The students featured below are a resource for prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, and students at Penn State University. If you have any questions regarding their program of study, student organization participation, college enrollment, or any background information feel free to contact them!
College of Agricultural Sciences
The first of the colleges established at Penn State University, the College of Agricultural Sciences awarded the nation's first baccalaureate degrees in agriculture in 1861. Some majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences include Immunology and Infectious Disease, Environmental Resource Management, Food Science, Toxicology, and Plant Sciences.
Major: Environmental Resource Management
Minor: International Agriculture
Other Involvements: Environmental Resource Management Society, Council of Sustainable Leaders
Favorite Course: CHEM 202: Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Major: Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Other Involvements: Wildlife Society
Favorite Course: WFS 408: Mammalogy & Lab
College of Arts & Architecture
The College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State University is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines. Some majors in the College of Arts & Architecture include Art History, Dance, Music Education, Musical Theatre, and Graphic Design.
Majors: Integrative Arts & Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management
Other Involvements: Penn State Thespians, Glee Club, Singing Lions, Lion's Caucus
Favorite Course: MUS 97: Glee Club
Majors: Visual Arts & Advertising
Other Involvements: Club Field Hockey, THON, Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Favorite Course: ART 223: Studio Drawing & Painting
Smeal College of Business
The Penn State Smeal College of Business is a vibrant intellectual community offering highly ranked undergraduate education opportunities to more than 6,000 students from across the country and around the world. Some majors within the Smeal College of Business include Accounting, Finance, Management, and Supply Chain Management.
Other Involvements: Homecoming Internal Development Director, Futures - THON Special Interest Organization, Women in Business, THON Dancer Relations
Favorite Class: MKTG 330: Consumer Behavior
Major: Management, focus in Organizational Leadership
Minor: Humanitarian Engineering & Social Entrepreneurship
Other Involvements: Sapphire Leadership Academic Program, Presidential Leadership Academy, THON Donor & Alumni Relations - Development Captain
Favorite Class: MGMT 355: Leadership and Change in Organizations
Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State provides opportunities and resources of a large university with a personalized feel and support of a small school. As the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation, students can find a place where they can fit and succeed. Some majors within the Bellisario College of Communications include Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, and Media Studies.
Majors: Advertising & Applied French
Other Organizations: Concert Choir, Volunteers in Public Schools Tutor
Favorite Class: FR 201: Oral Communication and Reading Comprehension
Majors: Film/Video & Spanish
Minor: Media Studies, Global and International Studies
Other Organizations: THON, Homecoming, Stand For State, Student Engagement Network
Favorite Class: COMM 440: Advanced Cinematography and Lighting Techniques
College of Earth & Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State boasts a storied history, one that started in 1859 with the University’s first earth sciences courses and stretches today to the borders of the Commonwealth and beyond. Talented students come to the college from across the country and around the globe to be part of the discoveries and decisions that will shape our planet's future. Some majors within the College of Earth and Mineral Science include Energy Engineering, Geobiology, and Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.
Major: Energy Engineering
Minors: Entrepreneurship and Innovation & Environmental Engineering
Other Involvements: THON -- OPPerations
Favorite Class: EGEE 438: Wind Power
Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Minor: Polymers Science
Other Involvements: The Pennharmonics A Cappella Group & Rebuild-U
Favorite Class: MATSE 400: Crystal Chemistry
College of Education
The College of Education will be a world leader in the integration of teaching and learning, advancement of the knowledge base through research and scholarship, and leadership in service and outreach. Further, the College will be a world leader in preparing professionals who provide leadership and exemplary educational and related services to improve the lives of individuals in a changing and complex global society. Some majors within the College of Education include Secondary Education, World Language Education, and Educational Policy.
