All About Penn State

ALL ABOUT PENN STATE: Penn State History & Traditions

Penn State University, located in State College and founded in 1855, has seen countless students come and go over the decades. These students have been instrumental in shaping the history and traditions that many Penn State fans hold near and dear today.

From the very beginning, Old Main was a hub for students. Now serving as an administrative office, it’s one of the university’s most enduring landmarks. Originally built in the 1850s and rebuilt around 1930, this grand building has seen decades of Penn State history unfold on its front steps.

It’s a little-known fact that Penn State’s first unofficial mascot helped build the original Old Main. Born in Kentucky in 1855, a mule nicknamed “Old Coaly” helped haul limestone blocks to the construction site.

Old Coaly stayed on to work at the university and surrounding farms, and he became...

ALL ABOUT PENN STATE: The Pegula Ice Arena & PSU Hockey

Since its construction in 2013, the 6,014-seat Pegula Ice Arena has been the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, plus countless other community events.

Located on the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive in State College, it’s named after its primary donors, Kim and Terry Pegula, who made the largest donation in Penn State’s history to help build the rink.

Penn State's men’s hockey program first began in 1938, but the current program traces its beginnings back to 1971 when the program was restarted on a non-NCAA level. The women’s team began as the “Lady Icers” during the ’96-97 season as a club team, and like the men’s team, played in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.



Perfect for a stroll or picnic, The Arboretum at Penn State is sure to please.

Opened in the fall of 2009, this relatively new addition to campus is 395 acres and includes the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. The arboretum is Penn State’s second (the first is at Penn State Behrend), and the second in Centre County (the other being Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden in nearby Centre Hall).

The arboretum’s mission is simple: to promote scholarship and education about plants, their history and their importance on earth.

It’s an easy place to spend an hour or two enjoying the wide variety of flora that call the gardens home. It’s especially beautiful in spring when flowers are in bloom (you can use their interactive...

ALL ABOUT PENN STATE: Undergraduate Degrees & More

If you’re considering a four-year baccalaureate degree from Penn State, you might have a hard time choosing which program to study. With 12 academic colleges and more than 275 majors to choose from at the University Park campus in State College, students have a wealth of options.

From the sciences to the liberal arts, there’s an academic college for every interest. Within each college, a multitude of majors are offered. Most programs are even part of the 2+2 Plan, which gives students the opportunity to study for two years at a branch campus before completing their final two years at University Park.

Great options like the 2+2 Plan exist to help students reach their maximum potential. But what happens when a student doesn’t know where to start their undergraduate career?