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Spend a Summer Day 2019 - July 26, 2019

Spend a Summer Day is the perfect way to explore Penn State University Park! This campus open house event for prospective first-year students provides the opportunity to learn about admissions, student financial aid, academics, student activities, and housing and residence life at Penn State. By talking with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, you will develop a better understanding of what Penn State has to offer.
 
Spend a Summer Day visitors can explore the University Park campus by attending numerous academic sessions, for which you can register below. In addition to the academic sessions, visitors can also attend:
 
  • A Student Engagement Fair featuring student clubs, activities, and student support offices.
  • A Resource Fair in the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) with representatives from Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Student Aid, Housing & Food Services, and more.
  • Campus tours, which will depart continuously from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from the HUB.
 
In order to learn about Penn State’s majors and what sessions you might want to schedule for your Spend a Summer Day experience, please review the majors that are available in each academic college by visiting the academics section of the admissions website. This research will help you learn the best sessions to attend during Spend a Summer Day based on your areas of interest. Additionally, clicking each session title in the schedule below will provide you a detailed description of that session.
 
You can only select one session per time slot; but, many sessions are offered at more than one time to allow for full exploration. We suggest reviewing all of the sessions available at Spend a Summer Day before selecting your schedule.
 
If you are interested in registering for a Spend a Summer Day event at one of Penn State’s other campuses, please visit sasd.psu.edu
 
Reservations for Spend a Summer Day at University Park are required, and the events tend to fill quickly. Please make your plans and act soon!
Please Note: Reservations are required for scheduled events at Penn State. You can login to your MyPennState profile to register for this event. Don't have a MyPennState profile? Create one here to access all of our online services.

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM:
Arrival/Parking and Check-in (Check-In)

You will be instructed to park in the Jordan East Parking Lot, which is located next to the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC on the map) and across the street from Beaver Stadium (BVR on the map). Please do not park in spaces that are marked as "pay station spots.” Upon your arrival, please join us at Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center to check in for Spend a Summer Day.

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM:
Student Engagement Information Fair (Information Fair)

Learn more about student clubs, activities, and student support services from representatives across Penn State.

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM:
Welcome to Spend A Summer Day! (Welcome Presentation)
Learn about the schedule for the day, and how to get the most out of your visit to University Park!
 
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM:
Bus Tour of Campus (Limited Space, Pre-Registration Required) (Tour)(FULL)

If you have never been to campus, kick off your visit with a bus tour of campus! Space is limited for bus tours, although walking tours will be available throughout the day.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM:
Admissions Information Session & Student Panel (Admissions Presentation)

This session is not required, and will be one of two admissions information sessions offered throughout the day. Please feel free to stay for this session if you would like to kick off the day with admissions information, or leave if you would like to attend on of the sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m. After the session concludes, students from various majors will tell you about their Penn State experience and answer your questions about academics, student life, and all things Penn State. You are welcome to leave at any point to get to your next session on time! 

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM:
Travel to Central Campus & College Sessions (Travel)

Walk or take bus transportation to sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Transportation will leave from the front of the Bryce Jordan Center.

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM:
Exploring Business at Penn State (Info Session)

Do you see yourself pursuing a career in business? Did you know that Penn State has several colleges with academic majors that can lead you to a career in business? Led by staff at the University with knowledge of the breadth of business options, this session will show you the array of academic programs available to you at Penn State if you are considering a career in a business-related field.

Exploring Information Technology at Penn State (Info Session)

Are you intrigued by technology and the interaction of humans with machines? Do you like being on the cutting edge of programming and electronic gear? This helpful session will introduce you to the colleges and academic programs at Penn State that will prepare you for a career in the technology field.

Exploring Penn State’s Majors: A Guide for the Undecided (Info Session)

Are you early in your college search? Not sure what you REALLY want to study? Don’t worry – you are not alone! Come to this session to learn about how you can make the most out of your Spend a Summer Day visit by narrowing down our vast number of majors to a few areas that really interest you. Today is all about exploration, and this session will make sure that you make the most of your options today, and in the future!

Exploring the Life Sciences at Penn State (Info Session)(FULL)

Does a career in biological or health sciences pique your interest? Do you see yourself working in the medical or health sciences fields but don't know the best way to reach your goals? This interactive and informative session will introduce you to academic colleges and majors that can prepare you for a career in these fields and will introduce you to the variety of disciplines available at Penn State beyond what you know of the life sciences currently.

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM:
Student Panel (Student Panel)

At the conclusion of the admissions presentation, you are welcome to stay for a student panel to hear from current students about their experiences. This session is not required, and visitors do not have to stay for the entire duration of the panel. During this session, students from various majors will tell you about their Penn State experience and answer your questions about academics, student life, and all things Penn State.

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM:
Late Arrival and Check-in (Check-In)

Visitors who arrive after 10:30 a.m. can check in on the first floor of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB), just inside the Pollock Road entrance of the building.

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM:
Penn State Resource Fair (Information Fair)

A Resource Fair in the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) with representatives from Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Student Aid, Housing and Food Services and more.

Sample Residence Hall Room - Pollock (Open House)

Between 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., walk through Shulze Hall in Pollock Residence Halls to see a residence hall room and get a feel for the first-year experience!

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM:
Bellisario College of Communications (Info Session)

Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications is the largest accredited communications program in the country. Undergraduate students may major in Advertising & Public Relations, Film-Video, Journalism, Media Studies, or Telecommunications. Faculty members bring an important blend of academic and professional experience to the classroom, and class sizes in all major-specific, upper-level classes are limited to no more than 20 students. That meaningful instructional approach gains additional power because of the numerous co-curricular media opportunities available to all students, and because of the emphasis the Bellisario College of Communications places on internships. The end result for students who study at Penn State is an intensive, hands-on educational experience that helps prepare students for real-world opportunities.

College of Arts & Architecture Majors (Info Session)
Please join us for an overview of the majors in the College of Arts and Architecture. The college offers 20 undergraduate programs in the design, visual and performing arts, including art education and music education.
 
Our design degrees range from architecture and graphic design to landscape architecture, digital arts and technical theatre. Design affects virtually every part of our lives. Pursue your passion at Penn State in our state-of-the-art facilities.
 
If you’re interested in the performing arts, you have the opportunity to learn from faculty whose professional experience spans the world’s top theatre and music venues. Music majors enjoy rehearsing and performing in our brand-new recital hall, which opened in fall 2018. Our offerings in theatre include BA and BFA degrees that prepare students to enter the competitive theatre industry. 
 
