Common Ag Science Questions

Are there any scholarship opportunities available to students in the College of Agricultural Sciences?

Yes, The College of Agricultural Sciences offers over $2.9 million worth of scholarships annually. Once you are accepted into the College of Agricultural Sciences you are able to complete the college's scholarship application. Check out more scholarship resources here.

Is it possible to live or work in the barn facilities?

Yes, students have the opportunity to live and work at seven different facilities: the beef and sheep center, dairy barns, horse barns, meats lab, poultry barns, deer research center or swine center. Visit our Farms and Facilities page to find out more.

Are there hands-on experiences in the classroom?

Yes, there are many opportunities available. Students will experience ag up close and personal thanks to the proximity of hundreds of Ag Science facilities on the University Park campus!

How do I get involved in clubs?

The best way to get involved in any organization is to find something you are really interested in. There are over 1,000 student organizations that you can learn about on the club server, http://www.clubs.psu.edu/, or during the Involvement Fair held at the beginning of every semester in the HUB. In the College of Agricultural Sciences, we feature over 40 clubs related to all of our majors and species interests.

Academics

When I get to Penn State am I going to be just a number?

The College of Agricultural Sciences is one of the smaller colleges at Penn State University. Each department focuses on individual needs and concerns. Classes within your major are smaller than those within the general education curriculum, and the professors are interested in both the material they teach and the students in their classes. Each student is also assigned an academic advisor; if you work closely with your advisor and become involved you will not be just a number.

How do I deal with large classes when I am only used to having about 30 people in a class?

Each professor has office hours during which you are able to meet with him or her to have your questions answered. Also, many larger classes have teaching assistants (TAs), who are also available to answer questions. It may take a little more effort on your part to make sure that all of your questions are answered in a large class, but with office hours, TAs, and tools like email you should not have any problems.

What is the LEAP program?

It is a summer program geared towards incoming first year students who want to gain experience and knowledge of Penn State, classes, and college life. It provides students with the opportunity to meet faculty and friends and gain valuable experience. There are field trips to different agricultural facilities for practical application of classroom material.

Housing

What is it like living in a residence hall?

Living in a residence hall offers a good opportunity to make new friends and learn from other people about different cultures. Also, by living in a residence hall, it is often easy for students to find people who are in their classes with whom they can study for exams and homework. We encourage College of Agricultural Science students to check out our Special Living Option, Earth House! Earth House is located in North Halls, located on the edge of Ag Hill! This housing is only available to students admitted into the College of Agricultural Sciences and features suite style accommodations. Earth House residents take part in recycling efforts, visit organic farms, attend guest lectures, and participate in a variety of other educational experiences

Will the dining commons work with my food allergies?

Absolutely! There is a tremendous variety of food at each of our dining halls, so it's safe to say that you will find something you like to eat no matter how picky you might be.  Penn State Dining Services also works with students that have different allergies as well and is very accommodating.