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The following resources will help you plan your visit to Penn State's University Park campus. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Science Future Students Office at (814) 865-2609 or futurestudents@science.psu.edu.


The University Park campus is located at the geographical center of Pennsylvania. Access to the campus is available by car, bus and air. Visit our Campus Maps page for detailed directions.

The Eberly College of Science Future Students Office is located in 112 Ritenour Building, at the intersection of Shortlidge and Pollock Roads.

Visitor Permits
To obtain a visitor permit to park at Penn State, visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau located at the corner of Park Avenue and Porter Road , or the Parking Office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck to purchase a permit. Daytime parking is in the commuter lots: Lot 44 (near the Bryce Jordan Center ) and Stadium West (next to Beaver Stadium).

Visitors attending Penn State Undergraduate Admission information sessions in Shields Building will receive a complimentary parking pass to use during their visit. This parking permit is valid for the parking lots adjacent to the Bryce Jordan Center ( Lot 44) or Beaver Stadium (Stadium West). Visitors are encouraged to leave their cars in this lot during their visit and access other points on campus on foot or by using the campus bus system.

Parking Decks
Visitors may park in HUB Deck (off Shortlidge Road ), East Deck (off Bigler Road ), and Nittany Deck (beside the Nittany Lion Inn) for $1.00 per hour. When entering the deck, you must take a stub from the machine at the Kiosk Information Booth at the entrance. You must have this stub to pay for your parking. Parking decks only accept debit or credit cards for payment.

Metered Parking
Metered parking spaces are available at several other locations around campus. They are not recommended for long-term parking, but if you'd like to make a quick trip to the Creamery or the Penn State Bookstore on campus, metered spaces will make these stops more convenient for you. If you do park temporarily in a metered space, don't forget to feed the meter.

Navigating Campus
The campus map will help you locate your destination. The Loop & Link (Campus Bus System) offers a convenient option for getting around campus and downtown State College . You can catch the the Loop & Link at posted stop signs. Rides on these routes are free to all students and University visitors.

Residential Dining Options
During your visit to Penn State, you may want to sample the food at our all-you-care to-eat dining commons.

On Campus Dining Options
There are a number of on campus dining facilities, all of which welcome visitors. The HUB Dining area on the ground floor of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) offers many options. HUB Dining has a large salad bar and "grab and go" selections while Panda Express offers Chinese food and sushi. Other HUB restaurants include the familiar Burger King, Chick-fil-A, and Jamba Juice.  For those needing a little break, Starbucks and Higher Grounds both offer bagels, pastries, and coffee.

You may also want to try Au Bon Pain, a restaurant in the Kern Graduate Building is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For more formal dining on campus, you can visit The Nittany Lion Inn.

Downtown Dining Options
If you prefer to eat off campus, the downtown area of State College offers a variety of dining options. You will find a complete list of area restaurants at the Central PA CVB website.

Choose to stay at The Nittany Lion Inn or The Penn Stater, PSU's two on-campus hotels. Or visit the Central PA CVB website to explore other State College area lodging options.

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