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Graduate Degree Programs

GRADUATE LIFE

Current graduate enrollment at University Park campus is about 6,790 students, of whom 78 percent are engaged in graduate study full time, 47 percent are women, and 35 percent are residents of Pennsylvania. (Undergraduate enrollment at University Park campus exceeds 40,000.) International students make up about 35 percent of the graduate student population, and about 8 percent of enrolling graduate students report themselves as members of recognized U.S. ethnic minority groups.

University Park campus is one of the most naturally beautiful American campuses. On any given day of the semester, about 50,000 people will be on the campus: 38,000 students, 12,000 employees, and several hundred visitors. Although the size of the campus can be intimidating, graduate students soon find that its size and diversity afford a variety of stimulating activities. This variety reflects the University's view that a person's graduate experience should include, in addition to course work and research, living in a scholarly atmosphere, profiting from the perspectives of visiting scholars and artists, and engaging in informal discussions with faculty and fellow students. It also should mean participating in student affairs and University governance, and allowing time to reflect, to explore fields related to one's specialty, and to enjoy leisure activities.

Although the mailing address of the largest campus is University Park, PA 16802, this name ordinarily does not appear on maps. The University Park campus is located in State College, Pennsylvania, an area with a population of more than 67,000. State College is located on U.S. Highway 322, near Interstates 80 and 99, and can be reached directly by bus or airline service. The town retains a collegiate atmosphere enhanced by many small shops, restaurants, cinemas, and bookstores.

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION

For information, see www.clubs.psu.edu/up/gsa (Opens New Window).

GRADUATE SCHOOL ALUMNI SOCIETY

For information, see http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/alumni/gsas/

CURRENT STUDENTS

For information, see http://www.psu.edu/current-students

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

For information, see http://www.psu.edu/visitors-and-neighbors

 

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