Pennsylvania State University

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The Pennsylvania State University ( State University of Pennsylvania and Penn State or PSU) is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. In total, over 86,000 students are enrolled at 24 sites of PSUs, including 45,000 on the main campus and administrative headquarters University Park, 33,000 on the Commonwealth Campuses, 6000 at the PA College of Tech, 629 at the Dickinson School of Law and 787 at the Hershey Medical Center. The main campus is one of the most beautiful in the United States.

The university is one of the most prestigious public universities in the United States, called a Public Ivy, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, an existing association of leading research-intensive since 1900, North American universities.

The sports teams of the PSU Nittany Lions are the. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference.


The university was founded as the College of the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society in 1855. 1882 came to the agricultural courses engineering, which the PSU was one of the ten largest engineering colleges in the USA. 1936 were about 5000 students enrolled and President Ralph Hetzel founded more campus areas in Pennsylvania, to which also a possibility to study to pass who could not leave their home region. Under the presidency of Milton Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, since 1953 the University got its current name and continued to grow; 1970 were enrolled over 40,000 students. In 1987, the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport part of the PSU 1997 and the Dickinson School of Law.


The PSU is led by a president who support him in the President's Council 12 Vice President, a Provost with deputies, the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Faculty and a Director of the Board of Trustees .. Elected and controlled the university administration by the Board of Trustees, the composed of members ex officio and appointed by the Governor as well as elected by alumni, the agrarian society and business enterprises.


The PSU is divided into 13 colleges and four schools, adding more centralized institutions.

  • College of Agricultural Sciences ( Agricultural Science )
  • College of Arts and Architecture ( Art and Architecture )
  • Smeal College of Business ( Economics )
  • College of Communications (Telecommunications)
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences ( Mineralogy )
  • College of Education ( Educational Science )
  • College of Engineering ( Engineering Science)
  • College of Health and Human Development ( Health Sciences
  • College of Information Sciences and Technology Information Technology )
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • College of Medicine ( Medicine )
  • Eberly College of Science ( Natural Science )
  • Schreyer Honors College
  • Graduate School
  • School of International Affairs ( International Relations )
  • School of Law ( Jurisprudence )
  • School of Nursing ( Health and Nursing )


The campus area of the PSU are located across Pennsylvania:

  • University Park main campus ( University Park )
  • Commonwealth Campus: Penn State Abington
  • Penn State Altoona
  • Penn State Berks
  • Penn State Beaver
  • Penn State Delaware County
  • Penn State DuBois
  • Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Penn State Hazleton
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley
  • Penn State McKeesport
  • Penn State Mont Alto
  • Penn State New Kensington
  • Penn State Schuylkill County
  • Penn State Shenango
  • Penn State Wilkes -Barre
  • Penn State Worthington Scranton
  • Penn State York
  • Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
  • Penn State World Campus - Online Education

Known graduates ( selection)

  • John Aniston, actor
  • Paul Berg, chemist, Nobel Prize Winner 1980
  • William E. Binney, former cryptanalyst the National Security Agency (NSA ) and Whistleblower
  • Guion Bluford Stewart, Astronaut
  • Roscoe O. Brady, biochemists
  • Carmen Finestra, film producer and actress
  • Jonathan Frakes, actor and director
  • Brian Gratz, ice hockey player, coach and functionary
  • Steve McCurry, photojournalist
  • Lenny Moore, American football player
  • David Morrell, author
  • J. Bonnie Newman, university teacher and politician
  • Mike Munchak, American football player
  • Maury Schleicher, American football player
  • William E. Ward, General of the U.S. Army