About the College
Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean, Smeal College of Business
The Penn State Smeal College of Business is a vibrant intellectual community offering highly ranked undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive education opportunities to more than 6,000 students from across the country and around the world. Since our introduction in 1953, we have prepared more than 85,000 students for professional success, annually adding to Penn State's vast alumni network. We are a destination of choice for top global organizations seeking talent that will make a positive difference. Through our leading faculty and network of research centers and institutes, we are a source of knowledge that influences the business practices of tomorrow. We are forging connections, creating opportunities, and producing results.
Mission and Goals
As an extension of the core values of the University, Smeal is committed to a set of strategic priorities including delivering extraordinary educational experiences, conducting research with impact, fostering a culture that prioritizes integrity, embracing unique ideas and strengthening connections via diversity enhancement initiatives and programs, and promoting sustainability in education, research, and business practice.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business is recognized by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as an accredited institution after completing a meticulous internal review and meeting all AACSB standards and requirements.
Departments and Schools
Department of Accounting
The mission of the Accounting Department at the Penn State Smeal College of Business is to enhance and disseminate knowledge of accounting and the accounting profession through top-ranked educational opportunities and world-renowned faculty expertise.
Department of Finance
The Penn State Smeal College of Business Finance Department provides students at all levels the opportunity to study investment analysis, management of banks and other financial institutions, and the financial management of corporations. Topics in business finance, security markets, commercial bank management, investment valuations, portfolio management, futures and options markets, and capital budgets are available.
Department of Management and Organization
The Management and Organization Department at the Penn State Smeal College of Business is preparing future leaders to respond to challenges associated with creating a successful business in today's global economy while shaping management knowledge and practices for the twenty-first century.
Department of Marketing
As a community focused on advancing the art and science of marketing, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Marketing Department combines rigorous and relevant research with an approach to education that is grounded in the fundamentals while embracing leading-edge concepts and tools.
Department of Risk Management
The Penn State Smeal College of Business Risk Management Department offers educational opportunities for students interested in exploring risk analysis in a variety of business environments, as well as faculty research and expertise in a wide range of topics.
Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems
Ranked No. 1 as a leader in supply chain education, the Penn State Smeal College of Business Supply Chain and Information Systems Department covers this boundary-spanning field of study through top-ranked degree programs, world-renowned faculty expertise and research, and corporate connections with top companies and supply chain practitioners.
A student who fails to earn a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average will be placed on academic warning. A student placed on academic warning will have a hold placed on registration and will be required to meet with an academic adviser in order for this registration hold to be removed. To remove academic warning, the cumulative grade-point average must be 2.00 or higher.
A student in academic warning who fails to maintain a semester grade-point average of 2.00 or higher will be academically suspended. A student who has been academically suspended may not schedule courses at the University for two consecutive semesters. (Note: Summer session is equal to one semester.)
Administrative Enrollment Controls
All Smeal majors are under Administrative Enrollment Controls.
Change of Campus
Change of campus policies and procedures can be found at the link below.
Due to enrollment controls and similarities in the Smeal curriculum, students are not permitted to enroll in more than one Smeal major.
Business Career Center
Information on the Business Career Center at Smeal including how to prepare for career fairs; details on applying for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions; and how to get involved in students organizations.
Smeal International Programs
Information on studying abroad, applying for the International Business Minor, and resources for international students at Smeal.
Sapphire Leadership Academic Program
Sapphire is designed for high-achieving undergraduate business students who would like to enhance their business school experience through a specialized curriculum and leadership training. Students apply as high school seniors who have been offered Smeal at University Park.
Schreyer Honors College
The Schreyer Honors College, regarded as one of the nation’s top programs of its kind, promotes achieving academic excellence with integrity, building a global perspective, and creating opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. Schreyer Scholars, including Gateway Scholars admitted after their first or second year of enrollment, are a diverse and motivated group of approximately 2,000 students at University Park and 20 Commonwealth campuses. The College strives to educate students who will have an important and ethical influence in the world, to improve educational practice, and to continue to be recognized as a leading force in honors education nationwide.
Honors in the Smeal College of Business
Build the foundation for a successful future in business as a Scholar in the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business and the Schreyer Honors College. The Smeal curriculum is designed to expand your understanding of the business world and your ability to influence it. Outside the classroom get involved in our network of student organizations, spend a semester abroad, interview for job opportunities with the world’s top companies, and connect with professors ranked among the best in the world for academic excellence. As one of the largest business schools in the world, discover the vast opportunities available to Scholars jointly enrolled in Smeal and Schreyer.