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In the know

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Penn State majors

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Academic paths

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Penn State’s campuses

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Frequently asked questions

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Admission, costs, and student financial aid

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Varsity, club, and intramural sports

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Student clubs and organizations

Academics 10

Finding your place

Our multicampus system 14

Get involved

Student life 20

What it’s worth to you

The value of a Penn State degree


ACADEMI CS

acad emics In the know Choosing the right course for your education

You may know exactly what you want to do in life. On the other hand, you may be the kind of person who wants options to explore before deciding which path to take. One thing you know for sure is that you want a quality education with a degree that employers respect. IMAGINE YOUR FUTURE.

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“One of the great things about Penn State is the number of different majors the University offers.” —SARA ROTHROCK

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BEING BIG HAS ITS ADVANTAGES. WITH MORE THAN 160 MAJORS AND 500 SPECIALIZED OPTIONS ACROSS OUR MULTICAMPUS SYSTEM, PENN STATE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE DESIGNED TO MEET YOUR GOALS.

What should I study?

Not sure what to major in at Penn State? Not a problem. The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) is for students who haven’t decided which field to study. Basically, it’s like a buffet at a food court—you get to see a variety of courses before you commit to one major. The best part is you have an academic adviser to help guide you through the process. explored her options before finalizing her majors in Geography and Philosophy. “I started in DUS because I really didn’t know what to study or what I wanted to do after college,” she says. “One of the great things about Penn State is the number of different majors the

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University offers. Penn State gives you the flexibility to discover what you really want and the ability to pursue it.” A variety of travel opportunties helped her decide on her majors. “I traveled to South Africa through CAUSE (Center for Advanced Undergraduate Study and Experience), offered through the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. During the spring semester, we studied environmental justice in postapartheid South Africa. The following summer we flew to South Africa, where we spent time in Cape Town, visited a diamond mine in Namaqualand, and lived in a hut in KwaZulu-Natal. As a result of my positive experiences, I chose Geography as one of my majors.”

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Advisers can help

When I first get to campus

A Communications major with a minor in Science, Liz Coviello dreams of becoming a doctor. At first glance it might seem that Liz has her major and minor reversed, but she doesn’t. “To become a good doctor, you must be able to communicate well. My adviser and I mapped out a plan so that I could achieve my goals and meet all of my prerequisites to be considered for medical school.” This is a good example of how Penn State advisers can assist you in making the most of your education.

The First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program (FTCAP), organized by DUS, helps first-year students evaluate their educational plans before they register for their first-semester classes. FTCAP is the first stage in your preparation for your academic future at the University.

Your advisers help you select classes, build your schedule, factor in internships, and explore opportunities to study abroad. So when you’re debating between Beginning Ceramics or Advanced Calculus, you can rest assured that your adviser can offer guidance.

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When Erica Foley, a Schreyer Honors College Scholar who majored in Biology/Ecology, came to Penn State for FTCAP the summer before her first year, she didn’t know what to expect. “I figured that, with thousands of students there, personal attention and help making my schedule was unlikely—but that’s exactly what I received.” A professor from her intended major talked with her about classes she would enjoy and several current students were also available to offer their insight on the best classes, student life on campus, and things to do off campus.


HOW DOES STUDYING IN A SUBMARINE in the Gulf of Mexico with a world leader in animal ecology sound? For a number of Biology students, this opportunity is a dream come true. Chuck Fisher, professor of biology, is another example of an outstanding faculty member who combines classroom learning with hands-on research. Pictured here, Dr. Fisher and several of his students prepare to embark on a deep-sea exploration trip to research ice worms.

Telaina Myers and Dr. Sarma Pisupati

Pop Quiz Overall, how many undergraduate students are enrolled at our 20 campuses? A. 44,112 B. 67,950 C. 76,066

The correct answer is C. Penn State continues to educate more students than any university in the northeastern United States.

WHEN IT COMES TO ACADEMICS AT PENN STATE you’ll hear

Out of the classroom

words like “interactive” and “challenging.” TELAINA MYERS, a University Park student majoring in Supply Chain and Information Systems, has experienced that firsthand.

David Baker, a Physics major at University Park, already knows how Penn State’s academic preparation has helped him outside of the classroom. Thanks to his Penn State education, he earned a co-op position as a junior researcher for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. “After September 11, there was a tremendous influx of blood donations to the American Red Cross. My job was to investigate blood longevity— extending the life of donated blood. My physics background made me highly desirable for this position because they knew that a Penn State education would teach me to think critically.” This co-op experience gave David a practical background in a working laboratory while he earned credits toward his degree.

Telaina has taken a variety of classes in the Business curriculum in support of her overall program of study. When asked to identify her favorite instructor, she answers without hesitation: DR. SARMA PISUPATI, associate professor of energy and geo-environmental engineering, who teaches Energy and the Environment. “Dr. Pisupati is one of those teachers you hope for coming into college,” says Telaina. “He is very interactive and knows how to really connect with you. When you leave class, you know you have really learned something. “Dr. Pisupati, like many professors at Penn State, makes it easy for you to forget you’re in a classroom with nearly 100 other students (except for the occasional roar of laughter and chant of ‘We are Penn State!’). It’s easy to ask questions and understand the lessons. It’s also nice to know that in a class like Dr. Pisupati’s, you’re actually learning material that is important to your current and future lifestyles.” Penn State is committed to high-quality teaching that provides students with every opportunity to be successful. Our nationally recognized faculty is dedicated to giving students a first-class education.

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ACADE M IC S

Gathering around a collection of tree rings, Dr. Taylor and an undergraduate student working with his research group identify the history of fire in a sample from a 350-year-old tree.

RESEARCH FOR UNDERGRADUATES As a world-class research institution, Penn State has the resources to give you the best handson experience possible. Ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, Penn State’s extensive library system stands as a leader in providing print and electronic resources for students and faculty. With more than $650 million annually set aside for research projects, our faculty and students continue to make original investigations and publish them to the world. ALAN TAYLOR, professor of geography, understands the advantages of a large research university. “Student interest and enthusiasm is infectious and the undergraduate research experience is valuable for many in finding a job after graduation,” says Dr. Taylor.

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If you’re interested in studying abroad, Penn State has the itineraries for you. The University offers 259 programs in fifty-six different countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, and in Australia, and New Zealand. These programs contribute to the global expansion of Penn State’s classroom walls. A prime example is TARYN ROSADA, a Journalism major who spent a semester studying in London, England. “From my experience, I gained knowledge that I could not learn from reading a textbook or watching a television show,” she says. “I saw the world from another perspective and learned even more about Americans in the process. I immersed myself in British culture and was able to adapt to a different way of life.”

Studying abroad has shaped Taryn’s Penn State experience into something very memorable. “I came home with new friends, new stories, and even better photos. My decision to study abroad is one I definitely do not regret. As clichéd as it sounds, it was the best experience of my life.” Penn State also supports service-oriented trips to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. For instance, while other students were kicking back at the beach during spring break, a group of twenty Penn State Altoona students and their faculty chaperones packed up donated food, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies for the city of Monte Cristo in the Dominican Republic. They spent a week volunteering at a community school and orphanage, playing with the young students, teaching them

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English, painting the facility (including a mural featuring baseball slugger Sammy Sosa), making hundreds of candles for a fundraiser, and helping to organize the orphanage library. LEE ANN DeREUS, associate professor of human development and family studies, has organized the trip since 2001. She says that every year the effect on the students who visit the orphanage has been the same. “They come back and it’s a life-changing experience for them. They see what few material goods the residents have, and they learn what service is really about.”


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If you’re looking for new challenges, unique experiences, and the perfect place to kick-start your future, Penn State is the place for you. We are as diverse and remarkable as you are— and we think that just might make us a perfect match.

I want a challenge

We’re here to help

If you are looking for an exceptional challenge that will test your scholastic abilities, then consider Schreyer Honors College, Penn State’s University-wide honors program (shc.psu.edu). It provides highly motivated students with tremendous opportunities to enrich their college experience. Through close interaction with faculty, honors course offerings, grants supporting research and study abroad opportunities, extensive out-ofclassroom programs, and the completion of a thesis, Schreyer Scholars challenge themselves to achieve their academic potential.

There you have it—an introduction to Penn State academics. All this information about the University may seem sort of overwhelming, but hang in there. It’s really quite simple—and we are all eager to help you make exciting decisions about your future!

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BIG ARE THE CLASSES?

Class sizes vary, depending on the campus and type of class. At campuses other than University Park, the average class size is usually twentyfive or fewer students. Class size at University Park depends on the course, but 85 percent of first-year classes have fifty or fewer students.

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I HAVE AN ADVISER?

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Yes. Each student is assigned an adviser. In fact, you may make use of advisers in other academic areas. Career advising is also available to all students.

Business Trading Room. Functioning as both a classroom and a laboratory facility, the Trading Room replicates an authentic trading room environment. Students can conduct studies on global financial markets, stock trading, options, and other elements found in today’s global economies.

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TEACHES CLASSES?

Most classes are taught by Penn State’s full-time faculty. For some introductory courses at some campuses, a supervised teaching assistant serves as the primary instructor.

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Figuring out which campus is the best fit for you

that Penn State isn’t a single place. Our multicampus system has twenty undergraduate campuses throughout Pennsylvania. Being big has its advantages; it gives you the freedom to pick which campus suits you best. Some students choose to remain at one campus for all four years, while other students spend their first two years at one campus and transition to another for their remaining two years. We call it the 2+2 plan and it’s the most common path to a Penn State degree. BY NOW YOU PROBABLY KNOW

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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK IS BY FAR THE LARGEST PENN STATE CAMPUS, WITH MORE THAN 37,000 UNDERGRADUATES. THE STUDENTS WHO START HERE—ABOUT 40 PERCENT—GENERALLY ARE HERE THROUGH GRADUATION. THE REMAINING 60 PERCENT BEGIN AT ONE OF OUR NINETEEN OTHER CAMPUSES.

