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1he Þennsy|van|a State Un|vers|tyţ
commonly referred Lo as Þenn State or ÞSUţ ls a publlc research unlverslLy wlLh campuses and faclllLles
LhroughouL Lhe sLaLe of Þennsylvanlaţ unlLed SLaLesŦ lounded ln 1833ţ Lhe unlverslLy has a Lhreefold
mlsslon of Leachlngţ researchţ and publlc servlceŦ lLs lnsLrucLlonal mlsslon
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lncludes undergraduaLeţ
graduaLeţ professlonal and conLlnulng educaLlon offered Lhrough resldenL lnsLrucLlon and onllne
dellveryŦ lLs unlverslLy Þark campusţ Lhe flagshlp campusţ lles wlLhln Lhe 8orough of SLaLe College and
College 1ownshlpţ ÞennsylvanlaŦ 1he Þenn SLaLe ulcklnson School of Law has faclllLles locaLed ln boLh
Carllsle and unlverslLy Þark and Lhe College of Medlclne ls locaLed ln PersheyŦ Þenn SLaLe has anoLher 19
commonwealLh campuses and 3 speclalŴmlsslon campuses locaLed across Lhe sLaLeŦ
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Un|vers|ty Þark
1he largesL of Þenn SLaLeƌs 24 campusesţ unlverslLy Þarkţ ls almosL enLlrely wlLhln Lhe boundarles of
SLaLe College boroughţ a slLe chosen Lo be near Lhe geographlc cenLer of Lhe sLaLeŦ WlLh an
undergraduaLe accepLance raLe of 31 percenLţ
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lL ls Lhe mosL selecLlve campus ln Lhe Þenn SLaLe
sysLemţ due prlmarlly Lo Lhe facL LhaL sLudenLs selecL unlverslLy Þark as Lhelr flrsLŴcholce campus aL a far
greaLer raLe Lhan Þenn SLaLeƌs oLher undergraduaLe campusesŦ
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uurlng Lhe fall 2010 semesLerţ 38ţ394
undergraduaLe sLudenLs and 6ţ223 graduaLe sLudenLs were enrolled aL unlverslLy ÞarkŦ
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Cf Lhoseţ 43Ŧ3
percenL were female
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and 30Ŧ6 percenL were noL Þennsylvanla resldenLsŦ
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Co||eges
1he unlverslLy Þark campus ls organlzed lnLo 14 dlsLlncL ƍcollegesƍť
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O College of AgrlculLural Sclences
O College of ArLs and ArchlLecLure
O Smeal College of 8uslness
O College of CommunlcaLlons
O College of LarLh and Mlneral Sclences
O College of LducaLlon
O College of Lnglneerlng
O Þenn SLaLe College of PealLh and Puman uevelopmenL
O College of lnformaLlon Sclences and 1echnology
O College of Lhe Llberal ArLs
O Lberly College of Sclence
O raduaLe School
O Schreyer Ponors College
O School of nurslng
Þenn SLaLe
unlverslLy
1he 2010 Academlc 8anklng of World unlverslLles ranks Þenn SLaLe 43rd among unlverslLles worldwldeŦ
uŦSŦ news Ǝ World 8eporL ranks Þenn SLaLeƌs undergraduaLe program 43Lh ln lLs 2012 Amerlcanƌs 8esL
CollegeŦ
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ln 2011ţ Þenn SLaLe was also ranked 94Lh ln Lhe CS World unlverslLy 8anklngsŦ
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Accordlng Lo a Wall SLreeL !ournal survey released ln SepLember 2010ţ Þenn SLaLe was ranked #1 among
479 corporaLe recrulLlng execuLlves who were asked Lo ldenLlfy ƍwhose bachelor degree graduaLes were
