University Programs

Shaping a World-Class Student Experience

What makes the Penn State student experience so remarkable? The answer is as varied as our more than 80,000 undergraduates. With over 160 baccalaureate degree programs, 1,000+ student clubs and organizations, and countless opportunities for students to explore their interests and spread their wings, the Penn State experience is dynamic, multifaceted, and global. This experience begins in the classroom but doesn’t end there, with thousands of students studying or interning abroad every year, performing one-on-one research with faculty, engaging in community service, launching their own start-ups, and more. Enriching opportunities like these are complemented by a range of support services designed to help students from every background to navigate the challenges of college life.

Every facet of this world-class student experience is shaped by University Programs, which pursues a vision of a Penn State education that combines academic rigor with rich opportunities for engagement and growth beyond the classroom. Comprised of Student Affairs, Educational Equity, and Undergraduate Education, University Programs is dedicated to ensuring that students from all backgrounds enjoy a rich and rewarding Penn State experience, one that positions them for success in their careers and in their lives. Through the diverse range of activities and initiatives this area oversees—together with the more than 900 scholarships it administers—University Programs champions our students’ success and well-being, both during their Penn State years and far beyond.

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