Quick Facts


  • Located in McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; 15 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and 15 minutes from the Waterfront shopping and entertainment complex.
  • Fifty-two acre campus located between residential community of White Oak and McKeesport's Renziehausen Park, a 258-acre park with walking trails, tennis courts, athletic fields, and gardens.

Academic Programs

  • Bachelor's degrees in: Administration of Justice; Biobehavioral Health; Business; Communications; English; Information Sciences and Technology; Letters, Arts and Sciences; Project and Supply Chain Management; and Psychology, plus the first two years of more than 160 Penn State degrees
  • Minors in Business, Civic and Community Engagement, Communications Arts and Mass Media, English, IST, Psychology, and Sustainability Leadership
  • Credit certificate programs covering a range of topics
  • Credit and noncredit continuing education programs

Academic Enrichment

  • More than 40 full-time faculty; average class size of eighteen students 
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research and service learning
  • Honors Program  
  • Campus designated as an international campus
  • Faculty diversifying curriculum to reflect global perspective. The area for 2017-2018 is Western Africa. The theme for 2017-2018 is migration.

Student Body

  • Approximately 600 students
  • Diverse student populations: including African American, Asian and Hispanic students; students hail from more than twenty states and two foreign countries; more than thirteen percent are adult learners
  • Approximately 20% live in campus housing; 80% commute from off-campus housing or home


  • Excellence in teaching and advising
  • Incorporating service-learning into classes
  • Active in research, publishing and mentoring


  • $5.5 million Student Community Center located in the heart of the campus and the center of the community, this multi-use facility provides educational and cultural opportunities for students and residents of the region
  • Fitness and Cultural Center with $130,000 worth of fitness equipment spread out over 4,000 square feet; additional renovations in progress
  • Nine additional buildings including: classroom, administrative and laboratory buildings; library, computer center; residence hall for 214 students; gym with weight and fitness rooms and courts for basketball, volleyball and racquetball; specialized labs for sciences, IST, engineering, and computing 


  • All buildings operate on wireless network
  • High-tech classrooms, computer labs with specialized computer software
  • All students have free email accounts and Internet access
  • Six to one student-to-computer ratio

Student Aid

  • More than 80 percent of students receive financial aid (loans, scholarships, grants, work-study)
  • Endowment valued at $3.4 million generates almost $250,000 a year for student scholarships
  • All That's Jazz scholarship gala held in the fall to raise additional funds. More than $900,000 raised since 2004

Student Support Services

  • John H. Gruskin Learning Center provides free academic support for all students
  • Academic & Career Excellence (ACE)—Trio program funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education
  • J. Clarence Kelly Library provides access to University’s complete holdings and Big 10 library collections
  • Comprehensive health and wellness services
  • Career Services provides support for internships, career exploration, and job searches

Campus Life

  • Active Student Government Association (SGA) and Lion Ambassadors
  • Wide variety of clubs and social organizations
  • Varsity sports, intramural athletics and club teams
  • On-campus entertainment and cultural events 


  • More than 12,000 Penn State alumni attended Penn State McKeesport since its founding in 1948
  • Alumni are represented by the Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Society, founded in 1982
  • Philanthropy: the Society gave $25,000 to the new Student Community Center fund to name the Nittany Lion Shrine & Garden
  • Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Scholarship provides needed aid to future alumni
  • Society hosts an annual breakfast with Santa for 100 children affiliated with area social services agencies
  • Opportunities in teaching, mentoring, admissions volunteers, campus advocates, and career services 

Community Outreach

  • Pennsylvania Educational Partnership program (PEPP), and Pennsylvania Career and Technical Educational Center are located on campus  
  • Dual Enrollment and SAT preparation courses
  • Pathways to Success Program, funded by the Claude W. Benedum Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation, offered in the East Allegheny and Washington County School Districts

Making Life Better

  • Penn State contributes $6.14 billion annually, the Commonwealth's single largest contributor to the state’s economy according to A study by Tripp Umbach and Associates.
  • Penn State Greater Allegheny generated nearly $3.7 million in tax revenue for the state and $184,260 in government revenue for Allegheny County