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.

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Steps to apply

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THON 101: Info for Prospective Students
Every year, more than 15,000 strangers become a family. For one weekend, no matter the weather, these more than 15,000 students fill the Bryce Jordan Center to celebrate the year-long efforts of THON to fight childhood cancer and make a statement: we won’t stop until cancer does. The Penn State Dance Marathon, better known as […]
Studying Abroad… Adventure is Out There!
Although you are still in the beginning of the college decision process and it might seem ridiculously far away, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you might want to spend your time here at Penn State. One of the coolest opportunities you have in college? Studying abroad. Here at Penn State, there […]
Falling in Love With Commonwealth Campuses
Some students dream of going away for college, and others find their home right around the corner. For some, their first campus was their first love and they couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Penn State allows you to spend two years at two different campuses or even stay all four years at one campus and students […]