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You love solving problems. You think critically and appreciate a big challenge. You’re ready to blend your enthusiasm for technology with your passions in business, government, science, energy, and finance. Most importantly, you never stand still. You have ideas, big and small, that you’re always pursuing. You work tirelessly to find new solutions to old problems, constantly innovating and digging deeper to reach new heights.


So do we. We are always thinking, creating, advancing. We bring experience and expertise from a variety of fields — computer science, psychology, math, business, sociology, political science — to our classrooms and laboratories, taking on the world’s greatest problems with innovation and creativity. There are incredible opportunities and challenges waiting for you at the intersection of information, technology, and people. And like us, you’re ready to take them on.

Usability Engineer

Certified Ethical Hacker

Tech Startup Entrepreneur

Counter-Terrorism Specialist Software Developer

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Cybersecurity Analyst

Technology Consultant

PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS A terrorist group attacks a city’s electrical grid, leaving millions without power. A black hat hacker steals personal information, holding private data for ransom. A cybercriminal breaks into a government server, compromising national security. The world needs cybersecurity professionals who can protect our most vulnerable digital resources from threats like these.




The Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations major will help you ensure the safety of critical information and assets. You’ll master the technical skills, risk management strategies, and analytical methods used to safeguard data and systems, while analyzing security and communicating cyberthreat and vulnerability issues to top-level decision makers. The major explores the essential concepts and analytical fundamentals of cybersecurity, while providing an in-depth and domainindependent approach to the development of cyber skills.

“The Cybersecurity program is much more hands on and much more focused. That’s what really sets Penn State apart — we are on the cutting edge.” » Brant Goings, Class of 2020 Learn more at

TRANSFORMING DECISIONS Tweets and snaps, credit card purchases and music playlists, health trackers and GPS – we produce an enormous amount of data every day. This “big data” is used to tackle new challenges and make better decisions across a variety of domains. After all, it’s not the amount of data that’s important. It’s what you do with it that can change the world.


Offered jointly by the College of Information Sciences and Technology, College of Engineering, and the Eberly College of Science, the Data Sciences major will help you learn the technical fundamentals of data sciences and the skills to manage and analyze large-scale unstructured data. You’ll take two years of core courses before selecting an option to explore in depth. The Applied Data Sciences option is offered by the College of IST and focuses on the principles, methods, and tools for using big data to support discovery and decision-making.


Learn more at » Visit for information on the Computational Data Sciences and Statistical Modeling Data Sciences options.


“Every company needs people who speak the language of data. It’s exciting to be on the forefront of this growing field, and the College of IST does a great job of preparing you to be a data scientist in the real world.” » Sean Parsons, Class of 2020

DESIGNING THE FUTURE Web, mobile, and other interactive technologies are everywhere in modern life. Designing, building, and evaluating these technologies requires an understanding of how people use technology, including the physiological, cognitive, social, and other factors surrounding its use. All of this ensures that technology is created with the user in mind. Because what good is technology if it doesn’t meet human needs?




The Human-Centered Design and Development major will help you understand how people use technology, and how to identify, design, build, and evaluate technologies to enhance people’s lives. You’ll learn the methods for understanding users, techniques, and tools for designing effective technologies, and the modern platforms that are used to create effective technology solutions. The major connects you with potential users and customers to understand their needs and unique contexts, and then design, build, and evaluate impactful products and services.

“You need to keep the user in mind when you’re designing and developing software, so you can be sure it is designed to meet their needs. We study that concept in the classroom to learn how to make technology more efficient.” » Lauren Doutt, Class of 2019 Learn more at

INTEGRATING SOLUTIONS Technology has made our lives so interconnected and our world so small that we can’t imagine living without it. Every day, technological capabilities expand and the amount of information we produce explodes at an unimaginable rate. Exploring how these advancements can and should be used ensures that they’re improving society and helping people and organizations thrive.


The Information Sciences and Technology major will help you understand how people use technology and revolutionize the role it plays in changing the way individuals live, work, and play. You’ll build an understanding of core information technologies, learn the practical application of various information technologies, and sharpen your abilities to think critically and work in teams. The major explores how to integrate information technology across different systems to meet organizational goals and improve reliability, accessibility, and efficiency.


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“There are so many career opportunities available to IST majors. It’s great to be in this program as technology is evolving because you see what trends are coming up and what trends are happening now.” » Genesis Dubon, Class of 2020

ANALYZING INTELLIGENCE Whether it’s analyzing the potential for a terrorist attack or managing emergency response after a natural disaster, there is a critical need to turn information into actionable intelligence. Assessing and managing those risks to recommend the right course of action requires a specific set of skills. Those skills can make the difference between saving resources and property to saving lives.