Students with a passion for the visual arts will also find a home in the College of Arts and Architecture, whether your goal is to pursue a career as a visual artist, as an art teacher or as an art historian. Students pursuing visual arts degrees have the opportunity to concentrate in areas ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture to photography.
 
Students in the College of Arts and Architecture benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention while having access to all the resources of a major research university. The bustling “Arts District,” where most classes, activities and performances take place, serves as your “home base” at Penn State. Learn more at our morning information session, including how to concurrent major (or add a minor), and then join us for the afternoon expo where you can ask questions about specific majors, see student work and tour studio spaces. WE ARE looking forward to welcoming you to the College of Arts and Architecture!
College of Engineering (Info Session)

The College of Engineering helps students prepare to create new products and processes and contribute to our global society in fields that span the environment, health care, energy, transportation, infrastructure, medicine, space systems, manufacturing, agriculture, computers, and communications technology. The college offers a world-class education in each of its programs along with opportunities for internships and cooperative education, participation in national and international contests, undergraduate research, and study or work abroad. The college aims to create an inclusive and equitable student experience so that graduates leave Penn State well on their way to inspiring change and impacting tomorrow.

College of Nursing (Info Session)(FULL)
Spend an interactive summer day session with the College of Nursing!  Nursing is an in-demand field with upward mobility and countless career paths.  At Penn State's College of Nursing, students enjoy the individualized attention and intimate learning environment of a small college while accessing the resources and opportunities of a large university. If you are interested in an exciting, hands-on medical and helping field, then nursing could be the career for you! 
 
Please join us for an information session on the ground floor of the Nursing Sciences Building at 11:00 a.m.  Learn about the College of Nursing while touring our state-of-the-art simulation lab.
College of the Liberal Arts (Info Session)

Please join us in 121 Sparks Building for an information session about Penn State and the College of the Liberal Arts. Our college is committed to providing students a first-class education. We call it the Liberal Arts Edge. Our students enjoy the advantages of being at a major university, with its tremendous diversity of classes, majors in dozens of fields, cultural activities, sporting events, and recreational opportunities. But they also have the advantages of a fine liberal arts college: opportunities to work with outstanding faculty and many small classes and first year seminars taught by a number of our most distinguished faculty. The Edge includes exciting outside–the–classroom opportunities as wide as your imagination. Students can spend a summer or a year studying in another country, work as an intern, or get involved with faculty research projects. The third aspect of the Edge is our alumni network, part of the largest alumni network in the world. By connecting with our alumni mentors, students can prepare for their first job or graduate school. We have resources in our Career Enrichment Network to support all of these activities. At this session, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, as well as our Associate Dean, academic advisers, faculty, and current students. In addition, there will be representatives from the Paterno Fellows Program, an honors program specifically for Liberal Arts students. We look forward to seeing you there!

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM:
Bellisario College of Communications (Info Session)

Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications is the largest accredited communications program in the country. Undergraduate students may major in Advertising & Public Relations, Film-Video, Journalism, Media Studies, or Telecommunications. Faculty members bring an important blend of academic and professional experience to the classroom, and class sizes in all major-specific, upper-level classes are limited to no more than 20 students. That meaningful instructional approach gains additional power because of the numerous co-curricular media opportunities available to all students, and because of the emphasis the Bellisario College of Communications places on internships. The end result for students who study at Penn State is an intensive, hands-on educational experience that helps prepare students for real-world opportunities.

College of Agricultural Sciences (Info Session)

row your future with the College of Agricultural Sciences. With 17 diverse and engaging majors you can carve out a successful career path while quite literally making the world a better place. Our students benefit from hands-on learning opportunities with world class faculty, international experiences from their first year on, and a strong sense of community. With focused career service support, undergraduate research grants and more than $2.5 million in student scholarships, we prepare our students for their life at – and after – Penn State.

College of Arts & Architecture Majors (Info Session)
Please join us for an overview of the majors in the College of Arts and Architecture. The college offers 20 undergraduate programs in the design, visual and performing arts, including art education and music education.
 
Our design degrees range from architecture and graphic design to landscape architecture, digital arts and technical theatre. Design affects virtually every part of our lives. Pursue your passion at Penn State in our state-of-the-art facilities.
 
If you’re interested in the performing arts, you have the opportunity to learn from faculty whose professional experience spans the world’s top theatre and music venues. Music majors enjoy rehearsing and performing in our brand-new recital hall, which opened in fall 2018. Our offerings in theatre include BA and BFA degrees that prepare students to enter the competitive theatre industry. 
 
Students with a passion for the visual arts will also find a home in the College of Arts and Architecture, whether your goal is to pursue a career as a visual artist, as an art teacher or as an art historian. Students pursuing visual arts degrees have the opportunity to concentrate in areas ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture to photography.
 
Students in the College of Arts and Architecture benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention while having access to all the resources of a major research university. The bustling “Arts District,” where most classes, activities and performances take place, serves as your “home base” at Penn State. Learn more at our morning information session, including how to concurrent major (or add a minor), and then join us for the afternoon expo where you can ask questions about specific majors, see student work and tour studio spaces. WE ARE looking forward to welcoming you to the College of Arts and Architecture!
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences (Info Session)

Students in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) will become world leaders who will create, integrate, and transform our fundamental understanding of earth, atmosphere, materials, energy processes, and human-environment interactions. We use this knowledge to help provide efficient use of natural resources and to help promote a secure and sustainable planet. We train our students to possess the depth and breadth of understanding that is required to meet the needs of academia, industry, government, and society at large. Our students have traveled the world to study and learn through various EMS programs such as the Center for Advanced Undergraduate Studies and Experience (CAUSE) course.

College of Education (Info Session)

The College of Education prepares outstanding educators, scholars, and researchers to advance the profession of education through research, teaching, and learning. The college has options that help graduates prepare to be teachers, educational administrators, counselors and therapists, educational and school psychologists, policy analysts and researchers, and rehabilitation professionals. If you’re interested in Art or Music Education, visit the College of Arts and Architecture. If you’re interested in Physical Education, please visit the College of Health and Human Development. If you’re interested in Agricultural Education, please visit the College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Engineering (Info Session)

The College of Engineering helps students prepare to create new products and processes and contribute to our global society in fields that span the environment, health care, energy, transportation, infrastructure, medicine, space systems, manufacturing, agriculture, computers, and communications technology. The college offers a world-class education in each of its programs along with opportunities for internships and cooperative education, participation in national and international contests, undergraduate research, and study or work abroad. The college aims to create an inclusive and equitable student experience so that graduates leave Penn State well on their way to inspiring change and impacting tomorrow.