KRISTIN SCHWEIGHARDT, a student at University Park, started at Penn State Hazleton. For Kristin, it was the perfect way to transition from a smaller high school environment to a much larger learning community.

“My experience at Hazleton helped me to really transition from high school to college,” says Kristin. “It was easy to fit in and get involved in campus life. Because I was active at Hazleton, I had a smoother transition to University Park than I ever thought possible.”

At Penn State Hazleton, Kristin was involved with the campus newspaper, the dance team, and the Universitywide IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (Thon). At University Park, Kristin still participates in Thon, as well as numerous other activities. “Penn State is the best place ever,” says Kristin. “In fact, it feels like home!” Some students find the smaller campus experience so valuable that they decide to complete their degree at a campus other than University Park.

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NAEEM HARGROVE began his college career at Penn State Greater Allegheny, stayed for two years, and then moved to Penn State Harrisburg. “I had a nice experience at Penn State Greater Allegheny, from small classes to special things I needed,” says Naeem. “The campus was the perfect size for me and I felt right at home.”

At Greater Allegheny, Naeem participated in the Student Government Association and the Residence Council, where he helped first-year students transition from high school to college life. Now at Penn State Harrisburg, he plans to finish his degree in Criminal Justice. He remains active in numerous clubs and groups. Naeem says his Penn State experience has helped him develop a greater sense of community: “Because of my involvement at Penn State, I am becoming a well-rounded person, especially when it comes to supporting other people.”


THE MULTI CA MPU S SYSTE M

Penn State’s diverse campus sizes make it easy for you to find your perfect fit.

A campus close to home

With twenty undergraduate campuses across Pennsylvania, you will find everything from the intimate small college experience to the intensity and excitement of a major university setting. No matter which campus you choose, you’ll be getting a world-renowned Penn State education.

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Many students move to Penn State University Park after their sophomore year to experience the opportunities available at a big campus. BRANDON MCGRAW, a senior studying finance and accounting, chose to spend all four years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He wanted to take advantage of the benefits of a large university while being at a smaller campus. “The greatest advantage of attending a smaller campus is the individual attention that I receive from the faculty,” he says. “At Behrend, the faculty really take the

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time to get to know you, what you are about, and how you can bring something to the classroom or any other activity.” In addition to the one-on-one attention, Brandon enjoys getting involved in oncampus activities. He is president of Lion Ambassadors and treasurer of the Blue and White Society at Behrend. “Getting involved in clubs and organizations was the best way for me to make friends,” he says. “The friends I’ve made will be the friends I have for a lifetime.”


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Pop Quiz

> IF

I WANT TO COMPLETE MY DEGREE AT UNIVERSITY PARK AFTER STARTING AT ANOTHER PENN STATE CAMPUS, WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

What percentage of first-year students actually start at University Park in a typical year?

Typically, you transition to University Park after completing your first two years of full-time study toward a baccalaureate degree, as long as you are in good academic standing.

A. 20%

B. 40%

C. 60%

If you answered B, you’re right.

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CAMPUS IS BEST FOR ME?

What you would like to study and the kind of learning environment you prefer can affect your choice of campus. While most campuses offer the first two years of study for nearly all of Penn State’s academic programs, each campus has its own array of academic offerings. There are other things to keep in mind as well: In what part of Pennsylvania would you like to live and study? What size campus do you find most comfortable? Do you want to live on or off campus? What extracurricular activities interest you? The best way to find out if a campus is right for you is to schedule a visit through our Web site at admissions.psu.edu.

Penn State Hazleton

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I GET THE MAJOR I WANT AT ANY CAMPUS?

For most of Penn State’s more than 160 majors, you can complete the first two years of study at any Penn State campus. Please consult the majors listing on pages 27–29 and our Web site at admissions.psu.edu for more information. Penn State Mont Alto

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Get involved

Making Penn State your own

to college and make friends? Two words: Get involved. The Penn State experience goes beyond the courses you take by offering more than 1,200 clubs and organizations across twenty campuses. WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET ADJUSTED

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“Getting involved early opened so many doors for me.” —CHRISTOPHER TALLEY

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CHRISTOPHER TALLEY of Philadelphia, a Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management major, is an active member of the Penn State community. He has served as president of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity; president of the Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team; vice president of standards for Penn State’s National Panhellenic Council; coordinator for S-PLAN, a mentoring program for first-year students; a member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality; and the 2007 Penn State Homecoming King.

Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (Thon) is a massive philanthropic event on the University Park campus that raised more than $6.6 million last year for children with cancer.

Chris joined many clubs and organizations when he was a first-year student, and has been active ever since. “Getting involved early opened so many doors for me by creating opportunities to meet people and give back to the Penn State community,” he says. Through his on-campus involvement, he also participates in community service and education-related programs. “It’s good to get involved but it doesn’t mean anything unless you make a difference in the Penn State community,” he says. “I’m just glad to be here and hope that what I’ve done has paved the way for others and will continue the Penn State tradition.” Division III sports are offere State Alt d at Pen oona (ab n ove); Pen Penn Sta n State B te Erie, T erks; h e B e hrend Co Penn Sta te Harrisb llege; an d urg.

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>August 21 Arrival Day

>September 26 Penn State vs. Iowa (All-University Day) Beaver Stadium PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK

>October 16 Homecoming Parade PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK

>January 18

There’s always something to do

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Whether you are interested in music, sports, movies, salsa dancing, ceramics, or even magic, Penn State has a group to help you get involved.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE

>February 15 Magic Tree House: The Musical Eisenhower Auditorium PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK

>February 20–22 Dance Marathon (Thon) University-wide

>February 26 Dava Sobel, science writer and historian Samuel Black III Conference Center PENN STATE ERIE

>April 20–24 N.O.W. at Berks (New Original Works) Annual Play Festival Perkins Auditorium PENN STATE BERKS

As an English major, Janelle Burrell has a busy schedule at Penn State University Park. Her position as an advertising account executive for the student-run newspaper, the Daily Collegian, coupled with her position as an editorial intern in the University Fellowships Office, keeps her active. “There is always something to do here. In addition to my campus commitments, I’ve had the privilege to hear a number of amazing speakers who have visited University Park. I’ve been inspired by Spike Lee, who gave an empowering speech on campus several years ago. I’ve heard Janet Reno, the nation’s first female attorney general, speak. And I came face-to-face with Maya Angelou, whose writings I have read extensively in class.”

>March 19 The Pajama Game: The Broadway Tour Pullo Family Performing Arts Center PENN STATE YORK

>May 14–16 Graduation

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Across Penn State, events are planned to get students excited and involved on campus. Open-mike nights, coffeehouses, comedy shows, instrumental performances, and dances are just some of the social events that our campuses have to offer. And we don’t limit the fun to on-campus events. Weekend getaways to New York City are a favorite of Penn State Hazleton students. Those interested in traveling to the city board a University-sponsored bus and travel to the Big Apple for a day of sightseeing, shopping, and shows. What do you like? What interests you? We strive to provide students with diverse opportunities and activities that help enrich the Penn State experience. To find out more, visit our Web site at clubs.psu.edu to see which clubs and organizations are available at the campus you’re considering.


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ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL—From the Astronomy Club to the Wildlife Society, we offer extremes and everything in between. All of our academic areas have special-interest clubs and organizations that will take your learning to a whole new level. Hands-on experience, intense topic discussions, networking, and professional development are just a few of the benefits you will gain. THE ARTS—You don’t have to be a student in an arts-related major to get involved in a student performance group. Whether your interest is in voice, instrument, or theatre, there are lots of ways to pursue it. KATIE BRUNNER, a Biobehavioral Health major at University Park, is passionate about playing her saxophone as a member of the Penn State Blue Band. “Playing for 106,000 screaming fans has been the experience of a lifetime.”

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ATHLETICS—With our large selection of intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports programs, you’re bound to find something that is a good fit for you. University Park offers intercollegiate competition at the Division I, club, and intramural levels. Our other campuses offer a multitude of athletic choices including Division III, club sports, and intramural teams. JOE KREZO, a student majoring in Crime, Law, and Justice, is passionate about playing rugby. After four years in the Marines, Joe took up rugby at Penn State University Park. “Ever since my first year in the Marines, I have been dying to come to Penn State to play rugby,” he says. “Now that I’m playing, it does take up a lot of time, but I have made a lot of friends through it and am enjoying the civilian life.”

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP—From community service to student government, we want you to share your thoughts and ideas to make Penn State and the world a better place. University Park Chemical Engineering major HANS ARORA spent his last two summers working in the radiation oncology branch of the National Cancer Institute conducting organic chemistry research. This experience inspired him to take an active role with Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (Thon). This huge philanthropic event on the University Park campus raised more than $7.4 million this year for children with cancer. As a “moraler” for Thon, Hans joined his friends to encourage everyone involved in this amazing event. “Making the kids smile, even when they were soaking me with squirt guns, meant the world to me.” For more information on Thon, visit thon.org.


?S T UDE NT L IF E > HOW HAS GETTING INVOLVED MADE PENN STATE A BETTER PLACE FOR YOU? “Getting involved allowed me to meet my very best friends. When I first looked at this University, I was afraid of its size and worried I would be a lonely fish in a big pond. Joining things made the size of this school seem less daunting. I have an amazing group of friends who are like a big family that has made me love Penn State more than I ever thought possible.” —MICHELLE CARBONELL

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? > CAN I BE IN MUSIC OR PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS EVEN IF THAT ISN’T MY MAJOR? Definitely. Most music and performing arts groups are open to students in any major, though an audition may be required. The availability of music and performing arts groups varies by campus.

