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A Guide to Penn State Beaver For Students, Parents and Guardians

Academic Life

At Penn State Beaver, faculty members not only teach but also serve as advisors to students. This means you’re getting guidance from experts in your chosen area of study. Our small-campus environment makes it easy to learn no matter how tough your classes are. For more information visit the Academics page

  • Average class size:
    25 students
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:
  • Full-time faculty members:
  • Library access:
    Resources available from Penn State’s 24 locations, as well as from all of the other Big Ten universities.
  • The entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled.

Center for Academic Achievement

The Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) offers several services for students, including: professional and peer tutors, textbook copies, specialized software programs, a website with hundreds of tip sheets and mini lessons, and testing and other accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The CAA also provides a comfortable and quiet study environment. For more information visit the CAA page

  • Peer and professional tutoring is available in nearly every course Penn State Beaver offers.
  • Services are free of charge and available to all students.
  • Writing assistance is available to help students working on papers and essays.

Campus Life

There’s much to do outside of the classroom at Penn State Beaver. Intercollegiate sports, intramurals, student government, and community service are just a few of the options that keep students busy. Student activities provide students with a fun way to become involved, and are also a great way to develop leadership skills. For more information visit the Student Life page

  • More than 15 clubs and organizations.
  • Several on-campus and off-campus events and activities every week.
  • Comedians, bands, and speakers chosen by students to perform on campus throughout the year.
  • Trips that take students to downtown Pittsburgh, Penn State football and hockey games, Washington, D.C., and beyond!
  • Study abroad opportunities in more than 54 countries.
  • Co-curricular clubs and activities, including: business club, IST club, student newspaper, and more!

Campus Safety

University Police provide 24-hour-a-day, year-round protection certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. Call boxes are located around campus and escort services are available upon request. For more information visit the campus safety page

  • Police officers maintain daily crime log, open to the public, along with campus crime statistics for a three-year period.
  • Through Operation Identification, police officers help students mark their valuables to deter theft and aid in the recovery of lost or stolen items.

Resident Students

Penn State Beaver’s Harmony Hall provides a safe and comfortable environment in which students can live, learn, and grow. With space for more than 200 students and daily student life activities in which to get involved, you will make friendships that last a lifetime. For more information visit the residence life page

  • Well-furnished rooms equipped with a bed, dresser, desk, a combination microwave-refrigerator and more!
  • Free cable and Internet access available in every room.
  • Weekend events and activities.
  • Professional and student staff members provide guidance and supervision.
  • Close to Pittsburgh International Airport.

Jobs and Internships

Between career service resources, a world-renowned alumni association, and top notch academics, Penn State students are in demand for jobs and internships. Our faculty and staff will work with you to find internships and train you to make an impression with mock interviews, resume workshops, and more! For more information visit the Career Services page

  • Full-time career counselor on staff.
  • On-campus resources and events to help you find jobs and internships.
  • Past student internships include: The Pittsburgh Penguins, The Pittsburgh Pirates, Bayer, FedEx, Rue 21, BNY Mellon, and more!

Research Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to get involved in undergraduate research from day one. Conducting research with professors allows students to utilize what they learn in class and build their resume with real-world experience. For more information visit the research page

  • Research opportunities in a wide array of fields.
  • Get your name published in papers and publications alongside our professors.

Social Media

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  • Facebook
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  • Twitter
    Follow @PennStateBeaver to get instant access to campus events and activities. Receive student life and athletic updates. See what’s trending on campus.
  • Instagram
    See one of a kind views of campus on Instagram @PennStateBeaver. Stay updated on campus events and activities. Connect with current students and alumni.
  • YouTube
    Take a virtual tour of campus. Experience what Penn State Beaver has to offer. Experience campus events.
  • Google+
    Live chat with us using Google+ Hangouts by searching Penn State Beaver. Connect with current students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Skype
    Add PSU_Beaver_Admissions to ask questions and get answers. Talk directly to admissions and financial aid.


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