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About Us

Penn State University Park

Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University includes 24 campuses throughout the state, with a total enrollment of 95,800 students. University Park is the largest Penn State campus, situated in the heart of Pennsylvania and home to about 44,000 undergraduate students. Penn State’s 17 colleges offer students a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

Penn State University Park students know there’s something special about this campus—whether it’s the chimes ringing out from the bell tower of Old Main, the excitement of game day, or the simple pleasure of grabbing an ice cream cone from the nationally renowned Berkey Creamery

Living on campus is another experience that many University Park students wouldn’t give up for anything, and our residence halls are in high demand. About 13,700 students live on campus, and that includes all first-year students, who are required to live on campus and are guaranteed housing. Students who want to live on campus after their first year participate in a random lottery system for on-campus housing.

Penn State also offers the living on campus experience at several Commonwealth Campuses throughout Pennsylvania.

Living on Campus

University Park features residence halls all over campus—from North to South, East to West!

North Halls

Many first-year students that live in the all-coed North Halls residence area are a  part of a Special Living Option. North Halls is the smallest housing complex on campus, and accommodates students in two- and four-person suites, and suitemates share a private bath. 

South Halls

South Halls is flanked by campus on one side and downtown State College on the other. South Halls has offers traditional residence halls, several of which are reserved exclusively for sorority groups. Most students share a double room with one roommate and common bathrooms.

East Halls

East Halls is the largest residence hall complex on campus, with all of the space is reserved for first-year students. The halls offer double rooms with one roommate, as well as several supplemental housing spaces. Students share a common bathroom on each floor.

West Halls

West Halls features a traditional collegiate residence style. Brick buildings open onto a quad with symmetrical walkways and arches that lead to the heart of campus. Room accommodations include regular double with one roommate and a common bathroom on each floor.

Pollock Halls

Pollock has several residence halls which are reserved exclusively for first-year students. Most residents share a double room with one roommate and a common bathroom on the floor.

Dining on Campus

No matter where you live on campus, you’re never far away from a delicious meal or a quick snack. From dining commons in each residence hall area to popular restaurants such as Panda Express and Sbarro in the HUB to cafes and coffee shops sprinkled throughout campus, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. To make things even easier, we offer a flexible Campus Meal Plan.  

Social Life on Campus

One of the great things about living on campus at University Park is that there’s always something to do. Varsity and intramural sports, movies, concerts, late night activities, guest speakers—it’s all here on campus. Want to get involved and meet new friends? Consider joining one of the many clubs and organizations at University Park.