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Life at Penn State

Life at Penn State

With a great atmosphere, a diverse student community, and a wide range of activities, campus life at Penn State offers an unforgettable experience that goes beyond academics. Here’s a glimpse into what life is like for Penn State students. 

A Diverse and Inclusive Community

At Penn State, you’ll find a welcoming and inclusive community that celebrates diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. With over 45,000 students from all around the world, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Whether you’re living on campus or commuting, you’ll be part of a close-knit community that supports your personal growth, encourages collaboration, and provides a network of lifelong friendships.

Student Organizations and Clubs

Penn State boasts an impressive array of student organizations and clubs that cater to a wide range of interests and passions. Whether you’re interested in sports, arts, social justice, entrepreneurship, or community service, you’ll find a student organization that aligns with your interests. Joining a club not only allows you to pursue your passions but also provides opportunities for leadership development, networking, and organizing events that make a positive impact on campus and beyond.

The School of Public Policy has its very own student organization, the Penn State Public Policy Association (PSPPA). PSPPA aims to promote the development of Penn State students as scholars and future professionals in the field of public policy.  As part of this mission, the Association provides a forum for support, discussion, scholarship, social networking, and professional development for those interested in public policy. The Association also publishes a student-led public policy journal, the Penn State Public Policy Journal (PSPPJ)

Campus Events and Activities

Penn State is renowned for its lively campus life, offering an exciting calendar of events throughout the year. From concerts and theater productions to art exhibitions and cultural festivals, there’s always something happening on campus. Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA) brings renowned performers, speakers, and entertainers to campus, providing you with unforgettable experiences and a vibrant social scene.

Athletics and School Spirit

Penn State’s athletic programs have a rich history of success and enjoy tremendous support from the student body. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or just want to cheer on the Nittany Lions, attending Penn State’s sporting events is an exhilarating experience. The energy and school spirit on game days is unrivaled, creating a sense of unity and pride among students as they come together to support their teams.

Recreational Facilities and Outdoor Spaces

Penn State offers a wide range of recreational facilities, including fitness centers, swimming pools, sports fields, and indoor/outdoor tracks. These state-of-the-art facilities are available to all students and provide opportunities for physical fitness, intramural sports, and group activities. Additionally, Penn State’s campus is adorned with beautiful green spaces (the Arboretum at Penn State is a must-see), creating a serene and picturesque environment where students can relax, study, or socialize.

Volunteering and Community Engagement 

Penn State students have a strong commitment to service and making a positive impact in the community. The university provides numerous opportunities for community engagement and volunteer work through organizations such as THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. 

Culture and the Arts

Penn State embraces the arts and offers a vibrant cultural scene on campus. You can explore art galleries, attend theater performances, enjoy live music, and participate in workshops and creative events. The university also hosts cultural celebrations and showcases the diverse talents of its student body, allowing you to broaden your horizons, appreciate different cultures, and celebrate the richness of the Penn State community.


Campus life at Penn State is an immersive and exciting experience that extends beyond the classroom. Embrace the opportunities available to you, engage with the diverse community, pursue your passions, and create lifelong memories. Whether you’re attending events, joining student organizations, cheering at athletic games, or immersing yourself in the vibrant cultural scene, your time at Penn State will be marked by personal growth, meaningful connections, and a deep sense of pride in being part of the Penn State family.