This is Penn State

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This is Penn State

There’s a reason Penn State consistently ranks among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Across 24 campuses, our 100,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom—it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world.

Our ideals stem from our origins as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, which allow us to continue to bring positive impact to humanity through our teaching, research, and engagement mission. And across the world is a community of Penn Staters—more than half a million strong—driven by that same spirit to serve our local and global communities.

From access to state-of-the-art resources to interdisciplinary pursuits in collaborative atmospheres, a Penn State degree is more than an education. The experiences and knowledge gained here will form the foundation for the lives our students build. Their contributions to the world begin with a Penn State degree.

We Are Penn State.

One Degree with Endless Opportunities

No matter how you learn and work, in whatever discipline you choose, you’ll emerge with the same Penn State degree. For anyone with the willingness to put in the hard work—from the first-generation college students making up one-fourth of our student body to the more than 17,000 adult learners—our doors and resources are open.

This includes access to more than 275 baccalaureate degree programs across 24 campus locations —including a medical college, two law schools, and a school of graduate professional studies, plus an online World Campus.

If you have a dream and the determination, we want to help make it a reality. As part of our Invent Penn State initiative, Penn State has funded twenty-one innovation hubs designed to boost entrepreneurship and economic development in communities surrounding all our campuses.

Expert Research Based in Collaboration

Here, we believe ideas and solutions come from including a multitude of perspectives. Fifteen disciplines—from psychology to atmospheric science and materials engineering—rank nationally in the top ten for research expenditures. (Only one other major research university—Johns Hopkins—shares this distinction.) From stopping the spread of malaria to developing farming practices that protect the water quality in the Chesapeake watershed, our interdisciplinary researchers solve problems that impact the world.

And that collaboration extends beyond Penn State. As a top twenty-five research university, we collaborate with industrial, educational, governmental, and agricultural partners to research issues that are valuable to society. In each of the last four years, total research expenditures have topped $968 million, placing the University among the nation’s leaders.

A Community of Shared Pride and Success

Here, passion is met with collaboration in an environment that is rooted in shared pride for the accomplishments of our fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

With a comprehensive health system caring for more than one million patients a year and the world’s largest student-run philanthropic organization raising more than $127 million to benefit pediatric cancer research, Penn Staters cheer each other on to build a culture committed to service and engagement.

And that culture is diverse—our community is made up of students from all walks of life and more than forty countries around the world. Even after graduation, our community continues to share expertise and support. Our global network of more than half a million alumni is available to students when they want advice on job networking, mentoring opportunities, and what to expect in the future.

Penn State Values

Our University values represent our core ethical aspirations for all our daily activities and actions as students, faculty, staff, and volunteers at Penn State.