Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1589
(814) 865-5471
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Located in University Park, Pennsylvania State University’s main campus serves more than 45,000 students. The school was originally established in 1855 as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania. Today the school is a well-known research institution. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn State number 46 on their list of the best national universities in 2012. Also, the school’s online bachelor’s and graduate programs in business, computer information technology, education, and engineering earned recognition in areas such as student engagement and student services and technology.

Programs Offered

With a wide range of pre-professional, technical, and liberal arts programs, students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels can find an area that fits their academic interests and career goals. Programs include, but are not limited to, accounting, business, chemistry, communications, engineering, education, forensic science, information sciences and technology, marketing, nursing, physics, political science, sociology, and visual arts. Online programs are also available at the certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and graduate levels for students trying to balance the demands of a busy personal and professional schedule. Areas of study for distance learners include arts, business management, communications, criminal justice, education, health sciences, information technology, psychology, and supply chain management.


Pennsylvania State University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. In addition, the school’s programs in dietetics, psychology, audiology, speech-language pathology, health services administration, nursing, English language, art and design, music, theatre, and teacher education have received specialized accreditation.


Students interested in submitting an application to Penn State may do so online or by mailing in a paper copy of the form. Please note that there is a $50 application fee for undergraduates. Students will need to submit their official high school transcripts and admissions test score reports. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but some programs may have an enrollment cap. In 2010, 55% of undergraduate applicants were accepted, and 32% of those students enrolled. For more information about applying as a graduate or international student, please visit the school’s website or contact the admissions office directly.

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