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Why Penn State?

Penn State’s tradition of academic excellence, investment in student success, and commitment to providing unrivaled opportunities make the University a great place to study, but it is the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff that make it truly exceptional. 

We are looking for students that want to share in the passions and talents of this impactful Penn State community. Discover how your Penn State years will not only shape your academic and career pursuits, but will broaden your perspective, establish life-long connections, and set the stage for experiences you cannot even begin to imagine.

Find your place at Penn State.

Note: Apply now for summer/fall 2017!

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MyPennState offers more than just your application. Review your offer of admission, schedule a visit, or submit your deposit to become one step closer to being a Penn Stater!

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To learn more about your future life at Penn State, join us for an Accepted Student Program. These events help answer your questions and help you envision your future at Penn State.

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Pride Week at Penn State
Happy Pride Week! Pride Week is a whole week at Penn State dedicated to celebrating and creating awareness about the LGBTQA community. It is organized by the school’s LGBTQA Student Resource Center. This year’s Pride Week includes a HUB takeover, rally at Old Main, and a pride march. Special guest Angelica Ross, a transgender actress […]
Off-Campus Life
You hear a lot about what life is like on the University Park campus, but I’m sure you might be wondering about what it’s like off campus too. “Penn State is in the middle of nowhere” is a phrase that I used to hear all of the time coming from a town right by New York […]
Don’t Be Stressed About Finding a Roommate
So now that you’ve been accepted, hopefully attended one of our accepted student programs, and went home to click the big red button to accept your offer; it’s time to start thinking about housing. If you’re unaware, you are required to live on campus as a freshman. Whether you request to live in East, Pollock, […]