One of the oldest universities in America and founded in 1855, Pennsylvania State University- Penn State York is commonly referred to as Penn State. This historical school started off as an agricultural college. This institution received university status in 1953. Pennsylvania State University – Penn State York is located in Pennsylvania Park, Pennsylvania and has 19 other locations around the state, which includes a school of law, a medical school, a school of technology, and a distance education program.
Known for its strong technical and scientific fields, Penn State University- Penn State York offers an array of majors for pursuit of a bachelors degree, in agriculture, education and the social sciences. Penn State also offers associate degrees which can be received in 2 years in areas of study such as criminal justice, business administration, occupational therapy, nursing and many other disciplines. Penn State does not require that a prospective student have a certain GPA for acceptance, nor is a minimum standardized test score from the SAT or ACT required for a decision alone. Instead Penn State relies on a combination of the prospective students GPA, standardized test score, class rank, and the extracurricular activities the student has engaged in. All prospective students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their admissions packet. In addition to the other components of the application process, the personal statement holds some weight in making a decision regarding acceptance.