LATENIGHT PENN STATE, an alcohol-free entertainment venue at University Park, offers movies, concerts, crafts, and cultural events. LateNight also offers films on Thursdays, a full slate of programs on Friday and Saturday evenings, and two showings of recently released movies on Sundays. Student favorites include swing and salsa dances; karaoke and videoke; live music of all types; hypnotists; sideshow artists; and magicians.

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DO I GET INVOLVED?

At any Penn State campus, you can participate in a variety of sports, clubs, organizations, and recreational activities—student government organizations, musical groups, publications and communications organizations, performing arts organizations, nationality and diversity organizations, clubs formed around academic interests, religious and spiritual organizations, and dozens of special-interest groups. No matter what Penn State campus you attend, you’ll find a rich and diverse social and cultural life, both on campus and in the community.

> DOES

PENN STATE HAVE FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES?

Different fraternities and sororities are available, depending on which campus you attend. Penn State has fifty-seven fraternities and thirty-two sororities.

See pages 44–45 and the inside back cover for more information on student life or visit us at admissions.psu.edu.

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VALUE

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value What it’s worth to you

Understanding the value of a Penn State degree

for you and your family. As you explore the colleges on your short list, you will find that a Penn State education is an exceptional value in higher education. A COLLEGE EDUCATION IS A SERIOUS INVESTMENT

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“The funds are out there to make it work. I’m living proof of that.” —STEPHANIE LACAPRA

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WORKING TOWARD YOUR DEGREE For many Penn State students, an important part of funding their education comes through federal and state work-study programs. Through these programs, eligible students work an average of fifteen hours per week in work-study positions throughout the University. In many cases, the work-study experience is in an area that is directly related to the student’s field of study. As an Elementary and Kindergarten Education major from Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, CHRIS OAKES worked as part of Penn State’s affiliation with America Reads, a program utilizing work-study tutors in elementary schools, preschools, child-care centers, after-school programs, family literacy programs, and communitybased literacy programs designed to improve reading skills. For Chris, it’s an ideal match. “I love working with kids, which is why I chose to become a teacher. America Reads allows me to work with elementary school students to improve their reading, while also providing great experiences for me. I’m learning from the teachers I work with, I’m getting firsthand experience that will make me more marketable, and I’m getting paid. I’d willingly do this for free as a volunteer, but getting paid for something you love to do is a bonus!”

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A degree in demand

A Penn State education provides you with a degree that’s in demand. You’ll be a part of the largest alumni community in the world and you’ll develop skills that can help position you for success in the workplace. Today, one of every 115 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate. With more than 467,000 Penn State alumni around the world, you’ll be in good company. A Penn State degree is a valuable commodity. In fact, our reputation draws more than 1,000 corporate and government recruiters to interview Penn State graduates on campus every year.


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“I started early to seek out scholarships in my community. I also used the Penn State Web site as a way of identifying additional private scholarships that I could apply for. The funds are out there to make it work. I’m here and I’m living proof of that.” STEPHANIE LACAPRA (left), Advertising/Public Relations major

▼ An investment of time and money

A college education is a major investment of time and money. The decision to attend Penn State will likely require commitment and hard work from you, and your family as well. Funding a quality education can be a challenge—but we can help. About 75 percent of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, so you’re not alone. The majority of the educational costs for Penn State students generally rests with the family, but keep in mind that it’s a team effort. It is important to note that educational loans are considered a form of student aid. In fact, most Penn State students and their parents rely heavily on federal student loans to help finance their education. Reliance on educational loans as a primary source of financial aid is a common trend at colleges and universities across the country. Of all undergraduate students who apply for financial aid at Penn State, approximately 87 percent rely on loans for assistance, possibly in combination with other student aid programs. Additionally, federal, state, and University grants are available to eligible students from low-income families.

What help is available?

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All students are automatically considered for University-wide scholarships. At Penn State, 21 percent of undergraduates receive University scholarships, typically between $850 and $2,500 per academic year. Notification of scholarship awards is usually mailed separately from other student aid correspondence.

It will take planning, it may take sacrifice, but the quality educational experience offered at Penn State is within your reach. The bottom line is, it can work. Check out our Web site, psu.edu/studentaid for more information on student aid.

To cover costs, most Penn State students and their families use financial strategies that include family savings, tuition savings plans, student summer employment, and Penn State’s payment plan, in combination with student financial aid programs. For STEPHANIE LACAPRA, an Advertisng/ Public Relations major from Lorton, Virginia, starting early and establishing a relationship with Penn State’s Office of Student Aid were important steps in her planning.

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One in every 115 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate.

Pop Quiz You’re traveling on a train that is going sixty miles an hour and two friends come up to you and ask, “Why do you want to go to Penn State?” A. Because a degree from Penn

State is highly regarded around the world. B. Because I look divine

in blue and white. C. Because I want to go to a

Big Ten university close to home. D. Because a Penn State edu-

cation is a valuable investment with long-term benefits. E. All of the above.

If you answered “E,” you’re on the right track. Students want to go to Penn State for hundreds of different reasons, but the number one reason is simply this—it’s a high-quality education that’s an investment in your future.

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PARENTS’ PERSPECTIVE As the parents of two Penn Staters, ROBERT AND CAROLYN DONALDSON started planning in earnest four years before their first daughter entered Penn State. “We really developed our strategy when the girls were in junior high school,” Robert said. “We were in touch with advisers who suggested that we research the Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program (TAP) as a possible funding tool. For us, TAP turned out to be an integral piece of the financing of our daughters’ education. “Our girls decided on Penn State from very different perspectives. They both concluded, however, that they would obtain a great education with the national— and international—reputation that is Penn State’s; have the kind of academic flexibility to allow for exploration into other

areas of interest; be immersed in a diverse environment providing valuable exposure to different points of view to better prepare them for the world after Penn State; and have opportunities to get involved in a broad range of activities outside the classroom. It was definitely a family decision. We all came to the same conclusion that Penn State was the best choice. “My advice to other families is to develop a game plan for financing college as early as possible. In terms of college selection, take advantage of a Penn State campus visit to assist in your evaluation of the total end product and value of a Penn State education. It’s not just a college education; it’s preparation for life.”

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To be considered for student aid, all prospective Penn State students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web at fafsa.ed.gov. We strongly advise you to have the FAFSA submitted as soon after January 1 as possible, and no later than February 15, for maximum consideration for all student aid programs.


? > WHEN

SHOULD I APPLY FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID?

We encourage you to complete the FAFSA on the Web by February 15 of your senior year. You may still submit the FAFSA after that date. Students who apply by February 15 will be notified of their student financial aid in mid- to late March. All students and their families are encouraged to complete their federal income tax return before submitting

the FAFSA, if possible. Penn State provides an Early Aid Estimate for families of first-year students who want to know what type of student aid they would receive. Information on the Early Aid Estimate, which is available to students with an offer of admission to Penn State, is available at psu.edu/studentaid/ costs/earlyaid.shtml.

? > WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO HEAR ABOUT MY STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE? You should receive your student aid notification from Penn State in March if you submitted the FAFSA on the Web by February 15.

? > WHAT FORM DO I NEED TO FILL OUT TO APPLY FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID? You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available on the Web at fafsa.ed.gov (starting January 1). If you do not have access to the World Wide Web, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-4-Fed-Aid to request a paper FAFSA.

? > DO YOU RECOMMEND COMPLETING THE FAFSA ON THE WEB? Yes, Penn State’s Office of Student Aid strongly recommends that you submit your FAFSA on the Web. It’s convenient and cuts down on errors, and your information reaches Penn State two to three weeks faster than the paper FAFSA.

? > HOW MANY PENN STATE STUDENTS RECEIVE AID?

See pages 44–47 for more information about financial aid or visit us at psu.edu/studentaid.

About 75 percent of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.

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>Penn State Majors THIS LIST OF PENN STATE MAJORS IS ORGANIZED BY FAMILIAR AREAS OF STUDY to help you locate majors in your area of interest. Unless otherwise noted, programs without a campus listed in parentheses can be started at any campus and typically completed (final two years) at University Park. Unless otherwise noted, programs with a campus listed in parentheses can be started at any campus and typically completed at the campus(es) listed in parentheses. Some majors are listed under multiple academic interest areas.

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Baccalaureate Degree (Four-Year) Majors Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agribusiness Management Agricultural and Extension Education

(Harrisburg)

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Agricultural Science Agricultural Systems Management

Environmental Soil Science

Toxicology

Agroecology

Environmental Studies (Altoona)

Turfgrass Science

Animal Sciences

Environmental Systems Engineering

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Food Science

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Forest Science

Wood Products

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Contracting

Community, Environment, and Development

Architectural Engineering

Art (Abington)

Intergrative Arts

Art [started and completed

Integrative Arts

only at University Park]

Art, bachelor of fine arts [started and completed only at University Park]

Art Education [started and completed only at University Park]

Art History

Landscape Contracting

[started and completed only at University Park]

Architecture [started and completed only at University Park]

Arts: Visual and Performing

Horticulture

Environmental Resource Management

Biological Engineering

Architecture and Environmental Design

Environmental Engineering

(Abington, Altoona,)

Interdisciplinary Digital Studio Music [started and completed only at University Park]

Musical Arts [started and completed only at University Park]

Musical Theatre [started and completed only at University Park]

Theatre Theatre (Berks)

Music Education [started and com-

Theatre, bachelor of fine arts

pleted only at University Park]

[started and completed only at University Park]

Music and Integrated Programs [started and completed only at University Park]

Graphic Design [started and com-

Visual Art Studies (Altoona)

pleted only at University Park]

Biological (Life) Sciences

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Food Science

Premedicine

Forensic Science

Science

Bioengineering

Science (Abington, Altoona, Behrend,

Biological Anthropology

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Biological Engineering

Microbiology

Toxicology

Biology

Nutritional Sciences

Biology (Abington, Altoona, Behrend)

