Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth campuses

Not to be confused with the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

The Pennsylvania State University is a geographically dispersed university system with campuses located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While the administrative hub of the university is located at its flagship campus, University Park, 19 additional commonwealth campuses enroll 38.9 percent of Penn State's undergraduate student population.[1]


Under the present administrative structure, enacted by the Penn State Board of Trustees in 2005, the 19 undergraduate campuses (not including University Park and Penn State's special-mission campus, the Pennsylvania College of Technology) are overseen by the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses. Each campus is led by a chancellor (a position that replaced the existing titles of campus dean and campus executive officer) who reports to the Vice President.[2]

While all 19 campuses are considered part of Penn State's Commonwealth campus system, only five are full-fledged four-year colleges. Those five are Penn State Abington, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State Behrend, and Penn State Harrisburg. The other fourteen campuses are two-year campuses referred to collectively as the University College. These campuses, while having their own chancellor, also report to the Dean of the University College, a position concurrently held by the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.

List of Commonwealth campuses

The first two years of education for any Penn State major are available at all campuses; however, some majors can only be completed at specific campuses.

Campus Location Enrollment[3] Year
Nickname Athletics (Affiliation)
Penn State Abington1 Abington, Pennsylvania 3,425 1950 Nittany Lions NEAC (NCAA Division III)
Penn State Altoona Logan Township, Pennsylvania 4,105 1939 Nittany Lions AMCC (NCAA Division III)
Penn State Beaver Monaca, Pennsylvania 870 1965 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Behrend3 Erie, Pennsylvania 4,600 1948 Lions AMCC (NCAA Division III)
Penn State Berks Spring Township, Pennsylvania 2,873 1958 Nittany Lions NEAC (NCAA Division III)
Penn State Brandywine2 Media, Pennsylvania 1,630 1967 Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State DuBois DuBois, Pennsylvania 795 1935 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Fayette Uniontown, Pennsylvania 957 1934 Roaring Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Greater Allegheny4 McKeesport, Pennsylvania 701 1948 Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College Middletown, Pennsylvania 4,269 1966 Lions Capital (CAC) (NCAA Division III)
Penn State Hazleton Hazleton, Pennsylvania 1,172 1934 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Lehigh Valley Center Valley, Pennsylvania 942 1912 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Mont Alto Mont Alto, Pennsylvania 1,217 1903 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State New Kensington New Kensington, Pennsylvania 801 1958 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania 1,012 1934 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Shenango5 Sharon, Pennsylvania 651 1965 Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Lehman, Pennsylvania 683 1916 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State Worthington Scranton Dunmore, Pennsylvania 1,270 1923 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
Penn State York York, Pennsylvania 1,329 1926 Nittany Lions PSUAC (USCAA)
  1. - formerly Penn State Ogontz
  2. - formerly Penn State Delaware County
  3. - colloquially referred to simply as "Behrend"
  4. - formerly Penn State McKeesport
  5. - formerly Penn State Shenango Valley

See also


  1. University Budget Office. "Percent of Enrollment by Location Fall 2010". Penn State Fact Book. Penn State University. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. Office of University Relations (2005-05-13). "Plan for administrative reorganization approved by Penn State Board of Trustees". Penn State University. Retrieved 2007-02-10.
  3. Total Enrollment by Location Fall 2011

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