College of Health & Human Development (Info Session)

Improving human well-being across the life span through innovative research, teaching, and outreach activities is the defining mission of the College of Health and Human Development. As the first College in the country committed to an integrated approach to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and our communities we have attracted a world class faculty providing top-ranked educational programs and producing ground breaking research around the globe. Our mission and dedicated faculty enable the College to attract highly motivated and passionate students with strong academic and personal skills that produce the world’s next leaders ready to change and improve the way we live today and into the future. “Being inspired is what you are when you arrive, being an inspiration is who you are when you leave.”

College of Information Sciences & Technology (Info Session)(FULL)

How can we keep information and people safe from cyber threats? How can we leverage technology to improve healthcare, government, and education? How can we use “big data” to make more informed and strategic decisions? In the College of IST, we use technology and leverage information to answer these tough questions. Our four Bachelor of Science degree programs in Information Sciences and Technology (Design and Development; Integration and Application; and People, Organizations, and Society options), Security and Risk Analysis, and Applied Data Sciences will teach you about leadership, communication, teamwork, and problem solving in the digital age. IST students are required to complete at least one internship before they graduate, and our alumni have strong post-graduate career outcomes, with new hires among the top earners from Penn State.

College of Nursing (Info Session and Facilities Tour)(FULL)

Spend an interactive summer day session with the College of Nursing!  Nursing is an in-demand field with upward mobility and countless career paths.  At Penn State's College of Nursing, students enjoy the individualized attention and intimate learning environment of a small college while accessing the resources and opportunities of a large university. If you are interested in an exciting, hands-on medical and helping field, then nursing could be the career for you!

Please join us for an information session on the ground floor of the Nursing Sciences Building at 12:00.  Learn about the College of Nursing while touring our state-of-the-art simulation lab.

College of the Liberal Arts (Info Session)

Please join us in 121 Sparks Building for an information session about Penn State and the College of the Liberal Arts. Our college is committed to providing students a first-class education. We call it the Liberal Arts Edge. Our students enjoy the advantages of being at a major university, with its tremendous diversity of classes, majors in dozens of fields, cultural activities, sporting events, and recreational opportunities. But they also have the advantages of a fine liberal arts college: opportunities to work with outstanding faculty and many small classes and first year seminars taught by a number of our most distinguished faculty. The Edge includes exciting outside–the–classroom opportunities as wide as your imagination. Students can spend a summer or a year studying in another country, work as an intern, or get involved with faculty research projects. The third aspect of the Edge is our alumni network, part of the largest alumni network in the world. By connecting with our alumni mentors, students can prepare for their first job or graduate school. We have resources in our Career Enrichment Network to support all of these activities. At this session, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, as well as our Associate Dean, academic advisers, faculty, and current students. In addition, there will be representatives from the Paterno Fellows Program, an honors program specifically for Liberal Arts students. We look forward to seeing you there!

Eberly College of Science (Info Session)

The Eberly College of Science is a close-knit and vibrant community of students enthusiastic about the life, physical, mathematical, and interdisciplinary sciences and making a difference in the world.  Explore our 16 majors. Listen to students discuss their experiences with undergraduate research, internships, and education abroad. Learn how our faculty and staff will prepare you for a career or additional education following graduation.

Multicultural Outreach (Info Session)

Penn State is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive student body.  Join us to learn more about our office and opportunities for diverse students at Penn State.  We will highlight resources like the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Academic Diversity Offices, and introduce you to the vibrant multicultural community at Penn State! This session is facilitated by staff from the Office of Multicultural Outreach within Penn State Undergraduate Admissions.

Smeal College of Business (Info Session)
Penn State's Smeal College of Business is among the ten largest business schools in the United States. Our curriculum and career services are consistently highly ranked by recruiters and translate into internship and career opportunities at the world's top companies. Our majors are consistently ranked in the top twenty for academic excellence, and Smeal faculty boast extensive connections to the business world and beyond. Most importantly, we are a community committed to our Honor Code and dedicated to lead with integrity in everything we do. Smeal offers an individualized, student-focused experience while still having the amenities of a large university.
 
Smeal is located in the Business Building, ranked by Princeton Review as one of the best business school facilities in the country. Come for a self-guided tour and the opportunity to explore our outstanding spaces. Guests can participate in each of the following options during any Smeal College of Business session during Spend A Summer Day. Feel free to mix and match to customize your experience: 
 
  1. Get your questions answered at our information tables with representatives from all of our academic majors, Business Career Center, Smeal’s Office of International Programs, Diversity Enhancement Programs, and the Undergraduate Education office. 
  2. Watch our Majors Video to learn about all the programs offered for study at Smeal. 
  3. Attend The REAL Deal at Smeal Q&A panel session with current students and recent alums providing information and advice from the student perspective on all things Smeal. 
  4. Is applying to the Smeal College of Business a consideration in your college planning? Then attend Smeal 101 “nuts and bolts” discussion of what to expect and how to make the most of your Smeal experience. 
  5. Interested in finance? Attend our Rogers Family Trading Room Open House to learn about the history of the room, the student-driven Nittany Lion Fund, and the various ways the trading room is used in teaching. 
 
We look forward to Spending a Summer Day with you!
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM:
Smeal College of Business - College Expo (Information Expo and Open House)

Visit the Smeal College of Business to get your questions answered at our information tables with representatives from all of our academic majors, Business Career Center, Smeal’s Office of International Programs, Diversity Enhancement Programs, and the Undergraduate Education office. 

Walking Tours of Campus (Continuously Departing) (Tour)

Between 12:00 - 3:30 p.m., enjoy a 45-minute walking tour of central campus. Tours leave continuously from the HUB until 3:30 p.m. and end near Pollock Halls.

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM:
College of Agricultural Sciences (Info Session)

Grow your future with the College of Agricultural Sciences. With 17 diverse and engaging majors you can carve out a successful career path while quite literally making the world a better place. Our students benefit from hands-on learning opportunities with world class faculty, international experiences from their first year on, and a strong sense of community. With focused career service support, undergraduate research grants and more than $2.5 million in student scholarships, we prepare our students for their life at – and after – Penn State.