Premedical-Medical

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

[started only at University Park]

Biotechnology

Business

Accounting

Economics

Accounting (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Economics (Behrend)

Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Actuarial Science

Energy Business and Finance

Management

Agribusiness Management

Finance

Management (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Business (Abington, Altoona, Beaver,

Finance (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Management Information Systems

Golf Management [started and com-

Management Information Systems

Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York, World Campus)

Business Economics (Behrend)

Communications

Berks, Harrisburg, York)

pleted only at University Park]

(Behrend)

Health Policy and Administration

Marketing

Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management

Marketing (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Information Systems (Harrisburg)

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (Behrend)

Telecommunications

Business, International (Behrend)

Advertising/Public Relations

Communications (Altoona, Beaver,

Journalism

Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, New Kensington)

Communication (Behrend) Communication Arts and Sciences Communication Arts and Sciences (Berks, Brandywine, York)

Corporate Communication (Abington)

Film-Video

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Media Studies Telecommunications Writing, Creative (Behrend) Writing, Professional (Berks)


Computer and Information Systems

Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (Behrend)

Information Sciences and Technology (Abington, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York, World Campus)

Computer Science Computer Science (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Education

Security and Risk Analysis (Altoona, Berks, Harrisburg)

Software Engineering (Behrend)

Agricultural and Extension Education

Elementary and Kindergarten Education (Altoona, Berks,

Secondary Education

ed only at University Park]

Education and Public Policy Elementary Education (Harrisburg) Elementary and Kindergarten Education

Lehigh Valley)

Aerospace Engineering

Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings (Brandywine)

Music Education [started and completed only at University Park]

Rehabilitation and Human Services Secondary Education

Electrical Engineering (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Bioengineering

Energy Engineering

Biological Engineering

Engineering Science

Chemical Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering

(multiple options; Abington, Behrend)

Secondary Education, Social Studies (Harrisburg) Special Education Workforce Education and Development World Languages (K–12) Education (multiple options)

(multiple options)

Architectural Engineering

(Harrisburg)

Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Mining Engineering Nuclear Engineering

Civil Engineering (Harrisburg)

Environmental Systems Engineering

Computer Engineering

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Computer Engineering (Behrend)

Software Engineering (Behrend)

Industrial Health and Safety

Electrical Engineering

Surveying Engineering

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (Behrend)

Agricultural Systems Management

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (Altoona, Berks, New

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology [started and completed only at Behrend]

Kensington, York)

Mechanical Engineering Technology [started and completed only at Behrend]

Electrical Engineering Technology (Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre)

Health Professions, Allied Health Services, and Recreational Services

(Behrend)

Security and Risk Analysis

Information Systems (Harrisburg)

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education

Engineering Technologies

Management Information Systems

Information Sciences and Technology

Art Education [started and complet-

Engineering

Management Information Systems

(Wilkes-Barre)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (Harrisburg) Plastics Engineering Technology [started and completed only at Behrend]

Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (Harrisburg)

Biobehavioral Health

Industrial Health and Safety

Nutritional Sciences

Biotechnology

Kinesiology

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kinesiology (Berks,) Nursing

Physical Therapy, Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Doctorate

Golf Management

Nursing—for RNs only

[started and completed only at University Park]

Nursing—for RNs only (Altoona, Behrend, Fayette, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Worthington Scranton, World Campus)

Health Policy and Administration Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management

[started only at Abington]

Premedical–Medical, Accelerated [started only at University Park]

Premedicine Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management Rehabilitation and Human Services

Humanities and Language

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Mont Alto, Wilkes-Barre, York)

Japanese Medieval Studies

Communication Arts and Sciences

French and Francophone Studies

Philosophy

Communication Arts and Sciences

German

Religious Studies

History

Comparative Literature

Russian

History (Abington, Altoona, Behrend)

English

Russian Translation

Humanities, Interdisciplinary

Spanish

(Berks, Brandywine, York)

English (Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Brandywine, Fayette, Harrisburg,

(Harrisburg, Schuylkill)

Italian

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Writing, Creative (Behrend) Writing, Professional (Berks)


Interdisciplinary Studies

African and African American Studies

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (Behrend)

American Studies (Abington,

Jewish Studies

Berks, Brandywine, Harrisburg, Worthington Scranton, York)

Business, Liberal Arts, and Science (Behrend) Earth Sciences

Latin American Studies Law and Society (World Campus) Letters, Arts, and Sciences Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mont Alto, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York, World Campus)

Earth Sciences (DuBois) East Asian Studies General Arts and Sciences (Behrend)

Global Studies (Berks)

Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Social Sciences

Organizational Leadership (For adult learners only) [started and completed only at University Park]

Organizational Leadership (For adult learners only at Abington, Altoona, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, WilkesBarre, Worthington Scranton, World Campus)

Women’s Studies

Actuarial Science

Geography

Physics (Behrend)

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Geosciences

Science

Chemistry

Mathematical Sciences (Harrisburg)

Science (Abington, Altoona,

Chemistry (Behrend)

Mathematics

Behrend, Berks, Harrisburg, York)

Earth Sciences

Mathematics (Altoona, Behrend)

Science B.S./M.B.A.

Earth Sciences (DuBois)

Meteorology

Statistics

Energy Business and Finance

Mineral Economics

Geobiology

Physics

Administration of Justice

Human Development and Family Studies

Psychological and Social Sciences

Human Development and Family Studies (Altoona, Brandywine,

Psychology

(Abington, Fayette, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre)

Anthropology

DuBois, Fayette, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, Shenango, Worthington Scranton, York)

Archaeological Science Behavioral Science, Applied (Harrisburg)

Biological Anthropology

International Politics

(Abington)

Psychology (Altoona, Behrend, Harrisburg, Schuylkill, World Campus)

Psychology, Applied (Beaver, Berks, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington)

Crime, Law, and Justice

Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Criminal Justice (Altoona,

Public Policy (Harrisburg)

Law and Society (World Campus)

Sociology

Political Science

Sociology (Harrisburg)

Harrisburg, World Campus)

Economics Economics (Behrend)

Political Science (Behrend, Harrisburg)

Geography

Undecided/ Exploratory

Division of Undergraduate Studies (An enrollment and advising unit for undecided students who prefer to explore several academic programs before choosing a major.)

Associate Degree (Two-Year) Majors ASSOCIATE DEGREE

Agricultural Business

MAJORS ARE CAMPUS SPECIFIC. CONTACT

Biomedical Engineering Technology

YOUR CAMPUS OF

Human Development and Family Studies

Nursing Physical Therapist Assistant

Building Engineering Technology

Information Sciences and Technology

CHOICE FOR DEGREE

Business Administration

Letters, Arts, and Sciences

OPTIONS.

Business, General

Materials Engineering Technology

Criminal Justice

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology Forest Technology Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management

Medical Laboratory Technology Mining Technology Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology

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Occupational Therapy Plastics Engineering Technology Radiological Sciences Science Surveying Technology Wildlife Technology


>Academic Paths WHEN YOU CHOOSE A PROGRAM OF STUDY, you are enrolled in one of Penn State’s academic colleges. The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) allows students who are undecided about a major to explore several academic areas before selecting their program of study. Our extensive advising resources can help you plan a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate (four-year) or associate (two-year) degree—and to chart a course to achieve your career goals. The academic colleges highlighted below offer degrees that are typically completed at the University Park campus. In addition, Penn State offers more than sixty degrees that may be conferred by our other campuses. See pages 32–43 for more information about specific program availability by campus.

College of Agricultural Sciences cas.psu.edu

Smeal College of Business smeal.psu.edu

College of Communications comm.psu.edu

814-865-7521

814-863-1947

814-865-1503

>1,850 undergraduate students >470 graduate students >240 faculty >20 majors >24 minors >3 associate degree programs

>5,492 undergraduate students >339 graduate students >119 faculty >10 majors >8 minors

>2,898 undergraduate students >79 graduate students >75 faculty >5 majors >3 minors

Smeal College’s curriculum reflects the current demands of business and translates into internship and career opportunities at the world’s top companies. Many Smeal students get involved outside of the classroom with one of our thirty-two student organizations. Two premier opportunities include the Nittany Lion Fund, which gives students the opportunity to manage millions of dollars like Wall Street professionals, and the annual Next CEO competition, which allows students to step into the shoes of top corporate leaders. Smeal students study abroad in more than eighty programs to enhance their understanding of global business issues and earn a minor in International Business. The home of Smeal College is the Business Building, ranked by Princeton Review as the best business school facility in the country.

Penn State’s College of Communications is the largest accredited communications program in the country and one of only eight in the Northeast accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In the past five years, fifteen Pulitzer Prize winners have visited campus for events and a lecture series conducted by the college. The College of Communications is also home to a variety of undergraduate centers, such as the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment, and Media Effects Research Laboratory.

Penn State offers the only comprehensive educational program in agricultural sciences in Pennsylvania. College of Agricultural Sciences graduates gain employment in the food, agricultural, and natural resource system, which is projected to have more than 52,000 annual job openings between 2005 and 2010. Students enjoy the small-college environment and personal approach to student services, career guidance, and academic advising. The college has one of the largest academic scholarship programs in the University, awarding more than $1.8 million to more than 700 students in 2008–09.

College of Arts and Architecture artsandarchitecture.psu.edu

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences ems.psu.edu

814-865-9523

814-863-2751

>1,540 undergraduate students >220 graduate students >215 faculty >13 majors >8 minors

>911 undergraduate students >429 graduate students >231 faculty >13 majors >16 minors

Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of professional practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines. The college has specialized studios, rehearsal spaces, and classrooms to support the design, visual, and performing arts. The college, which includes the Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, and the Palmer Art Museum, serves as a major cultural center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

As part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Center for Advanced Undergraduate Studies and Experience, students have traveled to New Zealand to study natural disasters, Egypt and Greece to see the intersection of geology and archaeology, Colorado and California to explore new energy choices, the Florida Keys to examine coral reefs, Appalachia to study poverty, and England to uncover the roots of the Industrial Revolution.

