Public Insitutions

On November 12, 1982, Act 188 was signed into law establishing Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education on July 1, 1983, including the 13 former state colleges and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Today, the State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses, the McKeever Environmental Learning Center, and Dixon University Center.


The System's purpose, as outlined in Act 188, is " provide high quality education at the lowest possible cost to students." The System universities, located in rural, suburban, and small-town settings throughout Pennsylvania, educate more students per year than any other higher educational institution in the state.


Three State-Related institutions are governed by the Commission for Commmonwealth Universities.


Penn State's University Park Campus, in Centre County is the administrative hub of a statewide system of campuses. It is the primary site for graduate study and enrolls more than half of all Penn State undergraduates. (See: Schools and Colleges for more information) An initiative started here recently that eventually will reach new learners throughout the commonwealth, and well beyond, is the virtual Penn State World Campus.)

State System


Penn State

Pennsylvania State University

Penn State Abington

Penn State Altoona

Penn State Beaver

Penn State Berks

Penn State Brandywine

Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Penn State DuBois

Penn State Erie / The Behrend College

Penn State Fayette

Penn State Great Valley

Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Hazleton

Penn State Lehigh Valley

Penn State Greater Allegheny

Penn State Hershey / Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Mont Alto

Penn State New Kensington

Penn State Schuylkill

Penn State Shenango


Founded in 1855, Penn State is Pennsylvania's only land-grant university and has a broad mission of teaching, research and public service. It enrolls more than 80,000 students at 24 campus locations statewide, and offers instruction in more than 160 baccalaureate and 150 graduate programs. The University Park campus, with an enrollment of some 40,000 students, is Penn State's administrative and research hub. The campus is located in central Pennsylvania, adjacent to the community of State College and overlooked by majestic Mount Nittany.


Other Penn State campuses -- including these above -- play a vital role in the University's overall mission. There is a Penn State campus within commuting distance of virtually every Pennsylvanian


Suite 15 No. 214, 950 Walnut Bottom Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015

Toll-Free Phone: 1-800-687-9010  |  Fax: 717.240.0673