The Security and Risk Analysis major will help prepare you to recognize, communicate, and address the analytic needs of a wide range of security and risk domains including national security, emergency management, law and crime, and enterprise risk management. You’ll understand the strategic and tactical levels of intelligence collection, analysis, and decision-making; explore legal, ethical, and professional issues; and leverage the role of technology in the field. The program prepares you to be part of a highly-trained analytic workforce that can address the security and risk challenges that face individuals, organizations, and the nation.

“Simulations are my favorite part of being in SRA because you get to have that hands-on experience and apply all the skills and analytic techniques you’ve been learning in the classroom to a simulated event.” » Jessica Tatone, Class of 2020 Learn more at

FINDING YOUR OWN PATH College is about more than the classes you choose. It’s about the opportunities you embrace to find out what matters to you and to provide you with the skills to pursue a meaningful career. No matter your interests, IST and Penn State have a variety of experiences to help you blaze your own trail in and out of the classroom.

» Inspiring Involvement

Apply what you’re learning in class to real-world clients, develop teamwork and communication skills, and gain leadership experience through an IST student organization or one of the 1,000+ groups offered at Penn State.

» Education Anywhere

You can earn credits in Croatia or South Korea through one of the IST-sponsored study abroad programs, or explore international opportunities through one of the many programs offered by Penn State.

» New Discoveries

IST faculty tackle complex research projects at the intersection of information, technology, and society. You can build your own undergraduate research portfolio and enhance your experience by partnering with faculty to advance their work – or take on a project of your own!

The IST Special Living Option lets you build a community by living and learning with classmates who share your interests while immersing yourself in the IST academic and social environment. SLO selections must be made by May 15.

» Enhancing Education

Want to network with tech executives over spring break? Attend the Grace Hopper Conference, the largest gathering of women technologists? Pitch your business idea during Penn State Startup Week? There are endless opportunities for you to explore at IST, on campus, and around the world.


» Home Away From Home

SUCCEEDING WITH COMMUNITY The College of IST is a community of individuals who are dedicated to your wellness as a student and who work with you to have a positive impact on the world. Whether you’re looking to build your community or pursue your goals after graduation, you’ll find people and resources to support you at every step of the journey – that’s what communities do.

» Now Hiring

Every year, our Career Solutions office hosts two career fairs for companies looking specifically to hire IST students, where you can network and explore career and internship opportunities with some of the world’s most innovative employers.

» Career Preparation

Nothing prepares you for a career like an internship. That’s why every IST student is required to complete at least one before graduating. Nearly half of our students complete multiple internships, and more than twothirds receive full-time job offers from a company with which they interned.

» In-Demand Skills


Hundreds of organizations are actively recruiting IST students for emerging careers, and our graduates earn average starting salaries of more than $65,000. With IST-related careers integrated across every industry, you can always put your unique skills to work.

» Academic Guidance

From professional advisers who will help you plan for your academic goals to experienced students in your classes who can provide guidance, you’ll find plenty of support services to explore your interests, succeed in the classroom, and stay on track for graduation.

» An Inclusive Home

We aim to create a welcoming and equitable environment for all students. Our Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement works to explore how diversity programs can enhance community and foster personal and professional growth, preparing you to be a leader in the global community.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR APPLYING TO PENN STATE All dates are accurate as of press time. Please visit for the most up-to-date deadlines.


Apply for Financial Aid OCTOBER 1

Early Action Deadline NOVEMBER 1

Priority Filing Date NOVEMBER 30

Submission Deadline for FAFSA to Penn State DECEMBER 1

Submission Deadline for Housing Deposit MAY 1

Deadline to Accept Your Offer of Admission MAY 1

The application for admission to Penn State is available online starting August 1. Admission to Penn State and IST is competitive. Apply early for best consideration.

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To be considered for federal, state, and University financial aid, you must complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available on October 1. Penn State Student Aid 814-865-6301

Early Action is a non-binding commitment by Penn State to respond to applicants earlier in the admissions decision cycle.

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While not a deadline, admission becomes more competitive for applications received after November 30.

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Penn State reviews incoming student financial data after the December 1 deadline. Potential IST scholarship awardees are evaluated by these criteria.

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Housing is provided on a first-come, firstserve basis. All housing deposits must be submitted through your MyPennState account by May 1 for consideration. Students interested in IST’s Special Living Option must make this selection by May 15 after submitting their housing deposit.

Penn State Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life 814-865-7543

Log in to your MyPennState account and pay your deposit by May 1 to secure your spot at Penn State.

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Nondiscrimination Statement The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901, Email:, Tel (814) 863-0471. U.Ed. IST 19-36

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