Why Penn State World Campus

World Campus administrators address students during graduation open house

This is my life

Lyndy Worsham
GIS Certificate Graduate
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Lyndy Worsham
“My experience has changed my life by giving me high-demand technical knowledge and troubleshooting skills”Read more
Amy Yohe
Small Business Owner
Bradford, PA
Amy Yohe
“I've been able to maintain everyone's schedules and put my children to bed with a kiss every night, knowing I've still had time for them. ”Read more
Debra Lampert-Rudman
Master's in Children's Literature
Pennington, NJ
Debra Lampert-Rudman
“I hope that the degree will open doors that will allow me to have an impact on the future of children's literature and literacy through my work with Barnes & Noble and other organizations.”Read more
Kate Scott
iMBA Graduate
Kate Scott
“It's a lot of time management and setting priorities — and maybe you don't clean the house that week — but you get other, more important things done.”Read more

World Class Faculty

Watch this video to learn more about our world class Penn State faculty.

Penn State World Campus is Penn State — online.

When World Campus first opened in 1998, taking university courses online and earning a degree were still relatively new concepts. Today, you can earn your degree online from countless sources. So what makes Penn State World Campus different?

Nationally Recognized University

Penn State World Campus is the online campus of Penn State. Grounded in a tradition of quality since 1855, a degree from Penn State means something. Penn State is a nationally recognized institution, with the largest* alumni network in the nation. 

Academically Rigorous, Accredited Programs

World Campus diploma is a Penn State diplomaOur online courses are the same courses that we offer on campus. Therefore, your diploma will look no different from the one earned by students on our physical campus. It will not differentiate the method of delivery or state that your degree was earned online. 

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

Choose from more than 100 of the most in-demand degree and certificate programs in education, business, engineering, technology, health care, and more. Penn State was ranked the No. 1 institution in the nation for producing the best-prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

No matter which program you select, you 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

Online Delivery Experience

Since 1892, students like you have been able to complete a Penn State education without traveling to a physical campus. Over the years, distance education options have evolved to include technology-enhanced learning experiences. As a pioneer in online learning, Penn State has significant experience in teaching and understanding the needs of students learning at a distance.

You will experience courses that are:

  • designed around best practices in online delivery
  • taught by faculty with experience teaching in an online environment
  • created using technology to support learning outcomes, not just convenience

A Fully Supported Education

When you think of online education, you may feel like you are on your own, but that can't be further from the truth. Our team of career academic advisers and help-desk support is vested in your success. Through World Campus, you will have access to student support services just like our students on campus. 

Our student services include:

  • new student orientation
  • academic advising and career counseling resources
  • a nationally recognized research library
  • help desk
  • tutorials

An Exceptional Student/Alumni Body

Whether you take courses online or in a traditional classroom, you are a "Penn Stater."

As a "Penn Stater," you:

  • become part of an institution with more than 150 years of teaching, research, and service
  • join a global learning community of exceptional adult learners from all 50 states, more than 40 countries, and 7 continents
  • become part of a proud worldwide network of more than 616,000 alumni and can choose to join the largest alumni association in the world* with more than 172,000 members 

*dues-paying