Starting at a Commonwealth Campus

The benefits of studying at a Commonwealth campus for two years and then completing your remaining two years at University Park.

Beginning your career at a Penn State commonwealth campus is an exciting and beneficial experience. Each campus offers a unique environment for learning, taking advantage of both the small-college atmosphere and the vast resources of Penn State in one package.

The Commonwealth Campus Plan Advantages:

  • For some students, the transition from high school to college is made smoother by attending a small campus.
  • Getting to know the differences between a high school and college classroom environment, instructor expectations, and even the way technology is used in learning can be less daunting at a smaller campus.
  • For others, opportunities for involvement in campus life activities, getting to know new friends, and taking on leadership roles in student organizations are made easier by the smaller campus size.
  • Students save on tuition costs at a commonwealth campus.
  • Students also report establishing productive and lasting working relationships with faculty.  

The key to success is to make the most of the opportunities presented to you. While attending a Penn State campus, get involved in student clubs and organizations, attend cultural events, participate in research, reach out to the local community, and, of course, immerse yourself in learning about the College of Agricultural Sciences and all it has to offer both in and out of the classroom.

Engage with the College at the Campus

There are several opportunities to engage with the College while taking your base courses.  The College visits each campus, each year; take advantage of this opportunity and attend the college meeting.  In addition, through the year, there are opportunities to join a web chat and/or visit during the career fair.

For more information

Making the transition to University Park or another campus requires you to take action in LionPATH.  Before submitting your request, make sure to declare your major.  Visit the Change of Campus Policies and Procedures for more information.

Contact Information

Jenneth R. Layaou
  • Director of Campus Enrollment and Retention
Phone: 814-867-0383