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Facilities Tour (Facilities Tour)

Receive a guided tour of your chosen area of interest. You can choose a tour from the following departments: Energy and Mineral Engineering, Geography, Geosciences, Meteorology, and Materials Science and Engineering. You will see departmental facilities and learn more about your specific major of interest within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

College of Education (Info Session)

The College of Education prepares outstanding educators, scholars, and researchers to advance the profession of education through research, teaching, and learning. The college has options that help graduates prepare to be teachers, educational administrators, counselors and therapists, educational and school psychologists, policy analysts and researchers, and rehabilitation professionals. If you’re interested in Art or Music Education, visit the College of Arts and Architecture. If you’re interested in Physical Education, please visit the College of Health and Human Development. If you’re interested in Agricultural Education, please visit the College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Health & Human Development (Info Session)

Improving human well-being across the life span through innovative research, teaching, and outreach activities is the defining mission of the College of Health and Human Development. As the first College in the country committed to an integrated approach to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and our communities we have attracted a world class faculty providing top-ranked educational programs and producing ground breaking research around the globe. Our mission and dedicated faculty enable the College to attract highly motivated and passionate students with strong academic and personal skills that produce the world’s next leaders ready to change and improve the way we live today and into the future. “Being inspired is what you are when you arrive, being an inspiration is who you are when you leave.”

College of Information Sciences & Technology (Info Session)

How can we keep information and people safe from cyber threats? How can we leverage technology to improve healthcare, government, and education? How can we use “big data” to make more informed and strategic decisions? In the College of IST, we use technology and leverage information to answer these tough questions. Our four Bachelor of Science degree programs in Information Sciences and Technology (Design and Development; Integration and Application; and People, Organizations, and Society options), Security and Risk Analysis, and Applied Data Sciences will teach you about leadership, communication, teamwork, and problem solving in the digital age. IST students are required to complete at least one internship before they graduate, and our alumni have strong post-graduate career outcomes, with new hires among the top earners from Penn State.

College of the Liberal Arts (Info Session)

Please join us in 121 Sparks Building for an information session about Penn State and the College of the Liberal Arts. Our college is committed to providing students a first-class education. We call it the Liberal Arts Edge. Our students enjoy the advantages of being at a major university, with its tremendous diversity of classes, majors in dozens of fields, cultural activities, sporting events, and recreational opportunities. But they also have the advantages of a fine liberal arts college: opportunities to work with outstanding faculty and many small classes and first year seminars taught by a number of our most distinguished faculty. The Edge includes exciting outside–the–classroom opportunities as wide as your imagination. Students can spend a summer or a year studying in another country, work as an intern, or get involved with faculty research projects. The third aspect of the Edge is our alumni network, part of the largest alumni network in the world. By connecting with our alumni mentors, students can prepare for their first job or graduate school. We have resources in our Career Enrichment Network to support all of these activities. At this session, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network, as well as our Associate Dean, academic advisers, faculty, and current students. In addition, there will be representatives from the Paterno Fellows Program, an honors program specifically for Liberal Arts students. We look forward to seeing you there!

Division of Undergraduate Studies (Info Session)

The Division of Undergraduate Studies is Penn State's enrollment unit for students who want to explore a variety of educational opportunities at the University before deciding on a field of study. Academic advisers in DUS help students explore their interests and strengths, learn about and experience academic and co-curricular opportunities, and make informed decisions about majors, minors, and other aspects of their education. Students who choose to explore their academic options upon entering the University are making a valuable decision about how they wish to approach the choice-of-major process and learn how to plan and manage their educational journey.

Eberly College of Science (Info Session)

The Eberly College of Science is a close-knit and vibrant community of students enthusiastic about the life, physical, mathematical, and interdisciplinary sciences and making a difference in the world.  Explore our 16 majors. Listen to students discuss their experiences with undergraduate research, internships, and education abroad. Learn how our faculty and staff will prepare you for a career or additional education following graduation.

Penn State's 2+2 Program (Info Session)
Penn State is one university, geographically dispersed. Our 20 campuses throughout the state of Pennsylvania give you the freedom to live and learn in an environment that suits you best. Some students choose to remain at one campus for all four years, while some students spend two years at one campus, and transition to another campus for their remaining two years. We call it the 2+2 plan, and it's the most common path to a Penn State degree - more than 50% of our students begin their Penn State experience at a commonwealth campus.
 
Attend this session to hear from various Penn State campus representatives, ask questions about 2+2, and understand the differences between each of our Penn State locations. 
ROTC Leadership & Financial Opportunities (Info Session)

If you’ve ever had a desire to serve in the United States Military, but understand the importance of earning a college education, this session is for you!  Faculty members from the Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force ROTC programs at Penn State will describe the many available opportunities during and after college.  They will also discuss exceptional strategies to compete for a FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP and address the common myths that discourage highly qualified candidates. Come with any questions to get some great information!

Schreyer Honors College (Info Session)

Recently ranked as one of the 7 best honors colleges in the country, The Schreyer Honors College provides the best of a highly selective small liberal arts college experience within a major research university. Come to this session to learn about the academic, scholarship, and research opportunities available within the Schreyer Honors College and have your questions answered about how the college can enrich your experience at Penn State.

Smeal College of Business (Info Session)
Penn State's Smeal College of Business is among the ten largest business schools in the United States. Our curriculum and career services are consistently highly ranked by recruiters and translate into internship and career opportunities at the world's top companies. Our majors are consistently ranked in the top twenty for academic excellence, and Smeal faculty boast extensive connections to the business world and beyond. Most importantly, we are a community committed to our Honor Code and dedicated to lead with integrity in everything we do. Smeal offers an individualized, student-focused experience while still having the amenities of a large university.
 
Smeal is located in the Business Building, ranked by Princeton Review as one of the best business school facilities in the country. Come for a self-guided tour and the opportunity to explore our outstanding spaces. Guests can participate in each of the following options during any Smeal College of Business session during Spend A Summer Day. Feel free to mix and match to customize your experience: 
 
  1. Get your questions answered at our information tables with representatives from all of our academic majors, Business Career Center, Smeal’s Office of International Programs, Diversity Enhancement Programs, and the Undergraduate Education office. 
  2. Watch our Majors Video to learn about all the programs offered for study at Smeal. 
  3. Attend The REAL Deal at Smeal Q&A panel session with current students and recent alums providing information and advice from the student perspective on all things Smeal. 
  4. Is applying to the Smeal College of Business a consideration in your college planning? Then attend Smeal 101 “nuts and bolts” discussion of what to expect and how to make the most of your Smeal experience. 
  5. Interested in finance? Attend our Rogers Family Trading Room Open House to learn about the history of the room, the student-driven Nittany Lion Fund, and the various ways the trading room is used in teaching. 
 
