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Pennsylvania State University, commonly referred to as Penn State, is a land-grant, state-related public research university. It was established in 1855, with the main campus located in University Park. This campus offers Enrolment to more than 30, 000 undergraduate students and over 6, 000 graduate students. There are 13 colleges at the University Park campus:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • 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
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • Eberly College of Science
  • Graduate School
  • Schreyer Honors College
  • Smeal College of Business
The Penn State's main campus offers a staggering number of undergraduate and graduate degrees, apart from continuing education and distance education programs. Quite a few research options are also available for the students.

The sports teams of Pennsylvania State University wear the official colors of blue and white, and the mascot is the Nittany Lion. There are men's and women's teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, fencing, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, softball, wrestling, and field hockey.

Profile of Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

Penn State is located in University Park, PA (a small city). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by Penn State is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Penn State is known for its programs in science, media, engineering, and computer science and engineering.

Penn State Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 520. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 560 and 660. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Penn State has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Penn State had 43, 252 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Penn State offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Big Ten Conference.

Penn State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering1, 748mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, architectural engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, engineering mechanics, . . .
Liberal Arts1, 715Spanish language, English, history, economics, political science, international relations, geography, sociology, . . .
Business and Management1, 574finance, accounting, marketing, business management, organizational behavior, managerial economics, labor relations, MIS, . . .
Science1, 012biology, biological and physical sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geology, . . .
Media901journalism, advertising, communication studies, communication and journalism, mass communication
Education and Teaching853elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, curriculum and instruction, special ed, adult education, art education, music teaching, adult ed administration, . . .
Therapy and Counselling638psychology, communication disorders, school psychology, Counselling psychology, educational psychology
Computer Science and Engineering598information science, computer and info science, computer engineering, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy422exercise science, parks and recreation management, rehabilitation, dietitian assistant, parks and recreation studies
Family and Social Work315family studies, human nutrition, community organization
Nursing and Emergency Medicine272registered nursing, various nursing
Security and Law Enforcement268criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Hospitality215hospitality administration, hospitality management
Mathematics149mathematics, statistics
Landscaping and Horticulture146turf management, landscaping, horticultural science, soil science, agronomy, various plant science courses
Agricultural Science and Management142food science, agricultural operations, agricultural education, agricultural mechanization, agricultural economics, agriculture, agricultural business
Art Studies139art studies, visual and performing arts
Animal Science and Care122animal science, various animal sciences courses
Medical administration107health care administration
Conservation and Resource Management100natural resources courses, forest sciences, conservation, forestry, forest technology
Religion and Philosophy95philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Architecture and Planning92architecture, landscape architecture
Photography and Commercial Art71film studies
Drama and Performing Arts64acting, theatre design, drama
Music49music performance, music, voice, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, music history and theory, piano
Fine Arts31art history and criticism
Science and Laboratory Technician29biology tech
Law23law, foreign lawyers, legal studies
Design23graphic design
Engineering Technician4environmental engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech

Contact: Penn State

Pennsylvania State University Main Campus

201 Old Main

University Park, PA 16802-1589

General Phone: (814) 865-4700


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