Why Penn State?

Be an essential part of something special.

There’s no place like Penn State. The difference is our people and our purpose.

Penn State is a million-strong, worldwide community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff who take your success and happiness personally. Your fellow students aren’t just classmates. At Penn State, you could meet some of your best friends for life.

Our shared purpose is developing and implementing the tools to make the world a better place. Our University family capitalizes on our combined brain power and incredible facilities to tackle real challenges head on. Challenges like cancer, climate change, and food and energy security—Penn State is leading the charge. You won’t be a spectator. You’ll be rolling up your sleeves and joining the fight to make the world a better place.

Opportunity, excellence, and excitement are everywhere at Penn State. We are in Happy Valley, on campuses near you across Pennsylvania, serving around the planet, and studying online. Join us.

Academics and Scholarships in the College of Ag SciencesAcademics and Scholarships in the College of Ag Sciences

Penn State offers the only comprehensive educational program in agricultural sciences in Pennsylvania. We’re ranked among the top 10 programs in the world. We’re also a national leader in agricultural research, offering more than $80,000 in support of undergraduate research. If you want to be involved in research, you will have the opportunity.

You can choose from a variety of majors and minors with more than 650 different courses. You’ll find incredible opportunities in an active learning environment.

Our students become scientists, engineers, financial analysts, educators, vets, landscape contractors, animal production managers, and plant producers. What holds them together? A love of discovery, a love of the outdoors, a demand for excellence, a drive to make an impact, and a love of Penn State. We invite you to learn more and visit us on Ag Hill. We are confident we have something for you—including approximately $2 million in scholarships!

Our ProfessorsOur Professors

Our faculty is conducting cutting-edge research that is changing the world. But the first commitment is developing you. Our professors are growing the next generation of leaders through the integration of a wide range of academic experiences inside and outside the classroom. With one faculty member for every 16 students on our core courses, you’ll receive mentorship and guidance that is tailored to your talents and needs. We'll challenge you to push your intellectual limits and engage in internships, research projects, competition, and international travel. We’ll demand that your professional competence and preparation for further study is nothing short of exceptional.

Multiple Campus LocationsMultiple Campus Locations

You can begin your Penn State journey at any of our 20 campuses across Pennsylvania. Spending your first two years at one of our smaller locations may be the perfect fit.


This is your time to get out of your comfort zone and try the new and different. Explore more than 40 student clubs and organizations. Study abroad. Become an entrepreneur. Join an intramural sports team. Take advantage of the numerous activities and performances on campus and around town. If you have an interest, you’ll find a way to see it or do it.


The College of Ag Sciences has a small-college atmosphere with 3,000 students, but big opportunities to make friends for life. Students come from farms, small towns, and big cities. Students are from Pennsylvania, every state in the union, and countries all over the world. This is your chance to find a new home and meet the world.