We look forward to Spending a Summer Day with you!
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM:
Paul Robeson Cultural Center Open House (Open House)
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM:
College of Arts & Architecture Expo (Facilities Tour)

During your afternoon at Spend a Summer Day, stop by the Jury Space at the Stuckeman Family Building to learn about our majors in the design, visual and performing arts. See displays of student work and talk to faculty, staff and current students. Go on a tour of the architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, visual arts, lighting design or sound design facilities. Or take the trolley to our Theatre Arts Production Studio (TAPS) to learn more about all the design that happens behind the scenes (costume, scenic or automation). 

Penn State Blue Band Open House (Open House)

Between 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., take a look inside the Penn State Blue Band, recognized as one of the nation's finest college marching bands. The Blue Band Building is on the north end of campus along Services Road.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM:
Intramural Building Open House (Open House)

Between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., walk through Johnston Commons in East Residence Halls to see a sample residence hall room and get a feel for the first-year experience!

Sample Residence Hall Room - East (Open House)

Between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., walk through Johnston Commons in East Residence Halls to see a sample residence hall room and get a feel for the first-year experience!

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM:
Break (Break)

Don't forget to take a lunch break!

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM:
College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering (Department Info Session)

Aerospace Engineering (www.aero.psu.edu)

Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technology and integrate it into high-performance aircraft and spacecraft. They design, analyze, and test flight vehicles and their components, including rocket and turbine engines. With knowledge of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, controls, and information technology, graduates also have the broad understanding needed to serve as architects of sophisticated vehicle systems. Graduates typically work for a wide range of manufacturing, service, and software companies, government agencies, and research laboratories.

College of Engineering - Architectural Engineering (Department Info Session)(FULL)

Architectural Engineering (AE) is an interdisciplinary field focused on the application of theory and practice in the engineering design of building systems. AE unites scientific principles from structural, mechanical, electrical, lighting, acoustical, and construction engineering. Graduates of this major apply their discipline-specific expertise into interdisciplinary team environments to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings while improving indoor environments for the occupants. This interdisciplinary approach is necessary to respond to urgent societal and environmental challenges emerging from urbanization across the globe. Architectural engineers add value to society by engineering integrated building solutions that complement and enhance architectural design—they develop high-performance buildings that are sustainable, resilient, and economical, while ensuring the safety, health, comfort, and productivity of building occupants. The 160-credit 5-year undergraduate program involves extensive hands-on and on-site experiences, as well as formal training in creative design through architectural design studios and engineered design projects. Almost all second, third, and fourth year students secure summer internships. During the academic year, students may choose to participate in funded opportunities for undergraduate research and professional experiences within the AE department. Some students choose to pursue the 172-credit integrated BAE/MAE degree to increase their knowledge and skills in their sub-discipline. Many are able to complete this integrated MAE degree within the 5-year BAE program. Over the past three decades, virtually all graduates of this major have secured engineering positions before graduation.

College of Engineering - Biological Engineering (Department Info Session)

Biological engineers find the sustainable solutions needed to supply a growing world population with food, fiber, water, and energy under increasing environmental constraints.    For instance, biological engineers develop advanced machinery systems utilizing robotics and precision techniques for agricultural crop production; design processing lines to produce safe, high-quality foods; develop biologically-based green products; and design environmentally sound solutions to protect water quality. Biological engineering students specialize by choosing one of these options: Agricultural Engineering, Food and Biological Process Engineering, or Natural Resource Engineering.

College of Engineering - Biomedical Engineering (Department Info Session)

Biomedical Engineering (www.bme.psu.edu)

Biomedical engineers design and develop solutions for biological and medical problems. Biomedical Engineering (previously named Bioengineering) is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes integration of engineering principles with the life sciences. Biomedical Engineers develop new medical devices, design diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and model physiological systems. Students choose one of four options to determine advanced coursework: Biochemical, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, or Medical Imaging and Devices. Graduates have a wide variety of career options either working in the health care or pharmaceutical industries, or pursuing further studies in medicine or the engineering sciences.

College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering (Department Info Session)

Chemical Engineering (www.che.psu.edu)

Chemical engineers are involved in a wide range of high-technology industries that produce new pharmaceuticals and high-value chemicals, manufacture microelectronic devices, develop high-performance plastics and alternative fuels, purify therapeutic proteins, and design artificial organs. Chemical Engineering is unique in its focus on the processes involved in making new products or treating the environment, drawing extensively on a strong foundation in the chemical, physical, and biological sciences.  Students can choose to pursue one of four options: General Option, Energy and Fuels, Polymer Engineering, or Biomolecular and Bioprocess Engineering.

College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering (Department Info Session)

Civil & Environmental Engineering (www.cee.psu.edu)

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the roads, buildings, airports, bridges, dams, and other physical infrastructure that make modern life possible.  This is done by highly trained professionals who work in the areas of environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, materials, structural, and transportation engineering.  The challenge for the modern civil engineer is to design and build infrastructure that is both sustainable and resilient. Graduates go on to careers in government, engineering consulting, or they can pursue advanced degrees in civil engineering or other professional fields.  For more about what civil engineers do, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJaRjI7K-Lw.

College of Engineering - Engineering Science & Mechanics (Department Info Session)

Engineering Science and Mechanics (www.esm.psu.edu)

This interdisciplinary honors program helps graduates prepare to work in a diverse range of fields, including mechanics, materials, energy conservation, power, electronics, computing, sensors, biomaterials and medicine, robotics, and nanotechnology. Many students continue their studies in graduate programs (engineering, science, medicine, business, law) and ultimately work in research and development of new materials, devices, sensors, and machines; design of innovative systems and processes; academia; and a wide range of professions.

College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (Department Info Session)

Mechanical Engineering (www.mne.psu.edu)

The role of a mechanical engineer is to take an idea to the marketplace to improve our quality of life. In order to accomplish this, a broad range of skills are needed. She/he needs to understand the needs of a product or invention, its parts, or its subsystems will encounter; how to design them for functionality, aesthetics, and the ability to withstand the environment that the product will be subjected to; and to determine the best way to manufacture the design rapidly and at a low cost.  Perhaps the one skill that is the mechanical engineer’s exclusive domain is the ability to analyze and design objects and systems with and without motion.  Since these skills are required for virtually everything that is made, mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest and most diverse of engineering disciplines. 
 
Mechanical engineers play a central role in transportation; aerospace (airplanes, engines, spacecraft); biotechnology (implants, prosthetic devices, fluidic systems for pharmaceutical industries); computers and electronics (printers, semiconductor tools); microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS (sensors, actuators); energy conversion (gas turbines, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells); environmental control (air-conditioning, refrigeration, compressors); automation (robots, data and image acquisition, recognition, control); and manufacturing (3D printing, microfabrication).
 
