The Pennsylvania State University is a public, state-related research university with campuses and facilities in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Out of the classroom? Clubs and organizations range from A to Z, including intramural and varsity sports. Entertainment and cultural events are happening all the time. Every campus is a lively, fun place to be. The diversity of our students and faculty creates an exciting mix of cultures. And you can discover even more diversity by participating in educational opportunities across the globe. Your time at the University can be some of the best years of your life. Your shared experiences help you grow and stand ready to contribute to the world. Penn State lives wherever Penn Staters are.