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Business, Smeal College

The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business invests in excellence and fosters a student-centered learning environment while promoting personal, intellectual, and professional growth. Through its academic departments, co-curricular units, research centers, and institutes, students receive an education that helps them prepare for the business world of tomorrow.

Founded originally in 1953, the Smeal College of Business was named in 1990 in honor and memory of two of its benefactors, Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal. Both graduated from Penn State in 1942 and were enduring supporters of the University for more than thirty years. Their generous gift to the college provided a foundation of excellence for students and faculty alike.

The Smeal College is located in the Business Building, 210,000-square-foot facility that opened its doors in 2005. This award-winning facility includes state-of-the-art classrooms, wireless access and video-conferencing technologies, team study and recruiter interview rooms, auditorium, and cafe. For more information, visit: About Smeal College

Admission into the Smeal College of Business

Admission to Penn State and to the Smeal College of Business, including transferring from another institution, is administered by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. If you have questions about the admission process, please contact Penn State's Undergraduate Admissions Office or visit: Undergraduate Admissions Office

Honor and Integrity in Smeal

First introduced in 2007 by an MBA student team, an Honor Code was adopted across all academic and administrative units of the Smeal College. Exemplified by the Smeal community as a whole, the Honor Code challenges students, faculty, and staff to strive for greatness and demands that success come only from fair and ethical means.

The code is: "We, the Smeal College of Business community, aspire to the highest ethical standards and will hold each other accountable to them. We will not engage in any action that is improper or that creates the appearance of impropriety in our academic lives, and we intend to hold this standard in our future careers." 

For more information, visit: Smeal Honor and Integrity

Smeal Majors

The Smeal College is committed to providing a business education that reflects current marketplace trends while remaining true to the essential values and principles of business. The curriculum is issue oriented and offers a comprehensive and well-rounded education, an integrated core, and an international outlook. Through a series of required courses, the first two years of course work provide the common foundation for the business degree. Students choose a major before the junior year after meeting specific entrance-to-major requirements. Major course requirements provide discipline-specific content that can be applied to business issues of both today and tomorrow. A senior capstone business analysis course is a centerpiece for all majors. For current business majors, see the menu at the top left of this page under "Baccalaureate Degrees." For more information, visit: Information about Smeal Majors

Smeal Minors

The college offers minors that can be combined with most majors upon approval. For current business minors, see the menu on the left of this page under "Minors." For more information, visit: Information about Smeal Minors

Entrance to Major

To be eligible for consideration for entrance into a major in the college, students must first be enrolled as pre-majors in Smeal or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) at any Penn State campus.

Admission to specific Smeal majors is limited to students who meet the GPA requirements for that major. Students must also successfully complete the eight entrance-to-major courses by the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year.

For specific entrance-to-major requirements and procedures, visit: Smeal Entrance to Major

Business Core Courses

Smeal students are given a broad business foundation prior to entry into a specific major. Students are required to take core courses in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and supply chain.

For more information, visit: First-year Core Curriculum

Foreign Language Requirement

All Smeal students are required to attain 12th-credit-level proficiency in one language other than English as a condition of graduation. Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work.

For additional information, visit: Smeal Foreign Language Requirement 

Concurrent Majors

With deans' approval, students may choose to meet University Faculty Senate requirements for earning a concurrent degree with a Smeal College major and a major within another college. Students completing one degree in Smeal are not permitted to pursue a second degree in Smeal. Students in Smeal also cannot earn a concurrent major in Agribusiness Management through the College of Agricultural Sciences. Adding a concurrent major may extend a student's graduation date. 

For more information, visit: Concurrent Majors

Student Advising

The college uses a four-year professional advising model. Upon entering Smeal College, all undergraduate students are assigned an academic adviser for the duration of their undergraduate career. Additionally, once students enter their major they are assigned a faculty mentor within their major department. This advising model supports students in successfully navigating their co-curricular activities and curriculum through careful planning and dedicated guidance. 

For more information, visit: Smeal Advising 

RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PLANS provide, in table form, the courses students might schedule semester by semester as they pursue a specific undergraduate degree. Each college or campus maintains Recommended Academic Plans for its own majors/degree programs. Links to these plans are on the Division of Undergraduate Studies website at: Questions concerning the Recommended Academic Plans should be directed to the college or campus involved or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  

Honors and Leadership

The Smeal College strives to develop business leaders of the future. The Sapphire Leadership Program provides an opportunity for qualified Smeal students to enhance their college experience through a variety of leadership activities and training. 

For more information, visit: Sapphire Leadership Program

Schreyer Scholars enrolled in Smeal form a unique connection between their honors studies and the business community that awaits them. Smeal is committed to helping scholars carry out the Schreyer Honors College mission of achieving academic excellence, building a global perspective, and creating opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. 

For more information, visit: Schreyer Honors College and Smeal Honors and Leadership

Diversity at Smeal

The Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students the Smeal College. Through pre-college programs and the coordination of recruitment and retention activities, the office strives to improve the representation of underrepresented students.

For more information, visit: Smeal Diversity Enhancement Programs

Student Organizations

At the Smeal College, students can enhance their co-curricular education by joining one of the forty students organizations that relate to their choice of major or career interests. 

For additional information, visit: Smeal Student Organizations

International Programs

Employment outlooks for the twenty-first century indicate that successful candidates in the job market will likely possess evidence of an international perspective. Studying in a foreign country can augment one's understanding of global issues through direct experience in a foreign environment. Approximately one-third of Smeal students select from more than eighty programs for a semester or summer abroad. 

For more information, visit: Smeal International Programs

Career and Corporate Connections

The Career and Corporate Connections office offers a variety of career development opportunities through internships and co-ops, individual appointments, networking events, and a Career Planning and Strategies course.

For more information, visit: Smeal Career and Corporate Connections

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Penn State is a top-tier research institution and encourages students to engage in research studies in all academic disciplines by offering financial support for approved ideas.

Students can incorporate research goals into their undergraduate business education either through independent study, by involvement in ongoing research with faculty, or through one of the research centers within the college. The research centers at Smeal offer a world-class resource for knowledge creation in a variety of business disciplines.

For more information, visit: Smeal Research Centers and Smeal Undergraduate Research Grants




RUSSELL R. BARTON, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty

JEFFERY M. SHARP, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

JAMIE CAMPBELL, Assistant Dean for Diversity Enhancement Programs

GINGER BREON, Assistant Dean for Administration and Chief Information Officer



Accounting -- STEVE HUDDART, Chair

Finance -- WILLIAM A. KRACAW, Chair

Management and Organization -- VILMOS MISANGYI, Chair

Marketing -- HANS BAUMGARTNER, Chair

Risk Mangement -- KEITH CROCKER, Chair

Supply Chain and Information Systems -- NICHOLAS C. PETRUZZI, Chair





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