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We Want You!

Accept Your Offer Today! Have you applied? If not, there’s still time to apply to be a part of Penn State York for fall 2023. The application deadline is July 30, 2023.
By: Barb Dennis
You can still be a part of the blue and white this fall!

Visit our admissions site and discover how you can be a part of Penn State York. 

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.

The Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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.

View of the backside of the Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration in the Fall of 2022.

The Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration (The Graham Center) is the newest building on campus and is home to the Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Graham Fellows Program) and the Center for Inclusive Leadership (CIL).  The almost 8,000 square-foot, two-story building features an open-concept floor plan and provides flexible space that can accommodate small collaborative student group work, individual mentoring sessions, and formal classes or lectures, as well as large events and presentations. All students can take advantage of a variety of collaborative workspaces, spots to connect, and state-of-the-art technology.

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A Graham candidate conversing with a Corporate Partner of the Graham Fellows Program during an annual networking event.

Graham candidates, Penn State York students in the Graham Fellows Program for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Graham Fellows Program), have the opportunity to network with Corporate Partners of the Graham Fellows Program during an evening event on campus. Students share their elevator pitches, practice introductions, and meet potential internship providers and employers. This is an annual event.

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Undergraduate Research

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.

Logan Coomes (right) doing research with associate professor of chemistry Andy Landis (Left)

Logan Coomes, right, a spring 2023 graduate at Penn State York student who majored in biology, worked with Andy Landis, associate professor of chemistry, doing some undergraduate research projects. Coomes also did research with other faculty members in the sciences.  The campus offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in research.

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The MAC viewed from above during the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments

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.

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Diversity on Campus

Some students at Penn State York come from nearby communities but others attend the campus from across the United States and around the world. There is 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 I Belong Week. The campus has also added Global Eats, an event designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity on our campus. Food from the country being featured is offered at no charge while supplies last.

Members of the Dwennimmen African Dance Community performing at a Global Eats event.

In celebration of Black History Month, students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to try soul food during Global Eats and watch a performance by The Dwennimmen African Dance Community. Events are offered throughout the year celebrating diversity.

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Student Life

There is plenty to do at Penn State York with more than twenty clubs and organizations, regular programming, and six collegiate sports. Most recently, the Penn State York men’s baseball team made history by becoming the first campus baseball team to compete in the Penn State University Athletic Association (PSUAC) Championship, finishing second. This past October, Logan Snyder, a Penn State York student, and member of the golf team, led players to a second-place win in the PSUAC and then went on to become the first men’s winner of the USCAA Golf Championship in the history of the PSUAC. In women’s volleyball, the team made history coming in second in the PSUAC and then winning a second-place national title in the USCAA. The men’s basketball won the 2022 championship in the PSUAC and then went on to play at a national level. All the campus sports teams have numerous student-athletes who have won awards in both conferences. Students interested in the following sports can earn a Penn State degree and continue to play the sport they love: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf for men and women, soccer, and women’s volleyball.

Women's Volleyball Championship

Penn State York completed an amazing 2022-23 season in women’s volleyball with a second-place win in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and then again made history in Penn State York Athletics with earning the runner-up slot in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  In addition to women’s volleyball, Penn State York offers baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf for men and women, and soccer.   To learn more about Penn State York athletics, visit the website.

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Spend a Summer Evening

Don’t wait any longer, accept your offer or complete the application. You may also want to attend the Spend a Summer Evening program on August 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You can also schedule a visit.

We Are Penn State, and you are going to love it here!

Virtual Campus Tour

A brief tour of the Penn State York campus, its facilties, and the resources available to ensure student success.

A small landscaped pond with waterfall outside the Main Classroom Building.

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.

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