Diversity at Penn State

At Penn State our commitment to diversity in all of its forms is significant, and we are nationally recognized for our efforts.

Diversity at Penn State

"We recognize and believe strongly that the diversity of faculty, staff, and students enriches all of us and enables our mission of research, teaching, service, and economic development.

PENN STATE PRESIDENT ERIC J. BARRON

We believe that diversity includes appreciation and respect of differences in race and ethnicity, in gender and sexual orientation, in religious affiliation, in age and life experience, in nationality and language, and in physical capabilities.

Penn State students have access to a wide variety of academic and multicultural services and clubs and organizations that are specifically designed to promote the importance of diversity as well as address the academic, social, professional, and living needs of underrepresented populations at the University.

For more information about Penn State's commitment to diversity, please read A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State. Also, you can read more about the student services offered by the Office of Educational Equity. 

Connect with Penn State Admissions Multicultural Outreach:

Multicultural Outreach


Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development

The largest multi-faith center of its kind in the country, The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center is home to the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development at Penn State. The Center offers a welcoming, safe, inclusive environment, and aims to promote an environment of appreciation and respect for religious and spiritual diversity.

The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center


LGBTQA Student Resource Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Resource Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information, and advocacy services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We work to create and maintain an open, safer, and inclusive environment honoring gender and sexual diversity.

LGBTQA Student Resource Center


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Commitment to Diversity

Penn State has been recognized for its commitment to diversity with multiple Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Awards. Penn State was selected based on the University's exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and its commitment to a broad definition of diversity