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Why Penn State?

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Thinking about coming to Penn State for graduate school? Here are some reasons to consider Penn State Science.

Cutting-edge research

The graduate programs in the Eberly College of Science have a curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary learning and research. Graduate education draws on the strength of our faculty, research programs, and facilities. Our students have the distinction of attending a university known for developing leaders in the life, physical, and mathematical sciences. Through our research efforts, Penn State Science and our students positively impact not only the country, but the world and beyond. 

Emerging research areas of within the college include nanoscience and nanotechnology, genomics, and forensic science.

Passionate faculty

While at Penn State, you will be mentored by nationally and internationally renowned scholars and scientists. Our faculty members are passionate educators who are dedicated to their research and work hard to make discoveries that make impact on society and the world.

Our faculty and students engage in interdisciplinary research within our departments, through collaborations with national and international colleges and universities, and through the college's research centers and institutes.

Financial support

Most graduate students are supported by a variety of fellowships and by research and teaching assistant supplements. Visit The Graduate School for more information on graduate funding. Visit the Office of Student Loans & Scholarships for information on loans and scholarships.

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Penn State's main campus, University Park, is located near the center of Pennsylvania, in State College, also known as Happy Valley. The Centre region has a resident population of about 80,000. The region offers excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Ranked as the #2 college town in the U.S. by USA Today for academics, quality of life and professional opportunities, State College is known for being student-centered and accessible. It is a location that appeals to those who have come from an urban setting, a rural setting, or anything in between.

In addition to world class athletic events, there are many other activities, including fine dining, shopping, and nightlife downtown, live theater performances and concerts, and museums and movies.

Penn State is a five minute drive from the University Park airport and less than half a day's drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Baltimore.


The University

Penn State is a land-grant, major research university founded in 1855. Graduate work began in 1862 with two students. Today, the Graduate School has approximately 2,800 faculty members and grants degrees in about 140 majors.



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