School at a Glance

School at a Glance

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To be an innovative engineering school where making things matters


Our mission is to:

  • Deliver rigorous design-oriented programs, characterized by close student-faculty interaction, that prepare graduates for professional practice and graduate studies
  • Conduct research and outreach, in an open laboratory environment, that contributes to knowledge in our fields of expertise, supports our educational objectives, and serves the needs of industry
  • Cultivate our unique interdisciplinary educational environment that brings engineering and business together

General Facts


We pride ourselves on the following hallmarks:

  • A U.S. News & World Report Top 50 undergraduate engineering school
  • Internationally recognized Penn State degrees in a small college environment
  • Rigorous undergraduate education emphasizing practical experiences that prepare our graduates for professional practice and graduate school
  • More than 95 percent of graduates employed in field within one year
  • Opportunities for undergraduate students to engage with faculty in funded undergraduate research
  • Practical capstone design experiences, over 70% are industry sponsored, culminating in the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference
  • Excellent equipment, laboratories, and facilities in the $30 million, 160,000-square-foot Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center that opened in July 2006
  • The first engineering school in the U.S. to be co-located with an AACSB accredited school of business (Black School of Business)
  • We offer the only undergraduate software engineering degree in the Penn State system
  • Plastics Engineering Technology is one of only a handful of such programs in the country and at 10,500 square-feet, the plastics processing lab is the largest educational plastics laboratory in the country.
  • Faculty actively engaged in research and applied research centers focused on meeting the needs of our constituents
  • Outreach programs that engage and introduce K-12 students and teachers to engineering
  • One of the largest undergraduate-only engineering schools in the nation, offering both engineering and engineering technology degree programs