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Why Penn State?

Penn State’s tradition of academic excellence, investment in student success, and commitment to providing unrivaled opportunities make the University a great place to study, but it is the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff that make it truly exceptional. 

We are looking for students that want to share in the passions and talents of this impactful Penn State community. Discover how your Penn State years will not only shape your academic and career pursuits, but will broaden your perspective, establish life-long connections, and set the stage for experiences you cannot even begin to imagine.

Find your place at Penn State.

Note: Apply now for summer/fall 2017!

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Post-Grad Life: NUTmobile Edition
Colin Lester graduated Penn State as a public relations major last May. Since then, he’s been on the ride of his life- with the Planters NUTmobile! He travels the country in a large peanut shaped vehicle, stopping and making media appearances. The job lasts for one year and he gets to travel with two other […]
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If any of you are like me when I was in your shoes, you have no clue what THON is. And don’t worry, its okay. Chances are that you live a little too far outside of Pennsylvania to have ever heard of it. I’m only from New York so it’s definitely possible to be a […]