The chemistry experience at Penn State is more than lectures and labs. Students can connect outside the classroom through on-campus clubs and student organizations, like the Nittany Chemical Society and Women in the Sciences and Engineering. The chemistry community at Penn State is warm and welcoming, and many of our students graduate with life-long friends and mentors. Explore our student life page to see how you can make the Department of Chemistry your home!
For Engaged Scholarship opportunities like Research, Teaching, Mentoring, and Outreach, please visit our Engaged Scholarship page to find out more!
NCS is a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society. It is a chemistry interest group that aims to spread the love of science and chemistry throughout the Penn State Community. Pictured to the right are NCS members after an outreach event.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields.
The award-winning Penn State Women in Engineering Program implements initiatives to augment pre-college recruitment, undergraduate retention, leadership development, and career enrichment for women in engineering.
NOBCChE is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields.
Living in State College
State College is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania! Living in State College offers residents an urban feel in a friendly, small-town environment. Residents of State College enjoy many first-rate restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.
Things to Do
The Penn State community is culturally alive and vibrant. Residents enjoy annual events such as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and First Night.
From classical concerts to popular artists, fine art galleries to LateNight crafts, and performance art to theater productions, Penn State has opportunities for you to experience the arts in whatever way you choose.
State College offers a rich variety of on and off campus housing options. Beautiful, modern apartments and homes are available at affordable rates. Many apartment complexes offer world-class amenities such as onsite laundry and fitness and entertainment facilities. Crime rates are very low, so students can feel safe in any neighborhood!
There are many outdoors activities around State College! Centre County has several recreation centers and facilities for year-round fun, including cycling, fishing, hiking, camping, golf, ice skating and more.