Lhe besLŴLralned and educaLedţ and besL able Lo succeed once hlredŦƍ
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Þenn SLaLeƌs mascoL ls Lhe nlLLany Llonţ a represenLaLlon of a Lype of mounLaln llon LhaL once roamed
whaL ls now unlverslLy ÞarkŦ 1he schoolƌs offlclal colorsţ now blue and whlLeţ were orlglnally black and
dark plnkŦ Þenn SLaLe parLlclpaLes ln Lhe nCAA ulvlslon lŴA and ln Lhe 8lg 1en Conference for mosL
sporLsŦ
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A few sporLs parLlclpaLe ln dlfferenL conferencesť menƌs volleyball ln Lhe LasLern
lnLercolleglaLe volleyball AssoclaLlon (LlvA)Ť menƌs lacrosse ln Lhe Colonlal ALhleLlc AssoclaLlon (CAA)Ť
womenƌs lacrosse ln Amerlcan Lacrosse conferenceŤ and hockey (Amerlcan ColleglaLe Pockey
AssoclaLlon)Ŧ 1he fenclng Leams operaLe as lndependenLsŦ
ALhleLlc Leams aL Þenn SLaLe have won 68 naLlonal colleglaLe Leam champlonshlps (37 nCAAţ 2
consensus ulvlslon l fooLball LlLlesţ 6 AlAWţ 3 uSWLAţ 1 Wl8Cţ and 4 naLlonal LlLles ln boxlngţ 11 ln menƌs
soccer and one ln wresLllng ln years prlor Lo nCAA sponsorshlp)Ŧ 1here have been anoLher 34 naLlonal
colleglaLe champlonshlpsţ by elLher lndlvlduals or club LeamsŦ 1he 40 nCAA Champlonshlps ranks
sevenLh all Llme ln nCAA ulvlslon lţ and ls Lhe mosL of any 8lg 1en schoolŦ
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8ecenL champlonshlps won
lnclude Womenƌs 8ugby (2007ţ 2009ţ 2010 as a club member of MldŴALlanLlc 8ugby looLball unlon
(MA8lu))ţ
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Menƌs ymnasLlcs (2007)ţ
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Menƌs/Womenƌs lenclng (2007ţ 2009ţ 2010)ţ
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Menƌs
volleyball (2008)ţ
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Womenƌs volleyball (2007ţ 2008ţ 2009ţ and 2010)ţ
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and WresLllng ln 2010 won
Lhelr respecLlve naLlonal LlLlesŦ Slnce Lhe 2007 season Þenn SLaLe has won 10 naLlonal Champlonshlps ln
3 dlfferenL sporLsţ Lhe mosL among currenL ulvlslon 1ŴA LeamsŦ

1here are seven houslng complexes locaLed on campus for sLudenLs aLLendlng Lhe unlverslLy Þark
campusť LasL Pallsţ norLh Pallsţ Þollock Pallsţ SouLh Pallsţ WesL Pallsţ LasLvlew 1erraceţ Ǝ nlLLany
AparLmenLsŦ Lach complex conslsLs of a few separaLe bulldlngs LhaL are dormlLorles and a commons
bulldlngţ whlch has loungesţ Lhe help desk for Lhe complexţ mallboxes for each dormlLory roomţ a small
food shopţ and a cafeLerlaŴsLyle roomŦ ulfferenL floors wlLhln a bulldlng ln Lhe complex may be a Speclal
Llvlng CpLlonţ meanlng sLudenLs can slgn up for LhaL floor lf Lhey are ln LhaL ma[orŦ
Student organ|zat|ons
As of november 2009ţ 778 sLudenL organlzaLlons were recognlzed aL Lhe unlverslLy Þark campusŦ ln
addlLlonţ Þenn SLaLe has one of Lhe largesL reek sysLems ln Lhe counLryţ wlLh approxlmaLely 12 percenL
of Lhe unlverslLy Þark populaLlon afflllaLedŦ AddlLlonal organlzaLlons on campus lnclude 1PCnţ
1hesplansţ 8lue 8andţ lee Club and LaLenlghLŦ

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