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College of Education ed.psu.edu 814-865-0488

>1,941 undergraduate students >773 graduate students >184 faculty >7 majors >3 minors Penn State has one of the largest teacherpreparation programs of all Big Ten universities, primarily based in the College of Education. The college also has options that help graduates prepare to be educational administrators, counselors and therapists, educational and school psychologists, policy analysts and researchers, and rehabilitation counselors.

College of Health and Human Development hhdev.psu.edu

>4,890 undergraduate students >414 graduate students >276 faculty >8 majors >8 minors >3 associate degree programs The College of Health and Human Development was the first in the country to take an integrated approach to the health, development, and well-being of individuals, families, and their communities. Committed to improving the quality of life, our worldclass faculty offer highly ranked educational programs to our students and produce research that will positively affect our lives today and in the future.

ist.psu.edu 814-865-8947/866-255-8707

engr.psu.edu 814-863-3064

>8,079 undergraduate students >1,720 graduate students >362 faculty >15 majors >12 minors >6 associate degree programs The College of Engineering caters to a wide variety of student interests and 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. Engineering graduates leave Penn State well on their way to becoming worldclass engineers.

Please note: This data reflects the numbers once students are in a major at University Park.

hhdev.psu.edu/nurs 814-863-0245

814-865-2156

College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

College of Engineering

School of Nursing

>957 undergraduate students >98 graduate students >44 faculty >2 majors >14 minors >1 associate degree program A degree in Information Sciences and Technology opens opportunities in many fields. Demand is high for professionals who know computer hardware and software along with effective communication, teamwork, and leadership. IST helps you become the problem solver who connects the creators and users of information technology.

College of the Liberal Arts la.psu.edu 814-865-2545

>4,987 undergraduate students >800 graduate students >535 faculty >35 majors >45 minors >1 associate degree program The College of the Liberal Arts has more than 440 full-time teacher-scholars, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, a National Book Award nominee, a Royal Society member, and numerous holders of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

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>1,434 undergraduate students >75 graduate students >80 faculty >2 majors >1 associate degree program The School of Nursing is the largest preparer of registered nurses in the Commonweath of Pennsylvania. The associate degree program helps students prepare for entry-level employment in a variety of acute and long-term care settings. The baccalaureate program has two options for study: the bachelor of science, for students who are entering the four-year program for an initial professional degree, and the R.N. to B.S., for registered nurses who wish to complete a B.S. degree. The school is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, and the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Eberly College of Science science.psu.edu 814-865-2609

>2,970 undergraduate students >731 graduate students >404 faculty >13 majors >10 minors The broad range of studies and experiences offered by the Eberly College of Science will help you prepare to make discoveries that will change your world. From on-campus undergraduate research with distinguished faculty to science career and international education programs, the college provides a variety of opportunities for you to personalize your education and make it part of the real world.

Division of Undergraduate Studies psu.edu/dus 814-865-7576

>7,200 undergraduate students The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) is Penn State’s enrollment program for students who want to explore the University’s academic opportunities before deciding on a field of study.


>Penn State’s Campuses BY NOW YOU PROBABLY KNOW THAT PENN STATE ISN’T A SINGLE PLACE. Our multicampus system has twenty undergraduate locations throughout Pennsylvania. All of Penn State’s undergraduate campuses offer the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Students can then transition to University Park or another campus to finish their degree (2+2 plan). In addition, some campuses also offer complete baccalaureate and associate degrees. In the following pages, we offer a snapshot of each of our campuses. Contact the campuses you are interested in for more information.

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>Campuses 20 undergraduate campuses across the state of Pennsylvania No matter where you start, you graduate with a Penn State degree

>Student demographics 82 percent of Penn State’s undergraduate students are from Pennsylvania 54 percent of the student body is male; 46 percent is female Student body represents 50 states and more than 130 countries 13 percent of students are persons of color

Penn State University Park

>Number of faculty 5,783 full-time faculty

psu.edu

>Number of students

>44,112 students >6,124 graduate students >7,232 first-year students >College town setting in State College, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 814-865-5471, or

92,613 students University-wide (undergraduate and graduate)

>First-year admission (2008)

admissions.psu.edu

15,146 first-year baccalaureate students at all Penn State campuses

>E-mail available on our Web site Housing Approximately 13,000 students live on campus. Six residence hall areas offer traditional, dormitory-style living. On-campus housing is guaranteed and mandatory for first-year students.

>Transfer admission (2008) More than 2,100 students transferred to Penn State from colleges and universities outside of the Penn State system.

Location In the center of Pennsylvania in the town of State College, south of I-80, on Routes 26 and 322 (just over four hours from

>Academic programs Penn State University has more than 160 baccalaureate degree majors and more than 20 associate degree majors.

New York City; about four hours from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia; three hours from Pittsburgh) Academic Programs Penn State University Park offers the full four years of more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs (see pages 26 through 29).

>Sports Each campus offers a variety of varsity, club, and intramural sports.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK offers a wide range of choices for academics, activities, and recreation in the classic college town of State College. More than 700 clubs and organizations provide ample opportunities for students to expand on their Penn State education while developing leadership skills.

>Student clubs and organizations Penn State offers a unique array of clubs and organizations at each campus.

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Penn State Abington abington.psu.edu >3,394 students >Average class size: 24 >Suburban setting near Philadelphia >Campus Visits: 215-881-7351 >Campus Information: 215-881-7600 >abingtonadmissions@psu.edu Housing Privately owned, apartment-style housing available near campus Location About fifteen miles from downtown Philadelphia; easily accessible by car, public transportation, and the campus shuttle Academic Programs Penn State Abington offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Abington: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Accelerated Bachelor/ Doctor of Physical Therapy Administration of Justice American Studies Art

Biology Business Corporate Communication English History Information Sciences and Technology Integrative Arts Letters, Arts, and Sciences Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychological and Social Sciences Science Secondary Education

Penn State Altoona

Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Letters, Arts, and Sciences

altoona.psu.edu >4,013 students >Average class size: 31 >Suburban setting >Visits, Information: 814-949-5466; 800-848-9843 >aaadmit@psu.edu

*First year only

Housing University-operated housing for 900 students; privately owned off-campus housing within walking distance of campus

PENN STATE ABINGTON provides all the personal attention of a small suburban campus, along with the opportunities of a major university.

Location Altoona, Pennsylvania; two hours from Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, about four and a half hours from Philadelphia, and forty-five minutes from the University Park campus Academic Programs Penn State Altoona offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Altoona: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Biology Business Communications Criminal Justice Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Elementary and Kindergarten Education English Environmental Studies History

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Human Development and Family Studies Integrative Arts Letters, Arts, and Sciences Mathematics Nursing Nursing (a fully accredited fouryear program for applicants who hold an RN license) Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychology Science Security and Risk Analysis Visual Art Studies Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology* Business Administration Criminal Justice Electrical Engineering Technology Human Development and Family Studies Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mechanical Engineering Technology Nursing Science *First year only


Penn State Beaver beaver.psu.edu >845 students >Average class size: 24 >Suburban setting in Monaca, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 877-JOIN-PSU (564-6778); 724-773-3800

>Fax: 724-773-3658 >br-admissions@psu.edu Housing University-operated housing available for 208 students, as well as privately owned, off-campus housing Location Twelve miles west of Pittsburgh International Airport; easily accessible by car and public transportation Academic Programs Penn State Beaver offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Beaver:

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Communications Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Psychology, Applied Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Science

Penn State Berks berks.psu.edu

*First year only

>2,800 students >Average class size: 24 >Suburban setting near Reading, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 610-396-6060 >berksadmissions@psu.edu Housing University-operated housing for 806 students, as well as privately owned off-campus housing in the area

PENN STATE BEAVER students have the resources of both a major research university and an exciting metropolitan city at their fingertips. The vibrant 90-acre campus offers leadership, social, and athletic opportunities.

Location The Reading/Berks County area; one hour from Philadelphia and Harrisburg Academic Programs In addition to the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs, Penn State Berks has special offerings in Agricultural Sciences. Students can take specialized first- and secondyear agriculture courses and get hands-on experience at a 110acre farm and two greenhouses. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Berks: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs American Studies Business Communication Arts and Sciences Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Elementary and Kindergarten Education

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Global Studies Information Sciences and Technology Kinesiology Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychology, Applied Science Security and Risk Analysis Theatre Writing, Professional Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business† Biomedical Engineering Technology* Business Administration Electrical Engineering Technology Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mechanical Engineering Technology Occupational Therapy *First year only †

Some options may be completed at Penn State Berks


Penn State Brandywine bw.psu.edu >1,615 students >Average class size: 24 >Suburban setting near Media, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 610-892-1200 >bwadmissions@psu.edu Housing Privately owned housing available near campus Location Twenty miles west of Philadelphia; four miles west of Media; easily accessible by car and public transportation; free parking Academic Programs Penn State Brandywine offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Brandywine:

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs American Studies Business Communication Arts and Sciences Communications Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings English Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Organizational Leadership (for adults)

Penn State DuBois dubois.psu.edu

Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Human Development and Family Studies Letters, Arts, and Sciences

>963 students >Average class size: 24 >Rural, small-town setting in DuBois, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 814-375-4720; 800-346-ROAR (7627) >duboisinfo@psu.edu

*First year only

Housing Privately owned housing available near campus, including a complex that accommodates approximately sixty students

PENN STATE BRANDYWINE faculty and staff engage students to form unique relationships. This leads to a college experience with personal attention, an active campus community, and a world-class education.

