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Penn State York’s academic programs include 12 bachelor’s degree programs, 5 associate degrees, and a masters of education in Teaching and Curriculum you can complete without leaving York. There’s also a variety of minors and certificates you can earn. The campus also offers the first two years of more than 275 majors through the 2+2 program. Students spend two years with us and then transition to another Penn State campus to finish their degree.
Unique to the campus is the Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Graham Fellows Program). The Graham Fellows Program offers students the opportunity to develop a skill set for success. The program is designed to enhance students’ career preparation experiences through interdisciplinary coursework, mock interviews, workshops in résumé writing, etiquette dining, networking opportunities with local businesses, and, in some cases, internships. The Graham Speaker Series also provides students with opportunities to meet and hear from local and national leaders in a variety of career fields.
The Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration (The Graham Center) is the newest building on campus. The almost 8,000 square-foot, two-story building features a variety of collaborative work spaces, meeting rooms, spots to connect, and state-of-the-art technology.
Nic Anzalone, left, put his summer to good use as an intern at Shipley Energy through the Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Graham Fellows Program). Anzalone worked with Mike Hilbert, controller at Shipley Energy, and produced reports, led meetings, and was an important part of the company.
Undergraduate research opportunities are available, and students can work alongside a faculty member to publish research findings, write and present a paper, or attend a conference. These hands-on experiences provide students with learning far beyond the classroom.
Studying their eight-legged friends, and increasing their “spidey-sense,” Juan Sanchez, a Penn State York student majoring in biology, examines a spider along with Dr. Jessica Petko, fondly known as the spider lady at Penn State York. Petko, an assistant professor of biology at the campus, provides a variety of undergraduate research opportunities for students.
Each April the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments takes place and highlights the work students do with faculty members. The posters and presentations represent all academic disciplines on campus. The exhibition continues to grow each year as faculty members work with more students.
Some students at Penn State York come from nearby communities but others attend the campus from across the country and around the world. There’s a rich sense of diversity on campus and plenty of events to introduce students to new cultures, from the celebration of Lunar New Year to Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month., and Unity Day.
Lunar New Year, sometimes referred to as Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is celebrated each year at Penn State York. The festivities are free and open to the campus community. The event is sponsored by Global Programs, Cultural Diversity and Enrichment Committee, and the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA) at the campus. The event features a variety of activities including learning to paint Chinese characters, cutting intricate designs from rice paper, lantern painting, the Chopstick Challenge, Chinese card games, Mahjong, and sampling Asian food.
There’s plenty to do with more than 20 clubs and organizations, and seven collegiate sports, including baseball, men and women’s basketball, golf for men and women, soccer, and women’s volleyball. Men’s Basketball won the 2019 Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Championship and then went on to play in the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship Tournament.
We are the champions! The Penn State York men’s basketball team won the 2019 Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Championship with a last-second score in overtime against the #1 seed, Penn State Wilkes-Barre. In addition to men’s basketball, Penn State York offers, baseball, golf for men and women, soccer, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball.
Raising money for children battling pediatric cancer, Penn State York students put on their dancing shoes for the 46-hour Penn State Dance Marathon. Penn State York holds a variety of events to raise money For The Kids (FTK) and sends dancers to THON every year. The THON group is just one of the more than twenty clubs and organizations at the campus. Left to right: Alvin Chen, Paige Barlow, and Jen Taylor, the York campus dancers for THON 2020. THON 2021 was a virtual event. Caitlyn Heffner (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the York THON chair for 2022. The THON group will be meeting starting at the beginning of the fall semester.
Don’t wait any longer, accept your offer or complete the application. You may also want to attend the virtual Spend A Summer Evening program on July 20 or the in-person event on August 3. You can also schedule a visit.
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Take a virtual tour of the Penn State York campus with one of our Lion Ambassadors!
Take a break and relax at the beach, located outside the Main Classroom Building. This popular student area includes a water feature and plenty of tables and chairs for students to meet and talk with friends, study, or just breathe.