Penn State University

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History of Penn State

Centre County became the site of the new college in response to a gift of 200 acres from gentleman farmer and ironmaster James Irvin of Bellefonte. Founding President Evan Pugh drew on the scientific education he had received in Europe to plan a curriculum that combined theoretical studies with practical applications. Pugh and similar visionaries in other states championed Congressional passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Act in 1862. The act enabled states to sell federal land, invest the proceeds, and use the income to support colleges . But not until the 1880s, under the leadership of President George W. Atherton, did the college expand its curriculum to match the Land-Grant Act's broad mandate. In the early 1900s, Penn State introduced cooperative extension and additional outreach programming, extending the reach of its academic mission.

Undergraduate Programs

Agricultural science

arts and architecture



earth and mineral sciences



health and human development

liberal arts


Graduate Programs

(This is the link to the graduate programs that are listen in ABC order.)

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For financial aid there is, third - party payments, military payments, financial aid for transfer students, deferred payment, and much more.

Understanding the financial commitment it takes to get your education, we offer a number of scholarships to our World Campus students. All World Campus scholarship applicants must:

Have your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file

Be admitted to the World Campus

Contact information

Contact the contact directory.


University Park, State College, PA 16801

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