The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline allows students a variety of career options beyond some of the industries listed. Regardless of the particular path they envision for themselves after they graduate, their education will have provided them with the creative thinking that allows them to design an exciting product or system, the analytical tools to achieve their design goals, the ability to overcome all constraints, and the teamwork needed to design, market, and produce a system. These valuable skills could also launch a career in medicine, law, consulting, management, banking, finance, and many others.
College of Engineering – Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, & Data Sciences (Department Info Session)
Electrical Engineering (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Electrical engineers design electrical and electronic systems and their components. Graduates pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including communications, electronics, computers, and power generation. Some electrical engineers design systems and circuits for instrumentation control panels and consumer electronics, while others develop signal processing software and hardware for the latest in audio and video applications. They also design software for artificial intelligence, computer vision, and medical imaging, and design systems that make space vehicles and exploration possible.
 
Computer Engineering (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Computer engineers design and build hardware systems, from the latest and most powerful computer processors that power desktop computers to embedded devices than run smart phones to tiny digital devices that power and control smart glasses and implanted bio-devices.  To prepare students for these challenges the computer engineering curriculum covers fundamental programming techniques and skills, the theory and practice of designing, analyzing, and testing digital devices ranging from individual logic components to very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits to complex computer hardware systems, and advanced topics in hardware design and development.  This curriculum prepares our graduates to be leaders in the rapidly changing field of computing throughout their careers.
 
Computer Science (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Computer Scientists design, implement, test, analyze, evaluate and improve software to solve computational problems across an incredibly diverse spectrum of areas including commerce, communication, entertainment, finance, medicine, the social sciences, the physical sciences and the life sciences.  To prepare students for these challenges the computer science curriculum covers fundamental programming techniques and skills, broad knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems and programming languages, mathematical foundations of computing, and advanced topics in software design and application development.  This curriculum prepares our graduates to be leaders in the rapidly changing field of computing throughout their careers.
 
Data Sciences (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Data Scientists analyze large scale unstructured data to address an expanding range of problems across a wide range of disciplines.  The computational option of the Data Sciences major focuses on the design, implementation and analysis of software that manages the volume, heterogeneity and dynamic characteristics of large data sets.  The curriculum for this option combines elements of machine learning, data mining, computer science, statistics, visualization, and the emerging science of managing and analyzing data at scale.  Data scientists might find themselves working in industries ranging from healthcare to consumer products to manufacturing to aviation - any place where data needs to collected and analyzed.  
 
College of Engineering – Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (Department Info Session)

Industrial Engineering (www.ie.psu.edu)

Industrial engineers design, plan, and control many types of systems in manufacturing and service sectors. These systems involve the productive and efficient integration of people, machines, materials, energy, and information. Graduates work in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, health care, transportation, and theme parks. They design manufacturing and service processes, develop automation for high productivity, ensure product quality, design jobs that conform to the capabilities and limitations of the human operator and ensure the workers’ health and safety, and analyze the design supply chain systems.  

College of Engineering – Nuclear Engineering (Student Panel)

Nuclear engineers apply principles of nuclear science to meet energy needs and benefit humankind. Graduates work in a broad spectrum of industries, including electrical utilities, the Navy, fuel vendors, nuclear regulators, government, medical, and aerospace industry. Nuclear engineers design, service, and maintain nuclear power plants. They work in nuclear security and in developing detectors for special nuclear materials. They develop radiation detection and measurement methods and devise facilities to store, monitor, and dispose of radioactive waste. Nuclear engineers also design medical imaging equipment and power systems for deep-space probes.

College of Information Sciences & Technology (Info Session)

How can we keep information and people safe from cyber threats? How can we leverage technology to improve healthcare, government, and education? How can we use “big data” to make more informed and strategic decisions? In the College of IST, we use technology and leverage information to answer these tough questions. Our four Bachelor of Science degree programs in Information Sciences and Technology (Design and Development; Integration and Application; and People, Organizations, and Society options), Security and Risk Analysis, and Applied Data Sciences will teach you about leadership, communication, teamwork, and problem solving in the digital age. IST students are required to complete at least one internship before they graduate, and our alumni have strong post-graduate career outcomes, with new hires among the top earners from Penn State.

Eberly College of Science - Astronomy & Astrophysics (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Biology (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Chemistry (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Forensic Science (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Office of Science Engagement, & Future Student Information (Department Session)

Meet faculty and advisers in an informal one-on-one setting to learn more about the Math, Physics and Statistics departments. Learn about research, internships and study abroad opportunities from the Office of Science Engagement.

Eberly College of Science - Premedicine, Accelerated Premed-Medical, Science BS, Science BS/MBA (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from our Academic Advising Center for more specific details about the majors and programs they can offer you.

Millennium Scholars Program (Info Session)
The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program supports a diverse group of undergraduate students striving to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Millennium Scholars are high-achieving STEM students who want to be leaders and increase diversity in their fields. Millennium Scholars receive financial, academic, and advising support, and are expected to work hard and study in a collaborative environment, conduct research, and maintain an excellent academic record, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a doctoral degree in a STEM field.
 
This session will include a brief presentation with time to ask questions of Millennium Scholars staff and current Millennium Scholars. The Millennium Scholars Program is open to students who apply to one of five academic colleges: Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, IST, and the Eberly College of Science.
Schreyer Honors College (Info Session)

Recently ranked as one of the 7 best honors colleges in the country, The Schreyer Honors College provides the best of a highly selective small liberal arts college experience within a major research university. Come to this session to learn about the academic, scholarship, and research opportunities available within the Schreyer Honors College and have your questions answered about how the college can enrich your experience at Penn State.

Smeal College of Business (Info Session)
Penn State's Smeal College of Business is among the ten largest business schools in the United States. Our curriculum and career services are consistently highly ranked by recruiters and translate into internship and career opportunities at the world's top companies. Our majors are consistently ranked in the top twenty for academic excellence, and Smeal faculty boast extensive connections to the business world and beyond. Most importantly, we are a community committed to our Honor Code and dedicated to lead with integrity in everything we do. Smeal offers an individualized, student-focused experience while still having the amenities of a large university.
 
