Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences to host open house

Posted: February 13, 2018

Prospective students and their families are invited to explore the 17 academic majors and 22 minors of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences during a spring open house on Monday, April 16, at the University Park campus.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to see what our college has to offer, meet our faculty and staff, and tour the facilities," said Jean Lonie, director of student recruitment and activities. "We are always excited to host prospective students so they can get a sense of what to expect as Nittany Lions."

Penn State was founded in 1855 as The Farmers High School. As the first institution in the nation to grant baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, Penn State blends a strong tradition of excellence in the agricultural sciences with its status as a leading innovator in the industry, according to Lonie.

During the open house, attendees will have the chance to learn more about the college and hear firsthand experiences from current students. Time is also dedicated for students to speak with advisers from the wide variety of majors offered in the college so that they can better understand the academic requirements, potential career pathways and engaged learning opportunities that are available.

Afternoon tours will highlight research labs, food science facilities, livestock barns, the student farm, greenhouses and other locations connected to the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Through the open house, prospective students and their parents can get a sense of what it is like to be a part of the agricultural sciences family at Penn State.

"With the wide variety of options that Penn State offers, choosing the right thing can seem overwhelming," Lonie notes. "Our goal is to give prospective students and their family members the chance to dig into our majors and better understand the amazing opportunities that exist for agricultural sciences graduates."

Register or learn more about majors and minors, or contact Debbie Heeman at

Written by: Erin Ahlefeld