The Pennsylvania State University is a public, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania State in the US. Founded in 1855, the University has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery.
Twenty-four campuses; 17,000 faculty and staff; 100,000 students; a teaching hospital that provides care to more than a million patients a year; over one-half million active alumni; an online World Campus that empowers anyone to pursue an education—anytime, anywhere; and the largest student-run philanthropic organization on the planet. All of that characterize Penn State.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Pensylvania's undergraduate program 14th among Top Public Schools in the United States.
Penn State is also ranked No. 1 for the best online bachelor's programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Online Programs."
Penn State is renowned for its Technical Education, Environmental Sciences and Engineering programs.
Acceptance rate of the university is about 50 %.
State College is a college town, dominated economically and demographically by the presence of the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University, surrounded by large tracts of farmland, and an expanse of mountains and forests.. Though "Happy Valley" is another often-used term to refer to the State College area, the term also includes the borough and the townships of College, Harris, Patton, and Ferguson.
State College has a humid continental climate, where average temperature in winter is about -3°C and about 22.3°C in summer.