Smeal is located in the Business Building, ranked by Princeton Review as one of the best business school facilities in the country. Come for a self-guided tour and the opportunity to explore our outstanding spaces. Guests can participate in each of the following options during any Smeal College of Business session during Spend A Summer Day. Feel free to mix and match to customize your experience: 
 
  1. Get your questions answered at our information tables with representatives from all of our academic majors, Business Career Center, Smeal’s Office of International Programs, Diversity Enhancement Programs, and the Undergraduate Education office. 
  2. Watch our Majors Video to learn about all the programs offered for study at Smeal. 
  3. Attend The REAL Deal at Smeal Q&A panel session with current students and recent alums providing information and advice from the student perspective on all things Smeal. 
  4. Is applying to the Smeal College of Business a consideration in your college planning? Then attend Smeal 101 “nuts and bolts” discussion of what to expect and how to make the most of your Smeal experience. 
  5. Interested in finance? Attend our Rogers Family Trading Room Open House to learn about the history of the room, the student-driven Nittany Lion Fund, and the various ways the trading room is used in teaching. 
 
We look forward to Spending a Summer Day with you!
2:20 PM - 3:40 PM:
College of Agricultural Sciences - College Expo (Open House)

Our graduates are in high demand! Think outside the barn and come explore our 17 different majors and find an engaging program that will be relevant for years to come! From plants to animals, food to forestry, the environment to the world, come chat with representatives from all of our majors during the information expo!

2:20 PM - 4:00 PM:
Bellisario College of Communications - College Expo and Facilities Tour (Information Expo and Open House)

Please join us at Innovation Park to learn more about our program and get a tour of our broadcast and film facilities. Tours will run every 15 minutes from 2:15-3:30pm with the last tour leaving at 3:30pm. Our new, state-of-the-art, HD studio is arguably one of the best collegiate broadcast facilities in the country and provides students with incredible hands-on experience and opportunities. In addition, faculty and students from all of our academic majors, representatives from our Office of Internships and Career Services, and advisers from the College of Communications will be available to provide more information and answer your questions. We encourage you to drive to Innovation Park, Lubert Building and Building 103 ("LBT" and "103" on your map); there is free parking next to those buildings. We look forward to seeing you there!

College of Health & Human Development - Majors Info Fair (Information Expo and Open House)

Speak with faculty members and college advisers and have your questions answered about majors, careers, global studies, and other opportunities in the College of Health and Human Development.

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM:
Admissions Information Session (Admissions Presentation)
Understand the application process for students interested in Penn State, and learn about all Penn State offers!
 
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences - AccuWeather Tour (Facilities Tour)(FULL)

Penn State’s Meteorology programs is one of the best in the country, and students benefit from having AccuWeather headquartered in State College, PA. If you are planning to study Meteorology, don’t miss this unique tour of their facilities. Tours will begin at 3:30 p.m. at AccuWeather, which is located at 385 Science Park Rd; State College, PA 16803.

Families must drive to AccuWeather on their own from the University Park campus, which is approximately a 10-minute drive. Click here to access the driving directions. Tours will be approximately 60-90 minutes.

College of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering (Department Info Session)

Aerospace Engineering (www.aero.psu.edu)

Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technology and integrate it into high-performance aircraft and spacecraft. They design, analyze, and test flight vehicles and their components, including rocket and turbine engines. With knowledge of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, controls, and information technology, graduates also have the broad understanding needed to serve as architects of sophisticated vehicle systems. Graduates typically work for a wide range of manufacturing, service, and software companies, government agencies, and research laboratories.

College of Engineering - Architectural Engineering (Department Info Session)(FULL)

Architectural Engineering (AE) is an interdisciplinary field focused on the application of theory and practice in the engineering design of building systems. AE unites scientific principles from structural, mechanical, electrical, lighting, acoustical, and construction engineering. Graduates of this major apply their discipline-specific expertise into interdisciplinary team environments to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings while improving indoor environments for the occupants. This interdisciplinary approach is necessary to respond to urgent societal and environmental challenges emerging from urbanization across the globe. Architectural engineers add value to society by engineering integrated building solutions that complement and enhance architectural design—they develop high-performance buildings that are sustainable, resilient, and economical, while ensuring the safety, health, comfort, and productivity of building occupants. The 160-credit 5-year undergraduate program involves extensive hands-on and on-site experiences, as well as formal training in creative design through architectural design studios and engineered design projects. Almost all second, third, and fourth year students secure summer internships. During the academic year, students may choose to participate in funded opportunities for undergraduate research and professional experiences within the AE department. Some students choose to pursue the 172-credit integrated BAE/MAE degree to increase their knowledge and skills in their sub-discipline. Many are able to complete this integrated MAE degree within the 5-year BAE program. Over the past three decades, virtually all graduates of this major have secured engineering positions before graduation.

College of Engineering - Biological Engineering (Department Info Session)

Biological engineers find the sustainable solutions needed to supply a growing world population with food, fiber, water, and energy under increasing environmental constraints.    For instance, biological engineers develop advanced machinery systems utilizing robotics and precision techniques for agricultural crop production; design processing lines to produce safe, high-quality foods; develop biologically-based green products; and design environmentally sound solutions to protect water quality. Biological engineering students specialize by choosing one of these options: Agricultural Engineering, Food and Biological Process Engineering, or Natural Resource Engineering.

College of Engineering - Biomedical Engineering (Department Info Session)

Biomedical Engineering (www.bme.psu.edu)

Biomedical engineers design and develop solutions for biological and medical problems. Biomedical Engineering (previously named Bioengineering) is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes integration of engineering principles with the life sciences. Biomedical Engineers develop new medical devices, design diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and model physiological systems. Students choose one of four options to determine advanced coursework: Biochemical, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, or Medical Imaging and Devices. Graduates have a wide variety of career options either working in the health care or pharmaceutical industries, or pursuing further studies in medicine or the engineering sciences.

College of Engineering - Chemical Engineering (Department Info Session)

Chemical Engineering (www.che.psu.edu)

Chemical engineers are involved in a wide range of high-technology industries that produce new pharmaceuticals and high-value chemicals, manufacture microelectronic devices, develop high-performance plastics and alternative fuels, purify therapeutic proteins, and design artificial organs. Chemical Engineering is unique in its focus on the processes involved in making new products or treating the environment, drawing extensively on a strong foundation in the chemical, physical, and biological sciences.  Students can choose to pursue one of four options: General Option, Energy and Fuels, Polymer Engineering, or Biomolecular and Bioprocess Engineering.

College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering (Department Info Session)

Civil & Environmental Engineering (www.cee.psu.edu)

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the roads, buildings, airports, bridges, dams, and other physical infrastructure that make modern life possible.  This is done by highly trained professionals who work in the areas of environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, materials, structural, and transportation engineering.  The challenge for the modern civil engineer is to design and build infrastructure that is both sustainable and resilient. Graduates go on to careers in government, engineering consulting, or they can pursue advanced degrees in civil engineering or other professional fields.  For more about what civil engineers do, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJaRjI7K-Lw.

