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About Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Why Consider Pennsylvania State University?
Penn State World Campus opened in 1998, but the campus and its programs are grounded in over 150 years of teaching, research, and service. Penn State offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree programs, and graduate degree programs, including master’s and doctoral programs.
Students enjoy technology-enhanced learning experiences, career-focused curriculum, and a supportive network of faculty, students, and staff. As a Penn State student, you’ll become part of a nationally-recognized university with global impact—in fact, there are more than 673,000 Penn State alumni living around the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
Famous graduates of Penn State include Herman Fisher, cofounder of Fisher-Price Toy Company and Ty Burrell, best-known as Phil Dunphy on ABC’s award-winning show, Modern Family.
A Focus on Careers
Penn State World Campus offers degree and certificate programs designed to help you pursue enhanced career goals. Choose from 150 programs in education, business, engineering, technology, health care, and more.
Each program features a career-focused curriculum that includes the latest industry trends, plus courses taught by faculty members who are experts in their fields.
A Full Range of Student Services
Students pursuing their graduate degrees need the support of dedicated faculty and staff. Pennsylvania State University students have access to new student orientation, academic advising, career counseling resources, a nationally recognized research library, and technical support. Support continues after graduation with a strong, global alumni network known for its fierce connection to Penn State.
A Military-Friendly University
Penn State is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the GI Bill, and the Yellow Ribbon Program. In addition to having a dedicated Office of Veterans Programs, Penn State has an Academic Military Support Team staffed by professionals who promote academic success and achievement for military students.
Join a Global Community
Whether they learn on the main campus or a satellite campus elsewhere in the commonwealth, Penn State students join a diverse and extensive community of learners from around the country and the world.
Because of its huge global network, Penn State has the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world, with more than 174,000 members. Become a Penn-Stater, and join the family!
Mission, Vision and ValuesThe Pennsylvania State University fosters research and scholarship that promotes human and economic development, global understanding, and advancement in professional practice. The university upholds President Eric Barron’s Six Imperatives; Committing to Excellence; Engaging our Students; Serving a Diverse World; Creating Economic Impact; Capitalizing on Technology; Supporting Educational Access
To apply to Penn State, check the requirements for your prospective degree or certificate program, and submit an online application. Depending on their situation, some students may have additional considerations when applying.
Transfer Students: Transfer of graduate credit is determined on a case-by-case basis by the program you are applying to. Among other considerations, potential transfer courses must appear on a graduate-level transcript from a regionally accredited institution, you must have earned at least a B in each course, and the credits must not have been used toward the completion of a previous graduate degree.
International Students: An international student is defined as someone who requires any type of visa in order to attend school here. Among other requirements, international graduate students must submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System.
Military Students: Penn State University is committed to helping military members, veterans, and their families navigate admissions procedures, such as transferring credits, applying for financial aid, and more. Contact an admissions counselor for assistance.
- Special Learning Opportunities: Undergrad Distance, Grad Distance
- Credit Accepted: Dual credit, Credit for life experiences, Credit For Military, Advanced placement(AP) credits
- Carnegie Classification: Research Universities (very high research activity)
- Religious Affiliation: Not applicable
- There are 13277 full-time faculty
- 1722 Part-time instructional faculty
- ROTC Services
- Study Abroad Services
- Weekend Evening College Services
- Remedial Services
- Academic Career Counseling Services
- Employment Services for Students
- Placement Services Completers
- Daycare Services
- Library Services
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 12% part-time and 88% full-time
For the years 2017-2018 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus awarded: 6 associates, 11174 bachelor's degrees, 1411 master's degrees, 114 doctor's degrees - professional practice, 695 doctor's degrees - research/scholarship
The Pennsylvania State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Individual programs may have additional accreditations.
- The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- The GEOINT Analytics certificate is accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).
- The Master of Finance program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
- The Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
- The school is full of many supportive people who genuinely care for each other. You just really need to join something that interests you and then you'll be able to find some great friends. People seem very chill for it being considered a top university. Definitely a calmer atmosphere compared to schools like Stanford and Berkeley.
- The university provides the best of both academics opportunities as well as extracurricular activities in order to help their students explore and/or grow their skills on a specific or variety of fields. Their goal is to get their students involved in what they love in order to grow and expand the students knowledge.
- Overall, I love being a student at USC. On campus, I am a research assistant, a newspaper writer, and a dancer on the competitive hip-hop team. I've met a wide variety of students at USC, some who astound me with their intelligence and hobbies. I love talking to my professors during their office hours. The downsides to being a USC student is that a lot of things are inordinately expensive, the tuition keeps rising (unnecessarily), and the area around it is not super nice.
Penn State offers more than 160 accredited degree programs in fields that include business, education, nursing, engineering, technology and sciences, homeland security, and other career-focused areas. Penn State graduate programs include master’s, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs.
PSU Program Highlights: PENN STATE MBA
Penn State offers various paths to earning your MBA and aiming for new heights in business. Candidates may pursue a two-year, residential MBA at the Smeal College of Business, which also leads an AACSB–accredited online MBA program via Penn State World Campus. Both program formats feature concentrations in exciting professional areas, as well as core business courses in management, team process & performance, economics, leadership communications, and more.
An Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Penn State’s MBA program integrates multiple business disciplines and concepts. You could study everything from statistics and financial management to global business and corporate innovation, while also focusing on the areas of interest that are most important to you.
Career-focused Concentrations: Customize your program by choosing a concentration, like accounting foundations, business analytics, finance, marketing analytics, or general management, among others. And, residential MBA students may have their choice of “options,” which are briefer, targeted concentrations in areas like entrepreneurship, global business, healthcare, and much more.
Immersive Experiences: Penn State strives to help MBA students immerse themselves in learning…and hopefully have fun while doing it. Some potential experiences you may be able to pursue include themed week-long immersions, challenging “case competitions” where students solve real-world business problems, and residency experiences designed to help online students engage with their studies in person.
Career Support: Penn State is committed to helping MBA students enhance their career preparation. From job fairs and in-person networking to self-assessment tools and online job postings, you may find valuable resources to help you jumpstart your new goals in business.