for a visa. Students who obtain a "transfer pending" I-20 or DS-2019 from Penn State do not have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee if they start school within five months of their previous enrollment.

Guidelines for Visa and Immigrations Applications-

  • At least 3 days before the visa interview, pay the SEVIS I-901 cost (or earlier if you are not paying with a credit card)
  • Fill out the DS-160 visa application form.
  • The Visa Application Fee must be paid (MRV)
  • Make an appointment with the Embassy or Consulate that is nearest to your location to obtain a visa.
  • This NAFSA WEBSITE contains vital visa application tips.
  • Bring the following items to your visa appointment:
  • Your DS-160 barcode receipt
  • The MRV receipt
  • The SEVIS fee receipt
  • Original I-20/DS-2019
  • Passport
  • Financial guarantee
  • Photos, and any other information the U.S. Consulate website indicates.

International Student Contact

For more and detailed information International Students can visit here-The Pennsylvania State University © 2022

410 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802

Call Us (814) 865-7681

  Student life-

Student society

Penn University has 864 student societies in the University Park campus and many more on other campuses. With around 12% of the University Park population affiliated with Greek organizations, the university boasts one of the largest Greek systems in the country.  There are many students society like- 

  • Thespians, 
  • Blue Band, 
  • Chabad, 
  • Glee Club, 
  • Aish HaTorah, 
  • Student Programming Association (SPA), 
  • Lion's Pantry, 
  • Boulevard, 
  • Apollo, 
  • 3D Printer Club, 
  • Digi Digits, and the 
  • Anime Organization, 

        And many more.

Sports and fitness

Penn State University has won numerous awards in athletics. Swimming, dance, yoga, and other recreational activities are among the many indoor and outdoor sports alternatives available to students. The Nittany Lion, Penn State's mascot, is based on a type of mountain lion that previously roamed what is now University Park. The school's official colors were originally black and dark pink, and are now blue and white. For the most part, Penn State competes in NCAA Division I FBS in the Big Ten Conference. There are numerous sports club include-

  • Volleyball
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming

Health & Wellbeing

Penn state university has its own system on campus; they provide all the services regarding health and well-being. CAPS services are available in a variety of modalities. If there is an emergency situation after hours, students can contact the 24/7 Penn State Crisis Line at 1-877-229-6400. They provide many services regarding Health and well-being like-

  • Wellness and self-help options 
  • Group, individual, and couples counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychiatric services
  • Virtual Services
  • Community education and outreach services for the University community.
  1. Residential Life

Residence Life at Penn State University is dedicated to creating a secure and inclusive living-learning community that promotes academic, social, cultural, and personal development. Respect and responsibility for oneself, others, and the Penn State community pervade all projects and services. Residence Life is an important part of a Penn State student's education. The on-campus residential experience integrates in-class academic experiences with off-campus developmental and engagement opportunities in residence halls. Students gain respect and responsibility for themselves and their communities as a result of these possibilities. Students will grow and develop as a result of living on campus, from understanding what it takes to follow community expectations to establishing a safe and inclusive community. A Resident Assistant (RA) is assigned to each community in the Residence Halls and provides support and student leadership to the other students.

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Food & drink

Penn State University offers both on-campus eating and cafeteria options. Thai, American, Mexican, Italian, Indian, French, Seafood, Korean, and other cuisines are available to students.

Among the well-known off-campus dining establishments are:

  • East Food District
  • North food District
  • Pollock Dining Commons
  • South Food District
  • West Food District
  • HUB dining
  • Panera Bread
  • Café Laura
  • Rolling Lion Food Truck
  • Shake smart@IM building

Weekend getaways

      There are many Weekend getaways options around Penn state university.

  • Penn State University.
  • The Arboretum at Penn State.
  • Beaver Stadium.
  • Pegula Ice Arena.
  • Bryce Jordan Center.
  • Palmer Museum of Art.
  • State College Spikes.
  • Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery.

Part time jobs

 On-campus student employment is available through Student Affairs. Penn State University allows you to work with great faculty and obtain professional experience in order to better prepare for your future job. They provide a variety of job opportunities, including:

Many offices at the university hire students for part-time paid jobs. Campus Recreation and the HUB-Robeson Center are two of the main student employers. Many of their smaller possibilities, on the other hand, hire students and provide opportunities for students to gain experience in areas like marketing, photography, graphic design, event planning, program creation, and so on. To apply for current openings, go to Penn State Jobs and look for part-time and/or temporary positions.

Student Safety

Efforts are made on all Penn State campuses to promote a safe and secure environment for living and learning. Students safety, faculty, and staff safety has always been, and will continue to be, a primary priority. The university also maintains an Emergency Preparedness website to address questions about emergency preparedness. For more information regarding student safety you can visit here-

Famous courses

  • African American Studies (AFAM)
  • African Studies (AFR)
  • Agribusiness Management (AGBM)
  • Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE)
  • Agricultural Communications (AGCOM)
  • Behavioral Sciences - CA (BESC)
  • Biobehavioral Health (BBH)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB)
  • Bioethics (BIOET)
  • Bioethics and Medical Humanities (BMH)
  • Chemical Engineering (CHE)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS)
  • Energy Business and Finance (EBF)

Campus recruitment


Penn State University's all campuses organize various campus recruitment programs every year and they allow you to work in the corporate, public, semi-public, and academic sectors. Every year, a large number of organizations visit school to select the best applicant from the University. Not just in the last semester, but all year long, the University offers work opportunities. Students can participate in mentorship programs, career counseling, and networking events. These campus recruitments give the chance to students according to their talents and knowledge; they are given the best package.

Famous companies who recruit directly from Brunel University Campus

  • A.T. Kearney, Inc.    
  • ExxonMobil    
  • Order Up LLC
  • AB Volvo    
  • EY, LLP    Pfizer Inc.
  • Accu Weather, Inc.    
  • Facebook, Inc.    
  • Pittsburgh Corning
  • Actuant Corporation    
  • Ford Motor Company    
  • PolyOne Corporation
  • ADI Analytics LLC    
  • General Electric    
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Agilent Technologies,
  •  Inc. GlaxoSmithKline PLC    
  • PPL Corporation
  • Air Products and Chemicals    
  • IBM    
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Apple Inc.    
  • iGATE Corporation    
  • Rolls-Royce North America Inc.
  • Arcelor Mittal    
  • Inspirage, LLC    
  • Samsung Electronics
  • ARRIS Group, Inc.    
  • Intel Corporation    
  • SanDisk Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson    Schneider Electric
  • BB&T Corporation    
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.    
  1. Median Earnings 5 Years After Graduation      95000     
  2. Median Earnings 2 Years After Graduation       75000 
  3. Employed 2 Years After Graduation         90% 
  4. Employed 6 months After Graduation                  85% 

Brochures & applications (PDF)

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Application Requirements

International students must submit a variety of materials in order to complete their application at Penn State.

Application requirements-

  • Secondary School Records
  • Post-Secondary School Records
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Standardized Tests
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
  • Secondary school records that list the subjects studied each year and the mark or grade of proficiency earned in each.
  • A key to the marking system with information on the minimum passing mark.
  • Examination results, if you complete secondary school in a country where a secondary school leaving examination (GCSE, GCE, CXC, French Baccalaureate, Abitur, etc.) is administered.
  • Certified copies of diplomas or certificates if you have already completed secondary school.

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Pennsylvania State University University Park Cost of studies


Bachelors: $34,858

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific fees.

Pennsylvania State University University Park Deadlines

Bachelors:  November 30

Masters: International applicants must submit materials at least four months before the beginning of the semester for which they are applying

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

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