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Pennsylvania State University

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History

As Pennsylvania's only land-grant university, Penn State has a broad mission of teaching, research, and public service. But that mission was not so grandly conceived in 1855, when the Commonwealth chartered it as one of the nation's first colleges of agricultural science, with a goal to apply scientific principles to farming.

Education

Penn State’s land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society. The University generates approximately $8.5 billion in direct and indirect economic impact annually within Pennsylvania.

Research

With over $900 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 25 U.S. research universities, and is one of only two institutions in the nation accorded land grant, sea grant, sun grant, and space grant status.   

Career

Career Services is committed to offering a comprehensive array of programs and services that supports and facilitates career development for all students. Programs and resources are provided to assist students and alumni in specifying career goals, expanding knowledge of career alternatives, understanding effective decision making, and acquiring appropriate strategies and skills to carry out the process.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
72 -1
2019
71 -5
2018
66
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
78 3
2019
81 -4
2018
77
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
93 2
2019
95 -2
2018
93
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
98 -24
2018
74 11
2017
85
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

The decision to return to school is a major one. They understand and they're here to help support you along the way. As a World Campus student, you will be supported by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff who understand the complexities of balancing work and life while learning online.They talk to busy adult learners like you every day. They listen to your concerns about going back to school or balancing work and family life. They help you navigate a path to meet your education and career goals. They watch you gain confidence. And they celebrate with you on graduation day.

Housing services

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment that will enable a qualified student with a disability to participate in a course, program, facility, activity or service and includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges equal to students without disabilities. Reasonable accommodations may include academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services, or modifications for facilities.

Library services

As a World Campus student, you have access to the eighth largest research library collection in North America, which includes millions of books, e-books, maps, CDs, DVDs, and more. You can also access thousands of journals (many available online and in full text), and hundreds of research databases. You can locate any of these materials via the online catalog, known as the the CAT, or the Libraries' search tool, LionSearch.

You can use the Libraries’ website to:

learn about library resources for World Campus students

borrow materials — check out the Libraries’ distance delivery service for World Campus students

find high-quality information using research guides based on subject or course; these are created by librarians who are subject specialists in a wide array of disciplines

access subject guides and e-reserves in Canvas through the library resources tab in your course

use this guide for online students for guidance on how to effectively use the library

access free E-Books that may be available for certain courses

chat live online with a reference librarian

The Libraries' mobile site allows you to access their website anywhere at any time.  In addition, if you live in Pennsylvania you can access University Libraries resources at any Penn State campus in the state.

ICT services

Free Anti-virus & More

  • Free Storage Space
  • Free Web Space
  • Free Software For PSU Students
  • Miscellaneous Tools & Guides

Printing Charges

  • Technology Jump Start Guide
  • Virus & Virus Prevention Information
  • Wireless Internet Access For Your Laptop
Useful Videos For Students, Faculty and Staff
  • How to Protect Your Online Accounts
  • Learn More About Phishing Scams
  • Learn More About Peer to Peer Networks

Student Life

Campus life

Penn State has 24 campuses across the Commonwealth—a campus within practical commuting distance of virtually every Pennsylvanian. 

Penn State encompasses more than 23,000 acres and more than 1,784 buildings statewide, including 7,343 acres and 947 buildings at University Park.

Sports facilities

The IM Building offers a variety of selectorized and free weight stations, two separate dumbbell areas, and more than 90 cardio machines with cable and internet access available for training. You will also find our climbing suite, fitness classes, and gymnasium complex here. This is the place for you whether your dancing, lifting, climbing, or running.

The McCoy Natatorium offers a variety of water-related programming throughout the year like recreational swimming, instruction & certifications, club sports groups, intramural events, and a variety of special aquatic events and competitions. 

Student clubs

  • Higher Education Student Association (HESA)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)
  • Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA)
  • Educational Leadership Student Association (ELSA)

Accreditation

Their programs are also accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of the individual programs have additional accreditations through governing bodies in those particular fields of study.

University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

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