Major: Childhood & Early Adolescent Education (PK-4)
Minors: Special Education and Human Development & Family Studies
Other Involvements: Relay For Life of Penn State, THON Dancer Relations Committee, Penn State Homecoming, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Sigma Sigma
Favorite Class: HDFS 129: Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies
Major: Middle-Level English Education
Other Involvements: Campus Recreation Employee, Penn State Learning Writing Tutor, College of Education Student Council, Impact (special interest THON org)
Favorite Class: SOC 119: Race & Ethnic Relations
College of Engineering
The Penn State College of Engineering is one of the leading engineering schools in the country. The rigorous academic standards coupled with the cutting edge research across many engineering disciplines provides students with both real-world experience and communication skills. Majors within the College of Engineering include Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Industrial Engineering.
Majors: Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Other Involvements: Women in Engineering Program Facilitator, College of Engineering Career Envoy, State of State - Executive Director
Favorite Class: BME 320:Fluid Dynamics
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Psychology & Mathematics
Other Involvements: Schreyer Honors College, Women in Engineering Program, University Park Undergraduate Association
Favorite Class: CMPSC 465: Data Structures & Algorithms
College of Health & Human Development
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Minor: Human Development & Family Studies
Other Involvements: Child Life Club (Vice President & Co Founder), Mortar Board - President, Springfield - THON, Discovery Space
Favorite Class: HDFS 129: Introduction to Human Development & Family Studies
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Other Involvements: THON - Special Events Captain, Alpha Xi Delta, Biobehavioral Health Society, Pre-Physician Assistant Club
Favorite Class: BBH 316: Foundations & Principles of Health Promotion
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The digital age has made the world smaller, faster, more interactive and increasingly mobile. But no matter how fast and smart machines become, they still rely on the power of human creativity. It’s people that create new ways to look at and evaluate the infinite opportunities of the digital age. IST draws on a variety of knowledge disciplines to help individuals unlock the power of their own creativity and fuel the world’s most powerful problem solving machine—the human mind. Some majors in the College of Information Science and Technology include Security and Risk Analysis, Data Science, Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations.
Major: Information Science and Technology
Minor: Labor and Employment Relations
Other Involvements: THON, Impact - THON special interest organization
Favorite Class: IST 301: Information & Organizations
Major: Information Science and Technology
Minors: Security and Risk Analysis & Cybersecurity
Other Involvements: Resident Assistant
Favorite Class: SRA 221: Overview of Information Security
College of the Liberal Arts
The College of the Liberal Arts community is comprised of talented individuals who work hard to advance the College and the education we offer. The faculty, staff, and students also are part of our larger Penn State local, and global community. Some majors within the College of the Liberal Arts include Political Science, Psychology, History, Criminology, and Economics.
Majors: Sociology & Political Science
Other Involvements: World in Conversation Mentor and Leader & Springfield benefiting THON
Favorite Class: PLSC 453 - Political Processes in Underdeveloped Systems
Majors: Political Science & Psychology
Other Involvements: University Park Undergraduate Association, Paterno Fellow
Favorite Class: PLSC 309 - Quantitative Political Analysis
Eberly College of Science
Major: Biology- Genetics Option
Other Involvements: Genetic Research and Mathematic Research, Teaching our Tomorrow, THON
Favorite Class: BIOL 432 - Developmental Genetics
Major: Biology - Vertebrate Physiology
Other Involvements: Facilitator - Students Engaging Students, Special Events Committee Member - THON, Resident Assistant
Favorite Class: BIOL 416 - Biology of Cancer
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Division of Undergraduate Studies is home to the undecided major at Penn State. This process includes thinking about who you are and who you want to become, and finding the opportunities available at Penn State to help you meet those goals. Following one's time in DUS, students are prepared to enter into their explored career path. In fact, 97% of students who start in DUS and enter their major will not switch out of the college it is within.
Peyton began her Penn State journey within the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
Other Involvements: Undergraduate Research, Teaching Assistant, Greek Life, THON Committee, Peer Mentor, Orientation Mentor
Favorite Class: HIST 492: Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe
Wil began his Penn State journey within the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
Major: Health Policy and Administration
Other Involvements: Ohana - President, Class Gift Campaign
Favorite Class: HPA 332 - Health Systems Management