Penn State University Park
Approximately 13,700 students live on campus. First-year students are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing.
- NCAA Division I
- Big Ten Conference
- Varsity Sports
- The Intercollegiate Athletics program at Penn State University Park includes thirty-one varsity athletic teams.
Penn State University Park
The largest campus in the Penn State system, University Park is home to a diverse population of about 35,000 undergraduate students. Penn State University Park students enjoy passing iconic buildings like Old Main daily, while also taking advantage of amenities in new facilities like the Information Sciences and Technology Building or the Life Sciences Building.
Penn State University Park is located in the small city of State College, a quintessential college town with its small eateries and quirky shops that line the street marking the border between downtown and campus. Nestled near the base of Mount Nittany, the surrounding area of central Pennsylvania is known as "Happy Valley."
First-year students at University Park are assigned to regular or supplemental housing in traditional dormitory-style buildings. Students interested in living on campus after the first year must participate in a random lottery system for housing.
Penn State University Park is staffed with special services to help meet international students' unique needs.
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Prospective First-Year Students
For high school students who have not yet applied to Penn State, or who have applied to Penn State but have not yet received an offer of admission.
Accepted First-Year Students
For high school students who have received an offer of admission to Penn State University Park.
Change of Campus Students
For students attending one of Penn State's 19 Penn State Commonwealth campuses and planning to complete a degree at University Park though the 2+2 plan.
Transfer Students (Prospective)
For students without offers of admission who have graduated from high school or completed a GED and will have completed more than 18 credits of college coursework (post high school graduation/GED) before starting at Penn State.
Transfer Students (Accepted)
For students with an offer of admission to Penn State University Park who have already graduated from high school or completed a GED and will have completed more than 18 credits of college course work (post high school graduation/GED) before starting Penn State.
For large group visits of 10 or more students. Please complete the Large Group Visitation Form at least two weeks prior to your requested visit date.
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- Majors Completed at Penn State Univeristy Park:
- Penn State Univeristy Park offers the full four years of more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs.
Campus Major Listings
- 2+2 Plan:
- The first two years of nearly all of Penn State's more that 160 baccalaureate programs that can be started at a Penn State Commonwealth Campus and completed at Penn State University Park. To transition between campuses, the only requirement is that you meet the entrance to major requirements for your selected major. We call it the 2+2 plan and it’s the most common path to a Penn State degree--about 60% of our students opt for this path in a typical year. 2+2 Plan- Learn More