Location The town of DuBois, between Exits 97 and 101 of Interstate 80; about seventy-five minutes from the University Park campus Academic Programs Penn State DuBois offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State DuBois: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Earth Sciences Human Development and Family Studies

Letters, Arts, and Sciences Organizational Leadership (for adults) Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology* Business Administration Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology Occupational Therapy Physical Therapist Assistant Science Wildlife Technology *First year only

THROUGH A WIDE RANGE of research projects, leadership opportunities, and clubs and organizations, students at Penn State DuBois are encouraged to be creative with their programs of study.

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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College behrend.psu.edu >4,334 students >Average class size: 26 >Suburban setting >Visits, Information: 866-374-3378; 814-898-6100 >behrend.admissions@psu.edu Housing Residence halls for 1,642 students; privately owned housing near campus Location Near Erie, Pennsylvania, I-79, and I-90; two hours from Pittsburgh and ninety minutes from Cleveland and Buffalo Academic Programs Penn State Erie offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. The following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Erie: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Accounting Biology Business Economics Business, International Business, Liberal Arts, and Science Chemistry Communication Computer Engineering Computer Science Creative Writing Economics Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Electrical Engineering English Finance

General Arts and Sciences History Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies Management Management Information Systems Marketing Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technology Nursing Physics Plastics Engineering Technology Political Science Psychology Science Secondary Education (Mathematics Teaching option) Software Engineering

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus www.fe.psu.edu >1,099 students >Average class size: 24 >Rural setting near Uniontown, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 724-430-4130; 877-568-4130 >feadm@psu.edu

Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology* Electrical Engineering Technology General Business Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mechanical Engineering Technology Nursing Plastics Engineering Technology

Housing Privately owned housing available close to campus Location Conveniently located between Connellsville and Uniontown on Route 119; about one hour from Pittsburgh and thirty minutes from Morgantown, West Virginia

*First year only

Academic Programs Penn State Fayette offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Fayette: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Administration of Justice Business English Human Development and Family Studies Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nursing (fully accredited program for applicants who hold an RN license) Organizational Leadership (for adults)

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Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology* Building Engineering Technology Business Administration Electrical Engineering Technology Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mining Technology Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Nursing Science *First year only


Penn State Harrisburg hbg.psu.edu >3,936 students >Average class size: 21 >Suburban setting >Visits, Information: 717-948-6250, 800-222-2056 >Fax: 717-948-6325 >hbgadmit@psu.edu Housing University-owned housing for 328 students. Privately owned housing available close to campus. Location Near Harrisburg in Middletown, Pennsylvania; about two hours from Philadelphia and four hours from Pittsburgh Academic Programs Penn State Harrisburg offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate majors. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Harrisburg:

Penn State Greater Allegheny ga.psu.edu

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Accounting American Studies Behavioral Science, Applied Civil Engineering Communications Computer Science Criminal Justice Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering Technology Elementary Education English

>767 students >Average class size: 18 >Suburban setting near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 412-675-9010; 800-248-LION (5466; in PA)

>psuga@psu.edu Housing University housing for 209 students with free Internet hookups and television cable in each room Location Located fifteen miles southeast of Pittsburgh; twenty-five minutes off Exits 57 or 67 of the PA Turnpike; four hours from Baltimore, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; or Washington, D.C. Academic Programs Penn State Greater Allegheny offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Greater Allegheny:

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Communications Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychology, Applied Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Science *First year only

PENN STATE GREATER ALLEGHENY combines the excitement of a metropolitan area with a quality Penn State education. The wireless student community center is a hot spot for the diverse student body to sip some coffee while working online, meeting friends for lunch, or studying in small groups.

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Environmental Engineering Finance Humanities, Interdisciplinary Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Information Systems Interdisciplinary Humanities Letters, Arts, and Sciences Management Marketing Mathematical Sciences Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technology Nursing (fully accredited program for applicants who hold an RN license) Political Science Psychology Public Policy Science Secondary Education, Social Studies Security and Risk Analysis Sociology Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology Associate (Two-Year) Programs Business Administration Letters, Arts, and Sciences


Penn State Lehigh Valley lv.psu.edu >816 students >Average class size: 22 >Suburban setting near Allentown, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 610-285-5035 >Fax: 610-285-5220 >admissions-lv@psu.edu Housing Apartments and privately owned housing within driving distance to the campus Location Near Allentown; sixty minutes from Philadelphia and ninety minutes from New York City Academic Programs Penn State Lehigh Valley offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Lehigh Valley:

Penn State Hazleton hazleton.psu.edu >1,228 students >Average class size: 25 >Suburban setting >Visits, Information: 570-450-3142; 800-279-8495 >admissions-hn@psu.edu Housing University-operated on-campus housing for 485 students as well as privately owned off-campus housing Location Conveniently located off Interstates 80 and 81; twenty minutes from the activity-filled Pocono Mountains and two hours from New York City, Philadelphia, and the University Park campus Academic Programs Penn State Hazleton offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Hazleton: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Information Sciences and Technology

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Elementary and Kindergarten Education Information Sciences and Technology Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychology, Applied Associate (Two-Year) Programs Business Administration Letters, Arts, and Sciences

ONE OF THE OLDEST Penn State campuses, Penn State Lehigh Valley combines a history of tradition with its state-of-the-art campus facilities. Athletic competition is offered at the NCAA Division III level. The Penn State Cycling Team, based at Lehigh Valley, won the 2004 national championship.

Letters, Arts, and Sciences Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychology, Applied Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology* Business Administration Electrical Engineering Technology Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mechanical Engineering Technology Medical Laboratory Technology Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Physical Therapist Assistant *First year only

FACULTY AT PENN STATE HAZLETON WELCOME the opportunity to work on research projects with first-year students, while a wide array of activities on campus are planned to support current interests and develop leadership skills.

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Penn State Mont Alto ma.psu.edu >1,189 students >Average class size: 17 >Rural setting >Visits, Information: 717-749-6130; 800-392-6173 >psuma@psu.edu Housing University housing available for 438 students Location Between Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, off Interstate 81, about ninety minutes from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and one hour from Harrisburg Academic Programs Penn State Mont Alto offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Mont Alto: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business English

Human Development and Family Studies Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nursing (fully accredited program for applicants who hold an RN license) Organizational Leadership (for adults) Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Forest Technology Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nursing Occupational Therapy Physical Therapist Assistant

Penn State New Kensington nk.psu.edu >876 students >Average class size: 25 >Suburban setting near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 724-334-LION (5466);

*First year only

888-968-PAWS (7297)

>nkadmissions@psu.edu THE CAMPUS was founded in 1903 as the first public forestry school in the nation. Today, nestled next to a beautiful state forest, Penn State Mont Alto provides a unique college experience for students with a variety of interests and majors.

Housing Privately owned housing available at the Nittany Highlands Apartments, located adjacent to campus Location Conveniently located on Route 780 in Upper Burrell Township, within easy commuting distance from almost anywhere in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties Academic Programs Penn State New Kensington offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State New Kensington:

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Communications Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Information Sciences and Technology Nursing (fully accredited program for applicants who hold an RN license) Organizational Leadership (for adults) Psychology, Applied Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology Business Administration Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mechanical Engineering Technology Radiological Sciences Science *First year only

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Penn State Schuylkill sl.psu.edu >1,032 students >Average class size: 19 >Small-town setting in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 570-385-6252 >sl-admission@psu.edu Housing University-operated housing provided for 260 students, as well as privately owned off-campus housing Location Near Pottsville; about one and a half hours from Philadelphia and two and a half hours from New York City Academic Programs Penn State Schuylkill offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Schuylkill:

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Administration of Justice Business Information Sciences and Technology Psychology Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Medical Laboratory Technology* Radiological Sciences

Penn State Shenango shenango.psu.edu

*First year only

>836 students >Average class size: 17 >Urban setting in Sharon, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 724-983-2803 >psushenango@psu.edu

PENN STATE SCHUYLKILL provides a welcoming environment for a diverse student population. With easy access to Philadelphia and New York City, students love the combination of Penn State Schuylkill’s small-college feel and accessibility to metropolitan areas.

Housing Privately owned housing available in the Sharon area Location In the city of Sharon; about one and a half hours from Pittsburgh and Erie Academic Programs Penn State Shenango offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Shenango: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Business Human Development and Family Studies Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nursing (fully accredited program for applicants who hold an RN license) Organizational Leadership (for adults)

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Associate (Two-Year) Programs: Agricultural Business* Business Administration Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Science *First year only


Penn State Worthington Scranton worthingtonscranton.psu.edu >1,379 students >Average class size: 23 >Suburban setting in Dunmore, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 570-963-2500 >wsadmissions@psu.edu Housing Privately owned housing located in the community Location Located off Interstate 81, near Interstates 380 and 84; about two and a half hours from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City Academic Programs Penn State Worthington Scranton offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Worthington Scranton:

Penn State Wilkes-Barre wb.psu.edu >684 students >Average class size: 17 >Rural setting in Lehman, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 570-675-9238 >wbadmissions@psu.edu Housing Privately owned housing located adjacent to campus Location In the town of Lehman, off Interstate 81, eleven miles west of Wilkes-Barre; about two hours from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City Academic Programs Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Wilkes-Barre: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs Administration of Justice Business Electrical Engineering Technology English

Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Programs American Studies Business

Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Organizational Leadership (for adults) Surveying Engineering (only Penn State campus to offer this four-year program, also offered as a concurrent degree with Civil Engineering. Contact the campus for more information.)

Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nursing (fully accredited program for applicants who hold an RN license) Organizational Leadership (for adults) Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Building Engineering Technology Business Administration Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Nursing *First year only

AT PENN STATE WORTHINGTON SCRANTON, you will find recent high school graduates, adult learners, and professionals taking advantage of certificate and career-development programs—all pursuing their goals.

Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Business Administration Electrical Engineering Technology Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Surveying Technology *First year only

AS ONE OF PENN STATE’S technology centers, Wilkes-Barre offers a variety of educational opportunities in a number of technical fields to complement the wide range of student life activities on campus.

