What Makes Penn State Great Valley the Right Choice for You

What Makes Penn State Great Valley the Right Choice for You

One University, One Degree

A degree earned at Penn State Great Valley is the same degree awarded to all graduates of The Pennsylvania State University. We are one university and our diplomas read “The Pennsylvania State University”.

Our programs are also accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of our individual programs have additional accreditations through governing bodies in those particular fields of study.

Career-Enhancing Programs

Penn State was ranked the No. 1 institution in the nation for producing the most-prepared and well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

No matter what the program, students will find:

  • a career-focused curriculum built on the latest industry trends
  • courses taught by highly respected faculty members, experts in their fields
  • an engaged and diverse network of peers.

The Campus Community

The student population is diverse and made up of full-time and part-time working adults. This prepares students for multicultural teamwork in the global marketplace. In addition students are able to build relationships with local companies for internships and job opportunities after graduation. The campus is surrounded by leading high-tech and Fortune 500 companies in the financial, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and research and development industries.

With our student to faculty ratio of 13:1, students develop personal relationships with accomplished, well-respected, and connected professors.

Convenient Location

Off campus housing opportunities makes it convenient and affordable to live close to campus and Philadelphia. Students are only a 2 hour train or car ride from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and a 1 ½ hour train or car ride from New York City. They are also surrounded by a variety of cultural attractions in the greater Philadelphia area.

Map of New York-D.C. Corridor

Map of New York-D.C. Corridor

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Global Reach and Ranking

Penn State was ranked in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 60 global universities. International students attending Penn State Great Valley enjoy all of the benefits of American higher education within a community that values diversity and promotes cross-cultural understanding.

Scholarship Opportunities

The merit-based Chancellor’s Scholarship is available to qualified full-time international students who are planning to pursue a graduate program. Scholarships are competitive and will be in the amount of $10,000 or $15,000.

Supportive Learning Environment

Our student support team is available when students have questions and to assist as they acclimate to life as a graduate student.

Small Class Size

With a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, it is easy for new students to get to know faculty and fellow classmates, successfully collaborate on team projects and research, and network with professionals, alumni, and guest speakers.

Learn from Fellow Students

Many of our 500 graduate students work in nearby companies, providing other students with the opportunity to make valuable connections in business and industry.

Array of Student Services

The campus offers an array of services including career management support, research library, on-site bookstore, and a computer center. A One Button Studio is available to students and faculty to easily record high-quality videos without having previous production experience.

Orientation Program

New international students participate in a comprehensive orientation program prior to the start of classes. The program is designed to help each student acclimate to their new surroundings, get to know other students, enhance his or her English skills, meet faculty, receive a comprehensive overview of life at Penn State and in the United States, and spend time enjoying the greater Philadelphia region.