Abington students

Why Penn State Abington?

Choosing a college is a complicated decision. Take a few minutes to learn more about why Penn State Abington could be the right fit for you.  

The benefits of a large university in a small college setting 

Penn State Abington is a diverse, close-knit campus community. Our students can enroll in one of 23 degree programs or begin any of Penn State’s 275+ majors at Abington before transitioning to another Penn State campus. 

Your classes at Abington will be small, you will get individualized attention, and interact with faculty who are accomplished in their fields and who take a genuine interest in your future. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions and projects, and enjoy a more personal college experience.  

Students at Abington have the same access to Penn State’s global resources as those at University Park and other campuses. 

Scholarships and financial aid 

Penn State Abington supports many students through a combination of scholarships and financial aid. A variety of scholarships are available for incoming first-year students, continuing students, and those transferring from another institution.  

The Financial Aid team are experts at working with a student’s individual circumstances to try to develop an aid package that will support their unique educational goals. You are not alone in seeking aid: 38 percent of our students are eligible for federal Pell Grants and 76 percent receive financial aid. 

Lares Building

The iconic Penn State Abington duck pond with the Lares Building in the background.

Credit: Penn State


A unique and welcoming environment 

At Abington, our sense of community makes us shine. With lifelong bonds forged between students, faculty, and staff, Abington will feel like home. We are family for life with graduates returning to “pay it forward” by visiting classes, offering career connections and advice through the Center for Career and Professional Development, and raising funds to support the next generation of Abington alumni. 

From around the corner or across the globe 

Whether you are a local resident earning your degree at Abington or you’ve traveled around the world to enroll, you will have the opportunity to connect with students from a variety of backgrounds. No matter how far you move to get here, you will find a home here at Penn State Abington where our student population comes to campus from 17 states and 29 countries. 

Penn State Abington is the most diverse campus within the Penn State system, with 50 percent of the student population identifying as minorities. Our students reap the benefits of having the world in their classroom. 

A collaborative, supportive approach to learning 

Students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research alongside faculty mentors and fellow students. Our academic community helps students build relationships in smaller groups while opening the door to opportunities in research, service, and leadership development. 


Joining clubs, organizations, and athletics are key to making Abington your home. Getting involved is often the first step to forming the bonds of friendship and support that so many of our students and graduates treasure.  

Penn State Abington is an NCAA Division III campus with 13 men’s and women’s varsity sports. We also have club sports and intramural activities. 

We Are …  

Penn State Abington alumni have made their marks with careers with some of the most prominent companies worldwide. After you graduate, you will continue to be supported by your Penn State family. Once you become a Penn Stater, you are a Penn Stater for life. And with largest dues-paying alumni association in the world, that’s a network that can’t be beat! 

Penn State is one university, geographically dispersed. Choosing your campus is a matter of deciding what’s important to you—if small class sizes, choosing the major you've always dreamed of pursuing, or participating in important research is vital to you, then Penn State Abington may be the perfect fit. 

For more information on how to apply, contact the Penn State Abington Admissions team.