The Pennsylvania State University Campus Info

– by Ellie Aungst

The Pennsylvania State University, one of the largest universities in the country and a member of the Big Ten Conference, was founded in 1855. The University Park Campus today covers more than 5,000 acres and provides more than 40,000 students with about 160 baccalaureate and 150 graduate programs.


Sports & Recreation

Penn State Golf Courses
Blue and White Courses
1523 W. College Ave.
814-865-GOLF (4653)
(Golf Shop & Reservations)

Two championship golf courses with something for everyone. The Blue Course, Par 72, measures 7,172 yards. The White Course, Par 72 measures 6,344 yards. The practice facility includes a spacious range, a practice bunker, putting greens, and instruction by appointment from PGA professionals. The Walker Clubhouse houses a rustic, award-winning “Top 100” golf shop, food and beverage service, and meeting space. Call eight days in advance for individual starting times. For groups of 9 or more, call the events coordinator in advance at 814-865-GOLF (4653). Golf packages are available through The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center.

Bad weather? Play indoors with two indoor golf swing simulators. Play over 70 Championship Golf Courses or practice your golf game on the driving range.

Penn State All-Sports Museum
Beaver Stadium, Curtin Road

The Penn State All-Sports Museum is truly grand. The two-story, 10,000 sq. ft. museum is a tribute to the Nittany Lions’ winning spirit. Filled with the sights, sounds, and feel of every Penn State sport, there is something for every PSU fan. The museum is living and is ever-changing, created to showcase triumphant year after triumphant year.

Regular Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Sunday 12 pm-4 pm. Closed Monday. Special football weekend hours.

A still from the animated fly through video of the new Palmer Museum of Art showing a birds eye view of the building situated within the Arboretum at Penn State Animation courtesy Allied Works and Brooklyn Digital Foundry

Visual & Performing Arts

Palmer Museum of Art
Bigler Road - NEW ADDRESS

An expansive 21st-century teaching museum, the Palmer Museum of Art is a beacon for advancing the arts and humanities on Penn State’s University Park campus and throughout its diverse communities. Through its world-class objects, programs, and outreach, the Museum is a welcoming, inclusive, and vibrant forum for authentic arts experiences that cultivates meaningful dialogue about today’s most potent ideas and pressing concerns. The Museum is dedicated to catalyzing groundbreaking research, scholarship, and publications and providing impactful, object-based learning for students of all ages. The Museum’s rewarding and thought-provoking exhibitions and programs promote visitor participation, belonging, and discovery. In its new location and building, the Palmer will foster academic collaborations and strengthen student engagement through hands-on learning in a purpose-designed classroom space, and spaces like the Teaching Gallery, designed for innovative cross-disciplinary programs. The new museum is slated to re-open June 1, 2024.

Penn State Centre Stage
Pavilion • Playhouse
Penn State Downtown Theatre

CENTRE STAGE is the professional arm of the Penn State School of Theatre and serves as a training program for emerging theatre professionals. Each Centre Stage production is created from conception to completion at Penn State using skills mastered and taught by its acclaimed theatre faculty. As a result, Penn State is one of the top-ranked universities in the country for its theatre training programs. Productions are held September–May.

School of Music, Penn’s Woods Music Festival
Recital Hall Music Building • 814-865-0431

Superior acoustics in an intimate 400-seat vineyard-style concert hall is home to over 375 free or inexpensive performances. Completed in 2018, the new Recital Hall showcases the musical talents of Penn State students, faculty, guest artists, and alumni. Two Hamburg Steinway pianos reside in the hall. Highlighting the summer, Penn’s Woods Music Festival is a popular professional music festival held in the last three weeks of June.

Center for The Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presents an array of programs, events, and opportunities for the University Park campus and Central PA region. Most performances take place in the Eisenhower Auditorium. The center welcomes jazz and classical musicians, international music artists, modern and classical dance companies, contemporary circus shows, touring Broadway productions, and family-friendly performances. Tickets are discounted for University Park students, groups, and Penn State employees.

Shavers Creek

Agriculture & Nature

Ag Progress Days
August 13-15, 2024
2710 W. Pine Grove Road,
PA Furnace • 814-865-2081

Bring your family and discover a new world of science and technology at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days. You’ll be intrigued by the latest research, marvel at new and antique farm equipment, enjoy wildlife and horse demonstrations, take in our scenic green gardens, and delight in entertaining and educational features for young and old alike. Join the tens of thousands who visit Ag Progress Days each year to see the more than 450 commercial exhibits and take part in tours, demonstrations, displays, and events. Parking and admission are free. Tues, 9 am-5 pm, Wed, 9 am-7 pm, Thurs, 9 am-4 pm.

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Road, Petersburg, PA

Inspiring discovery since 1976! As Penn State’s nature center, Shaver’s Creek connects people to nature — and to each other. A comprehensive visitor center welcomes you with exhibits, live animals, wildlife pond, and miles of hiking trails located within Stone Valley Forest. The Klingsberg Aviary and Litzinger Herpetarium feature resident birds of prey, reptiles, and amphibians for you to meet and learn from. Public programs and festivals — like morning bird walks and the Maple Harvest Festival — invite you to seek a deeper connection with nature and the seasons. Check the website for details on current offerings. The visitor center is open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from mid-January through mid-December. Come see what’s happening at Shaver’s Creek.


Penn State Transportation Services
1 Eisenhower Parking Deck

Transportation Services provides a variety of transportation programs and services to make it easy to get to and around campus. Hourly visitor parking is available at the East, HUB, Nittany, and West parking decks, and at other select parking areas using in-lot pay stations or the ParkMobile app. No-fare, ADA-accessible transit across campus is provided via CATA’s Loop and Link services, and by the University’s Campus Shuttle routes. For those who enjoy more active transportation, University Park was named a gold-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in 2020, and offers more than 800 racks for bike parking, the Bike Den DIY-bike repair and community space, multiple bike repair stations, and the popular Spin electric-assist bike share program.

Parking on campus

Hourly visitor parking is available at the East, HUB, Nittany, and West parking decks, and at select other lots using in-lot pay stations or the ParkMobile app. Most campus parking areas, including all student parking areas, are reserved 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as are specifically reserved spaces such as ADA and service/delivery unless otherwise noted on the signage posted at those spaces. Visitors should always check the signage posted at the entrance of each lot for information on reserved hours. Parking permits and parking assistance are available Monday through Friday at the Transportation Services Office at 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck.

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