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Other Locations FOR THOSE SEEKING ALTERNATIVE LEARNING OPTIONS, Penn State’s online World Campus and our educational affiliate, the Pennsylvania College of Technology, offer many additional learning choices for students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.

Pennsylvania College of Technology >pct.edu >More than 6,600 students >Suburban setting in Williamsport, Pennsylvania >Visits, Information: 570-327-4761; 800-367-9222 >Admissions@pct.edu As a special-mission affiliate of Penn State, Pennsylvania College of Technology has grown to become Pennsylvania’s premier technical college. More than 6,600 students are currently enrolled in bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and certificate programs, including majors such as Business Administration, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Information Technology, and Nursing. Pennsylvania College of Technology combines hands-on experience—utilizing industry-standard equipment in classrooms and laboratories—with theory, in order to support practical knowledge and encourage advances in each field. These factors contribute to Penn College’s excellent graduate placement rate: 90 percent of students find a job within a year of graduation.

Penn State York yk.psu.edu >1,587 students >Average class size: 23 >Suburban setting >Visits, Information: 717-771-4040; 800-PSU-6227 (778-6227) >ykadmission@psu.edu Housing Privately owned housing located close to campus Location Located in York in south-central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg; one hour from Baltimore Academic Programs Penn State York offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate programs. Furthermore, the following degrees can be completed in their entirety at Penn State York: Baccalaureate (Four-Year) Program American Studies Business Communication Arts and Sciences Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology English

Admission and administration policies, including tuition and fees, are set by Penn College and may differ from those of Penn State. For more information and an application, contact the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Science

World Campus >worldcampus.psu.edu >5,009 students >Information: 814-865-5403; 800-252-3592 >psuwd@psu.edu

Associate (Two-Year) Programs Agricultural Business* Biomedical Engineering Technology* Business Administration Electrical Engineering Technology Human Development and Family Studies Information Sciences and Technology Letters, Arts, and Sciences Materials Engineering Technology* Mechanical Engineering Technology Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology

Penn State’s online World Campus provides access to some of the University’s signature academic programs, anytime, anywhere, through the World Wide Web. Any working adult learner or Penn State student can take advantage of this convenient way to earn credits, or a degree, from home. Many World Campus courses are primarily technology-based and are offered either on a semester basis or anytime throughout the year. Through Penn State World Campus, students can also take advantage of more than 150 individual self-paced courses that can be taken for general interest or used to complete a degree or certificate program. Penn State’s World Campus also makes college-credit courses available to some high school students. High school seniors already accepted at Penn State may enroll in any World Campus credit course, provided they meet prerequisites for that course. For more information, contact Penn State’s World Campus.

*First year only

For more information about our campuses go to admissions.psu.edu.

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>Frequently Asked Questions

About academics How soon do I have to declare a major? Typically, as a first-year student, you will be admitted to an academic college rather than directly to a major. If you want to explore several majors in different areas of study, your best place to start is the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), where professional advisers can help you with your exploration. Whether you start in a college or DUS, you will be asked to declare a major at the end of your sophomore year. Transfer students who have completed two or more years of study are usually admitted directly into a major.

At which campus will I finish my degree? Where you choose to finish your degree depends on your major and the type of campus you prefer. Many students spend two years at one campus, and then relocate to another Penn State campus. However, if you wish to spend all four years at one campus, you have many from which to choose. (SEE PAGES 32 THROUGH 43 FOR INFORMATION ON DEGREE AVAILABILITY BY CAMPUS.)

Do Penn State’s campuses offer two-year associate degree programs? Yes. Penn State offers more than twenty different associate degree programs at various campuses. (TO FIND OUT WHAT PROGRAMS ARE OFFERED AT EACH CAMPUS, SEE PAGES 32 THROUGH 43.)

About student life Is housing guaranteed? For those Penn State campuses (other than University Park) that have residence halls, housing is typically on a first-come, first-served basis. First-year students at University Park are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing. Transfer students may request on-campus housing at any campus that offers housing, but are permitted to live off campus.

Can I have a car on campus? First-year students are permitted to have cars at all campuses except University Park.

What comes with my room? In addition to beds, desks, and dressers, residence hall rooms feature a number of conveniences. Each room is equipped with a telephone connection, and students are billed individually for long-distance calls. Television cable service, computer and Internet connections, and a microfridge (combined microwave/refrigerator/freezer) are also available in each room. Laundry facilities and a dining hall are located in each residence hall area.

Do I need to bring a computer? The University strongly recommends that you bring a computer, although this is not a requirement. All residence hall rooms offer connections to Penn State’s computer network (including e-mail and the Web). If you do not have a computer, there are computer

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Does Penn State have an honors program? Yes, and an exceptional one at that! Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College is available at all undergraduate campuses and for most majors. Admission to the Honors College is highly selective and requires an additional application process (available as part of the online application). Competitive applicants are at or near the top of their high school class in terms of grades and schedule strength and have demonstrated leadership through their extracurricular activites and interests. All entering first-year Schreyer Scholars receive Academic Excellence Scholarships—renewable four-year awards with a current value of $3,500 per year. Visit shc.psu.edu for more information.

labs available for student use. Lab hours vary, but some are open twenty-four hours. Through the University’s Microcomputer Order Center, a wide variety of software is available to students at a discount or for free.

What about sports? Penn State has a strong tradition of student athletics and a wide range of varsity and intramural sports available at every campus. Whatever your interest and ability level, chances are there’s a team for you. In addition, teams at Penn State University Park play Division I sports in the Big Ten Conference. Division III athletics are available at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State Erie, and Penn State Harrisburg.


About Penn State’s campuses

Will I need to stay at one campus all four years?

Will I be able to live in residence halls at the campus I choose?

Can I start as a first-year student at any Penn State campus?

In many cases, that’s up to you. Many students attend one campus for their first two years of study and then transition to another campus to finish their degree. Others remain at one campus throughout their Penn State experience. Either path allows you to take full advantage of all that Penn State has to offer, and you can choose a learning environment that meets your needs.

If living on campus is important to you, there are many Penn State campuses from which to choose. Other campuses have attractive off-campus options, including some with off-campus housing adjacent to campus. In addition, some students choose to save money by living at home for their first two years and commuting to campus. If you want to live in the residence halls of campuses other than University Park, it’s important to accept your offer of admission and contact the campus housing office as soon as possible. Residence hall space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Transfer students can request housing at any Penn State campus where housing is available.

First-year students can start at any of our twenty Penn State undergraduate campuses. As a first-year student at most Penn State campuses, you can begin study toward nearly all of Penn State’s undergraduate majors. You should know that admission to the University Park campus as a first-year student is more competitive than at other Penn State campuses. We recommend that you not limit yourself to one campus choice. Explore all of your Penn State options, and have both a first- and alternate-choice campus in mind.

Which campus is best for me? What you would like to study and the kind of learning environment you prefer can affect your choice of campus. While most campuses offer the first two years of study for nearly all of Penn State’s more than 160 baccalaureate majors, each campus has its own array of educational opportunities. There are other things to keep in mind, too: In what part of Pennsylvania would you like to live? What size campus do you find most comfortable? Do you want to live on or off campus? Are you interested in commuting? What extracurricular activities are you interested in joining? The best way to find out if a campus is right for you is to contact the campuses you are interested in and arrange a visit. Admissions representatives at each campus will be glad to show you around and answer your questions.

Do all campuses offer a variety of educational opportunities? Yes. Every Penn State campus offers opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, special seminars, and education abroad. In addition, students at all of Penn State’s campuses have access to the latest educational technology, including interactive computer-aided learning, and computerized classrooms. Qualified students may also be invited to apply to the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State’s prestigious honors program. In addition, each campus has its own honors program for qualified students.

About admission

Is Penn State’s application available on the Web?

What SAT/ACT score do I need to be admitted to Penn State?

Yes. Penn State makes its application available in two ways: on the Web and in a traditional paper format. The Web application is normally available for use earlier than the paper form (the 2010 Web application should be available in September 2009). We prefer that applicants use the Web application.

No minimum SAT/ACT score is key to admission to Penn State or to the University Park campus. (See page 46.)

Are the admission criteria different for out-of-state students? No. Penn State does not use geographic quotas or limitations for out-of-state students. Therefore, differentiated admission criteria are not necessary.

When should I apply? Penn State reviews applications throughout the year, but we strongly encourage you to apply by November 30 of your senior year for priority consideration.

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If I want to complete my degree at University Park after starting at another Penn State campus, what are the requirements? Typically, you may transition to University Park after completing your first two years of full-time study toward a baccalaureate degree as long as you are in good academic standing. In a typical year, this is the path taken by 60 percent of Penn State’s undergraduate students.

When can I expect a decision? If you apply by November 30, you can expect to receive a decision by January 31. Accordingly, students who apply after November 30 should expect a later decision.

When do I have to make a decision about attending? If you are offered admission, you normally have until May 1 to accept the offer. Penn State does not have an early decision program.


>Admission, Costs, and Student Financial Aid

Applying to Penn State

Estimating your eligibility

We strongly encourage first-year applicants to file a complete application by November 30 of your senior year in high school. Some programs and campuses fill quickly, so it is always beneficial to apply early.

Admission decisions for Penn State are based on a variety of factors that are all viewed in relation to each other. The most important factor, high school performance, accounts for approximately two-thirds of the admission decision. The remaining one-third is based on other factors, which may include standardized test scores (students taking the ACT are required to complete and submit the writing component), class rank, personal statements, and activities lists.

Penn State’s admission application is available online at admissions.psu.edu or in paper form. We prefer that applicants use the Web application, but to request a paper application, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 814-865-5471 or e-mail us by going to admissions.psu.edu. Your application to Penn State allows you to be evaluated for any of our campuses and programs. Entrance difficulty is based partly on demand. The University Park campus is the most competitive for admission to all programs.

