School Spotlight: Pennsylvania State University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

A public research university located in a quintessential college town, Penn State boasts one of the most robust alumni networks, with more than half a million former Nittany Lions around the world. The campus and current student body echo this size: With 12 undergraduate colleges and over 275 majors to choose from, the University Park campus supports a student body of more than 40,000 undergrads. The entire Penn State system includes 24 additional campuses, from which over 50 percent of students transfer to the University Park campus under a unique 2+2 arrangement. Given the large number of majors, it’s not surprising that some are unusual and unique, like energy and sustainability policy, corporate communication, and petroleum and cybersecurity analytics and operations. Highly motivated students who take advantage of the well-known Schreyer Honors College enjoy access to special housing, smaller classes, and guaranteed scholarships. Fun fact #1: PSU’s 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon donated more than 11.7 million dollars this year to the University’s Children’s Hospital. Fun fact #2: PSU’s Creamery, which uses milk from the University’s own dairy production center, makes over 50 flavors of ice cream, including chocolate pretzel crunch, espresso fudge pie, and peanut butter marshmallow.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Patrick Mansell, Penn State

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.