Shaping the Student Experience
We support and challenge students as they expand learning beyond the classroom, develop their personal and professional understanding and skills, and achieve the success they seek at Penn State and in their lives beyond. These opportunities deeply enrich the Penn State student experience and elevate the value of a Penn State degree. We also encourage a safe and healthy learning environment, in which students can explore endless interests, find their niche within the large and diverse Penn State community, and form lasting relationships. Investing in Student Affairs increases the potential of each and every one of our Penn State students.
1. Promoting Wellness
Good physical and mental health are critical for academic success. We provide resources and opportunities for students to stay healthy so they can focus on their classes.
University Health Services (UHS) is a nationally accredited health care service on campus.
Health Promotion & Wellness supports students in developing healthy habits around fitness, healthy eating, stress management, sleep habits, and risky drinking.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provides resources and aimed at helping students achieve emotional and mental wellness.
Campus Recreation has an extensive variety of fitness and leisure opportunities.
2. Shaping citizens and leaders
Much of student learning takes place outside the classroom. Skills, such as critical thinking, decision-making, creative expression, teamwork and conflict resolution make students better leaders, stronger professionals, and responsible citizens.
Student Engagement Programs offers opportunities in leadership, social responsibility, citizenship, and volunteerism.
The Office of Student Activities coordinates leadership development and service programs as well as the more than 1,000 student clubs and organizations.
Fraternity & Sorority Life provides programmatic support to one of the largest Greek communities in the country.
The HUB-Robeson Center is the epicenter of student life at Penn State with eateries, program offices, and the bookstore.
The Center for Character Conscience, & Public Purpose houses Stand for State, Penn State’s bystander intervention program.
Career Services helps students with career exploration and decision-making.
Residence Life provides a living-learning environment for on-campus students.
3. Providing community & advocacy
When students feel safe and welcome, they can focus on learning, creating friendships, and growing personally. Many Student Affairs offices are dedicated to providing support and advocacy to help students with a variety of issues, programming around diversity and inclusion, and spaces where all students can feel safe and included.
The Center for Spiritual & Ethical Development, provides space to over 60 religious or spiritual student organizations and offers a welcoming environment to explore faith traditions.
The Collegiate Recovery Community is a program to provide support and a strong community for students in recovery from alcohol and other addictions.
The LGBTQA Student Resource Center provides resources, advocacy, and a caring community for LGBTQ students and allies.
The Gender Equity Center supports all students who have been impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking harassment, or similar issues.
The Paul Robeson Cultural Center focuses on identity development and social justice and encourages the appreciation of diverse perspectives, experiences, and cultures of the many underrepresented communities at Penn State.
Adult Learner Programs & Services provides resources, advocacy services, and programming for veterans and other non-traditional undergraduate students.
Student Legal Services provides legal advice, representation, and referrals to Penn State students.
The office of Off-Campus Student Support assists students with finding off-campus housing and coordinates programs to foster a greater sense of community among students and State College residents.
The office of Student Conduct oversees the Penn State Code of Conduct and the disciplinary process.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response oversees reporting procedures violations of Title IX, including sexual misconduct or harassment issues.
Student Care & Advocacy provides resources, support, and accommodations to students and families during critical situations.
The Penn State Parents Program is the primary resource for parents and families of Penn State students as they navigate the college experience.