The influence of standardized test scores on an admission decision varies according to a student’s major choice. For example, the math score is more important in an admission decision for a student who has selected a math- or science-intensive major, whereas the combined critical reading, math, and writing score has more influence on the decision for a student choosing a professional or liberal arts major.

High School GPA1

The optional personal statement and activity list are sometimes used to assist with the decisions for students whose applications require additional review. Because of the relationship among the previously noted factors, Penn State does not require a specific high school GPA or minimum standardized test scores. The ranges in the chart below represent the middle 50 percent of students offered admission for fall 2009. They are not cutoffs or averages. Placing in the upper end of both ranges increases the likelihood of being offered your first choice of campus and/ or major. Placing in the lower end of both ranges may require you to be more flexible in making your campus (and perhaps major) choices. This chart is intended to give you a general idea of your admissibility to Penn State. In no way does it represent a promise or guarantee of admission.

MIDDLE 50% RANGE

Penn State University Park

3.57–3.97

All other campuses

2.96–3.41

Combined SAT

MIDDLE 50% RANGE

Penn State University Park

1740–1980

All other campuses

1470–1710

Composite ACT2

MIDDLE 50% RANGE

Penn State University Park

26–30

All other campuses

20–25

1 High school GPA range is based on a 4.0 scale. 2Reading and math scores only; students taking the ACT are required to complete and submit the writing component.

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Penn State’s ESTIMATED Costs for First- and Second-Year Students for 2009–10 Penn State makes every effort to contain costs and has been recognized nationally for its cost efficiency. However, you can anticipate that costs will increase on an annual basis. To assist you with the planning for a Penn State education, we have projected ESTIMATED costs for the 2009–10 academic year. Please use these cost estimates for planning purposes only. They are based on the budget Penn State anticipates submitting to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 2009–10. Final tuition and fees will be determined by the Board of Trustees in July 2009, following approval of the University’s state appropriation by the Commonwealth.

Tuition and Fees

PA RESIDENTS

NON-PA RESIDENTS

Penn State University Park

$14,426

$26,020

Penn State Altoona

$12,850

$19,238

Penn State Berks

$12,850

$19,238

Penn State Erie

$12,850

$19,238

Penn State Harrisburg

$12,850

$19,238

All other campuses

$12,344

$18,420

ESTIMATED room and meal expenses

$8,300

$8,300

ESTIMATED expenses for books and supplies

$1,900

$1,900

Additional Costs Per Academic Year

ESTIMATED

travel and personal expenses

* $1,900–3,800

* $1,900–3,800 *Will vary for each student

Applying for student financial aid Each year, about 75 percent of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. The first step in being considered for assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. The FAFSA on the Web is available at fafsa.ed.gov starting January 1. To receive maximum consideration for student financial aid, including loans, grants, and work-study, complete the FAFSA on the Web by February 15. Although we encourage you to finalize your 2008 federal income tax return before submitting the FAFSA, you may use estimated tax information, if necessary. If you submit the FAFSA by February 15, you can expect to receive your Student Financial Aid Notification in mid-March. This notification reflects your eligibility for any grants, loans, and/or work-study. After midMarch, student aid is awarded on a rolling basis, upon receipt of the FAFSA.

All students are automatically considered for University-wide scholarships. Some academic colleges and the Schreyer Honors College require separate applications. Notification of scholarship awards is usually mailed separately from other student aid correspondence.

Payment The ESTIMATED costs in the chart cover a two-semester academic year. Students are billed for one semester at a time. Penn State does offer a payment plan to students and their families. Please access the Bursar’s office Web site at bursar.psu.edu for more information on the payment plan.

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>Varsity, Club, and Intramural Sports This chart presents the most popular varsity and intramural sports. In addition, most locations feature club sports, which may include activities not listed. For more information, contact the specific campus.

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m

Volleyball

Altoona

Tennis

w

Swimming/Diving

Softball

mw mw

Lacrosse

mw

Golf

mw w

Football

Soccer

Gymnastics

Field Hockey

m

Fencing

Basketball

Abington

m=men w=women

Cycling

Baseball

Cross-country/Track

Intramural sports Aerobics Arena Football Badminton Baseball Basketball Bowling Cross-country Flag Football Golf Ping-Pong Racquetball

m

Aikido Archery Arena Football Badminton Baseball Basketball Bass Fishing Billiards Bowling Boxing Cheerleading Crew Cricket Cross-country and Track Cycling Dance Dek Hockey Dodgeball Equestrian Fencing Field Hockey Figure Skating Flag Football Floor Hockey Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Indoor Winter Guard Judo Juggling Karate Korean Karate Lacrosse Martial Arts

Nittany Divers Nittany Grotto Outing Ping Pong Power Lifting Racquetball Rifle Roller Hockey Rugby Sailing Shotokan Karate-Do Ski Snowboard Soccer Softball Squash Swimming Synchronized Swimming Table Tennis Tae Kwon Do Team Handball Tennis Trapshooting Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Polo Water Ski and Wakeboard Wing Chun Kung Fu Woodsmen’s Team Wrestling Yoga and Meditation

*NCAA Division I sports are offered at Penn State University Park; NCAA Division III sports are offered at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State Erie, and Penn State Harrisburg.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901; Tel 814-865-4700/V, 814-863-1150/TTY.

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>Student Clubs and Organizations

Fayette

Greater Allegheny

Harrisburg

Hazleton

Lehigh Valley

Mont Alto

New Kensington

Schuylkill

Shenango

University Park

Wilkes-Barre ●

York

Veterans Club

Varsity Club

Scholastic Society

ROTC Rangers

Residence Hall Council

Religious Groups

Radio Station

Music-Related Organization

Music/Jazz Ensemble

Language

Honor Society

Health Club

Education-Related

Drama/Dance

Computer

Communication/Broadcasting

Chorus

Worthington Scranton

Student Government Association

Service Organization

Erie

Science-Related

Psychology

DuBois

Photography/Video

Outdoor Receation

Brandywine

Newspaper/Newsletter

Minority Student Organization

Berks

Magazine

Literary Society

Beaver

Lion Ambassadors

Environmental

Altoona

Business-Related

Booster/Pep

Band

Engineering-Related

Abington

Arts Organization

Adult Student Organization

This chart presents the clubs and organizations that prospective students ask about most frequently. For more information, or to inquire about additional offerings, please contact the specific campus.

All information was accurate at press time. The University reserves the right to make changes without notice.

This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 814-865-5471 in advance of your participation or visit.

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y

Buffalo

e ri e E k La 7

N

E

W

Y

O

R

Albany

K 88

390

90

90 17

Jamestown

MASS.

Binghamton

Corning

91

Erie 87 17

219

79

Cleveland Akron

16 Shenango

76

Pennsylvania College of Technology 24

80

6

Youngstown

3

Pittsburgh

Parsippany

Schuylkill 15

322

Altoona 2

Allegheny

70

Stamford

Hershey Carlisle 21

99

Wheeling

23

10

Harrisburg 79

76

8 Fayette

220

York 20

Mont Alto 13

68 Cumberland

70

76

12 4 Berks

Frederick

95

Baltimore 270

81

Rockville

VIRGINIA

Washington, D.C.

E

Falls Church

Philadelphia

AR

VIRGINIA

Trenton

1

NEW JERSEY

Wilmington

MARYLAND

Clarksburg

Abington

Great Valley 22 Brandywine 5

83

78

Lehigh Valley

Long Island

New York

D E L AW

Morgantown

WEST

80

Hazleton 11

9 Greater

95

Scranton

220

New Kensington

14

84

Newburgh

19 Worthington

17 University Park

Beaver

O H I O

Wilkes-Barre 18

DuBois

Canton

CONN.

81

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This is Penn State Listed below is contact information for each campus or recruitment center. For more information, including Web site addresses and e-mail addresses, please see pages 33–43. 1 Penn State Abington

5 Penn State Brandywine

215-881-7600

610-892-1200

2 Penn State Altoona

6 Penn State DuBois

814-949-5466 800-848-9843

814-375-4720 800-346-ROAR (7627)

8 Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus 724-430-4130 877-568-4130

9 Penn State Greater Allegheny

11 Penn State Hazleton

14 Penn State New Kensington

18 Penn State Wilkes-Barre

570-450-3142 800-279-8495

724-334-LION (5466) 888-968-PAWS (7297)

570-675-9238

12 Penn State Lehigh Valley

15 Penn State Schuylkill

19 Penn State Worthington Scranton

610-285-5035

570-385-6252

570-963-2500

13 Penn State Mont Alto

16 Penn State Shenango

20 Penn State York

717-749-6130 800-392-6173

724-983-2800

717-771-4040 800-778-6227

412-675-9010

3 Penn State Beaver 724-773-3800 877-564-6778

7 Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

10 Penn State Harrisburg

814-898-6100 866-374-3378

717-948-6250 800-222-2056

17 Penn State University Park

4 Penn State Berks

814-865-5471

610-396-6060

COMMUNITY RECRUITMENT CENTERS

SPECIAL-MISSION CAMPUSES 21 The Dickinson School of Law

22 Great Valley Graduate Center

800-840-1122 717-240-5207 (Carlisle Campus)

610-648-3200

814-867-1251 (University Park Campus)

23 College of Medicine The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 717-531-8521

24 Pennsylvania College of Technology 570-327-4761 800-367-9222

814-865-5403 800-252-3592

New Jersey

Philadelphia

732-356-0159 njpsu@psu.edu

215-246-3500 philacrc@psu.edu

New York City

Pittsburgh

718-862-2965 nycadmissions@ psu.edu

412-263-2900 pghcrc@psu.edu

World Campus

REGIONAL RECRUITERS Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Area 814-876-0405 DCMDVA-admissions@ psu.edu

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