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Penn State University Park - main campus

Penn State University Park - main campus
201 Shields Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: +1 814-865-5471
Fax: +1 814-863-7590

Campus Facts

Penn State University Park - main campus Facts


Approximately 13,700 students live on campus. First-year students are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing.


46,606 students

NCAA Division I
Big Ten Conference
Varsity Sports
The Intercollegiate Athletics program at Penn State University Park includes thirty-one varsity athletic teams.

Penn State University Park - main campus

The largest campus in the Penn State system, University Park is home to a diverse population of about 46,000 undergraduate students. Penn State University Park students enjoy passing iconic buildings like Old Main daily, while also taking advantage of amenities in new facilities like the Information Sciences and Technology Building or the Life Sciences Building.

Penn State University Park is located in the small city of State College, a quintessential college town with its small eateries and quirky shops that line the street marking the border between downtown and campus. Nestled near the base of Mount Nittany, the surrounding area of central Pennsylvania is known as "Happy Valley."

First-year students at University Park are assigned to regular or supplemental housing in traditional dormitory-style buildings. Students interested in living on campus after the first year must participate in a random lottery system for housing.

Penn State University Park is staffed with special services to help meet international students' unique needs.

Penn State University Park Virtual Tour

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Prospective First-Year Students
Prospective First-Year Students

For high school students who have not yet applied to Penn State, or who have applied to Penn State but have not yet received an offer of admission.

Accepted First-Year Students
Accepted First-Year Students

For high school students who have received an offer of admission to Penn State University Park.

Admitted Student Programs at University Park are scheduled from December through April. 

Transfer Students
Transfer Students

These sessions are for both prospective transfer students and transfer students with an offer of admission to Penn State University Park. Transfer students must have already graduated from high school or completed a GED and completed 18 or more credits of college course work (post high school graduation/GED) before starting at Penn State.

Large Groups
Large Groups

For large group visits of 10 or more students. Please complete the Large Group Visitation Form at least two weeks prior to your requested visit date.

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Virtual Tour

University Park - main campus

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Academic Information

Campus Majors
Majors Completed at Penn State University Park:
Penn State University Park offers the full four years of more than 275 baccalaureate degree programs.
Campus Major Listings
2+2 Plan:
The first two years of nearly all of Penn State's more that 275 baccalaureate programs that can be started at a Penn State Commonwealth Campus and completed at Penn State University Park. We call it the 2+2 plan and it’s the most common path to a Penn State degree--about 60% of our students opt for this path in a typical year. 2+2 Plan- Learn More
Penn State University Park - main campus