Welcome to Penn State University Park!
Since 1855, the University Park campus has been home to a talented and diverse
group of students, faculty, and staff, and we’re pleased you’re joining this vibrant
community. I encourage you to make the most of your college experience by
getting involved in a wide array of academic and extracurricular experiences.
Whether you’re a first-year student, transferring from another Penn State
campus or other university, coming from another country, or returning after
some time away from your education, Preface can help answer your questions
about academic and student life at University Park. It also provides information
and resources that are helpful in making a smooth transition. Please take some
time to familiarize yourself with the content. I hope you find Preface to be a
We look forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve your educational goals. At Penn State,
President Eric Barron
we’re committed to student success in the classroom and in all you do. I wish you the best as you begin your
journey at University Park.
Message from the President
The Penn State Values
represent Penn State’s
core ethical aspirations
for what we do every day
as students, faculty, staff
INTEGRITY: We act with integrity and honesty in accordance with the
highest academic, professional, and ethical standards.
RESPECT: We respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace
civil discourse, and foster a diverse and inclusive community.
RESPONSIBILITY: We act responsibly, and we are accountable for our
decisions, actions, and their consequences.
DISCOVERY: We seek and create new knowledge and understanding,
and foster creativity and innovation, for the benefit of our communities,
society, and the environment.
EXCELLENCE: We strive for excellence in all our endeavors as
individuals, an institution, and a leader in higher education.
COMMUNITY: We work together for the betterment of our University,
the communities we serve, and the world.
PENN STATE VALUES: