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School ofPublic Policy

Why Penn State SPP?

Why Penn State SPP?

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on society? Do you aspire to shape policies that address issues and improve the lives of others? Then look no further than the Penn State School of Public Policy. Here’s why our programs stand out.

Maximum Flexibility

At the Penn State School of Public Policy, we understand that your policy interests and career aspirations are unique. That’s why we offer the flexibility to design your own policy specialization. You can choose from a range of policy areas, including environmental policy, social justice policy, health policy, criminal justice policy, education policy, or any other field that aligns with your passion. With guidance from our experienced faculty, you can tailor your education to explore and deepen your expertise in your chosen area.

Grow Your Network

When you join the Penn State School of Public Policy, you will gain access to the largest dues-paying alumni network in the world. With over 750,000 Penn State alumni worldwide, you’ll have access to a vast community of professionals who are eager to support your career goals. Our alumni network provides valuable connections, mentorship opportunities, and a strong support system throughout your journey as a policy professional.

Rigorous Academic and Professional Training 

At the Penn State School of Public Policy, we are committed to academic excellence and equipping our students with the professional skills they need to become effective public policy leaders. Our School of Public Policy offers a rigorous curriculum that combines theory, research, and practical skills. 

Global Community in a Central Location

Penn State School of Public Policy offers you the best of both worlds — a global community and a central location. Penn State attracts students and faculty from all around the world, fostering a rich and diverse learning environment. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate and network with individuals from various backgrounds, expanding your global perspective. Our central location also places us within driving distance of major metropolitan areas such as Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. This proximity provides unique access to internships, job opportunities, and networking events in the heart of policy-making and influential cities. You’ll have the chance to engage with policymakers, industry leaders, and experts, enhancing your practical understanding of public policy and opening doors to exciting career prospects.


Benefits of Joining the Wider Penn State Community

Furthermore, becoming part of Penn State University will give you access to:

  • A wide choice of elective courses from top-ranked programs in engineering, business, science, agriculture, and education, among others.
  • Fourteen Penn State graduate school disciplines ranking among the top 10 in the nation.
  • The Big Ten library system.
  • Global corporate recruiters.
  • Thousands of clubs and organizations with broad opportunities to get involved on campus.
  • Built-in networking opportunities thanks to the largest alumni association in the world.

Choosing Penn State School of Public Policy means embarking on a transformative educational journey that will prepare you to tackle the complex challenges facing our society. Join us at Penn State and be part of the next generation of policy leaders who make a difference. 

Start your journey with us today!