College of Engineering - Engineering Science & Mechanics (Department Info Session)

Engineering Science and Mechanics (www.esm.psu.edu)

This interdisciplinary honors program helps graduates prepare to work in a diverse range of fields, including mechanics, materials, energy conservation, power, electronics, computing, sensors, biomaterials and medicine, robotics, and nanotechnology. Many students continue their studies in graduate programs (engineering, science, medicine, business, law) and ultimately work in research and development of new materials, devices, sensors, and machines; design of innovative systems and processes; academia; and a wide range of professions.

College of Engineering - Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (Department Info Session)

Industrial Engineering (www.ie.psu.edu)

Industrial engineers design, plan, and control many types of systems in manufacturing and service sectors. These systems involve the productive and efficient integration of people, machines, materials, energy, and information. Students in the Industrial Engineering major specialize in one of three tracks: Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Engineering Services Systems, or Engineering Information Systems. Graduates work in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, health care, transportation, and theme parks. They design manufacturing and service processes, develop automation for high productivity, ensure product quality, design jobs that conform to the capabilities and limitations of the human operator and ensure the workers’ health and safety, and analyze the design supply chain systems.

College of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (Department Info Session)

Mechanical Engineering (www.mne.psu.edu)

The role of a mechanical engineer is to take an idea to the marketplace to improve our quality of life. In order to accomplish this, a broad range of skills are needed. She/he needs to understand the needs of a product or invention, its parts, or its subsystems will encounter; how to design them for functionality, aesthetics, and the ability to withstand the environment that the product will be subjected to; and to determine the best way to manufacture the design rapidly and at a low cost.  Perhaps the one skill that is the mechanical engineer’s exclusive domain is the ability to analyze and design objects and systems with and without motion.  Since these skills are required for virtually everything that is made, mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest and most diverse of engineering disciplines. 
 
Mechanical engineers play a central role in transportation; aerospace (airplanes, engines, spacecraft); biotechnology (implants, prosthetic devices, fluidic systems for pharmaceutical industries); computers and electronics (printers, semiconductor tools); microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS (sensors, actuators); energy conversion (gas turbines, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells); environmental control (air-conditioning, refrigeration, compressors); automation (robots, data and image acquisition, recognition, control); and manufacturing (3D printing, microfabrication).
 
The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline allows students a variety of career options beyond some of the industries listed. Regardless of the particular path they envision for themselves after they graduate, their education will have provided them with the creative thinking that allows them to design an exciting product or system, the analytical tools to achieve their design goals, the ability to overcome all constraints, and the teamwork needed to design, market, and produce a system. These valuable skills could also launch a career in medicine, law, consulting, management, banking, finance, and many others.
College of Engineering – Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, & Data Sciences (Department Info Session)
Electrical Engineering (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Electrical engineers design electrical and electronic systems and their components. Graduates pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including communications, electronics, computers, and power generation. Some electrical engineers design systems and circuits for instrumentation control panels and consumer electronics, while others develop signal processing software and hardware for the latest in audio and video applications. They also design software for artificial intelligence, computer vision, and medical imaging, and design systems that make space vehicles and exploration possible.
 
Computer Engineering (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Computer engineers design and build hardware systems, from the latest and most powerful computer processors that power desktop computers to embedded devices than run smart phones to tiny digital devices that power and control smart glasses and implanted bio-devices.  To prepare students for these challenges the computer engineering curriculum covers fundamental programming techniques and skills, the theory and practice of designing, analyzing, and testing digital devices ranging from individual logic components to very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits to complex computer hardware systems, and advanced topics in hardware design and development.  This curriculum prepares our graduates to be leaders in the rapidly changing field of computing throughout their careers.
 
Computer Science (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Computer Scientists design, implement, test, analyze, evaluate and improve software to solve computational problems across an incredibly diverse spectrum of areas including commerce, communication, entertainment, finance, medicine, the social sciences, the physical sciences and the life sciences.  To prepare students for these challenges the computer science curriculum covers fundamental programming techniques and skills, broad knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems and programming languages, mathematical foundations of computing, and advanced topics in software design and application development.  This curriculum prepares our graduates to be leaders in the rapidly changing field of computing throughout their careers.
 
Data Sciences (www.eecs.psu.edu)
 
Data Scientists analyze large scale unstructured data to address an expanding range of problems across a wide range of disciplines.  The computational option of the Data Sciences major focuses on the design, implementation and analysis of software that manages the volume, heterogeneity and dynamic characteristics of large data sets.  The curriculum for this option combines elements of machine learning, data mining, computer science, statistics, visualization, and the emerging science of managing and analyzing data at scale.  Data scientists might find themselves working in industries ranging from healthcare to consumer products to manufacturing to aviation - any place where data needs to collected and analyzed.  
College of Engineering – Nuclear Engineering (Department Info Session)
Nuclear engineers apply principles of nuclear science to meet energy needs and benefit humankind. Graduates work in a broad spectrum of industries, including electrical utilities, the Navy, fuel vendors, nuclear regulators, government, medical, and aerospace industry. Nuclear engineers design, service, and maintain nuclear power plants. They work in nuclear security and in developing detectors for special nuclear materials. They develop radiation detection and measurement methods and devise facilities to store, monitor, and dispose of radioactive waste. Nuclear engineers also design medical imaging equipment and power systems for deep-space probes.
 
Eberly College of Science - Astronomy & Astrophysics (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Biology (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Chemistry (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Forensic Science (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from the department for more specific details about the majors and the programs they can offer you.

Eberly College of Science - Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Office of Science Engagement, & Future Student Information (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers in an informal one-on-one setting to learn more about the Math, Physics and Statistics departments. Learn about research, internships and study abroad opportunities from the Office of Science Engagement.

Eberly College of Science - Premedicine, Accelerated Premed-Medical, Science BS, Science BS/MBA (Department Info Session)

Meet faculty and advisers from our Academic Advising Center for more specific details about the majors and programs they can offer you.

ROTC Leadership & Financial Opportunities (Info Session)

If you’ve ever had a desire to serve in the United States Military, but understand the importance of earning a college education, this session is for you!  Faculty members from the Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force ROTC programs at Penn State will describe the many available opportunities during and after college.  They will also discuss exceptional strategies to compete for a FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP and address the common myths that discourage highly qualified candidates.  Come with any questions to get some great information!