Three students having a discussion with President Neeli Bendapudi in Polli Hall, the Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration.

Options are a good thing

Penn State provides access to a variety of academic programs through the 2+2 Plan, but that’s not the only way to earn a degree, or should we say 275+ degrees?
By: Barb Dennis
Penn State’s 20 Commonwealth Campuses throughout Pennsylvania provide a variety of opportunities.

Penn State offers more than 275 academic programs from our 20 locations across the state. We want to give students the freedom to live and learn in the type of academic environment best for them.

Some students come to Penn State York for one of our twelve degree programs and stay at our suburban campus located in South-central Pennsylvania near Harrisburg and just one hour north of Baltimore, Maryland.

Other students spend two years with us and then transition to another Penn State campus to finish their degree. This program is called “2+2 Plan.”

A professor and students in a classroom.

Penn State York offers a B.A. or B.S. in psychology that can be completed on campus, or students can do the first two years in York and move on to another Penn State location to complete the degree. Stephen Foster, Ph.D., works with students in one of the newest courses offered on campus, Psychology of Serial and Mass Murders (PSYCH 467).  The newest degrees offered in their entirety at York, Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations and Information Technology, offer students more opportunities to complete their degree locally. Either way, students have an opportunity to engage with award-winning faculty members and perhaps participate in undergraduate research.

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The 2+2 Plan

2+2 Plan

Whitney Brown started her Penn State story at Penn State York, and took advantage of the 2 + 2 program.  She graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor of science in science with the legal studies, government service, and public policy option.  She also earned a minor in African American Studies.

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More than 50 percent of all Penn State students complete their degrees with the 2+2 Plan.

Although there are many Penn State locations, all of our academic programs are the same. So, no matter where you start or finish your Penn State degree program, your diploma will say The Pennsylvania State University.

Learn more about the 2+2 Plan at Penn State York.

Check out the list of Penn State’s 275 academic programs.

Students celebrating Holi

Whether you stay for two or four years at Penn State York, you’ll experience a campus rich in diversity and a community of students, faculty, and staff proud to be part of Penn State.  Holi, known as the festival of colors, is a time to celebrate spring and new life.   It is sponsored by the Multicultural Club and is open to the campus community.

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Penn State Community Impact

Penn State York is improving the lives of others, starting here in our community. From engaging the community in the arts to providing lifelong learning, to join growing industries like cybersecurity and human development and family studies. On campus—and virtually— ideas become reality with help from our entrepreneurial facilities and resources. Opportunities to hone critical thinking skills in real world settings help prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Researchers and students partner to develop solutions that benefit our region and the world. From strengthening families to studying infectious diseases. And our impact keeps growing. Students, faculty, staff,and community members backed by the strength of twenty-four campuses and 740,000 alumni.

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