Mission

Our mission is to provide the Penn State educational experience to anyone, anytime — focusing on convenience, flexibility, and quality in delivering accredited degrees and certificates online.

Providing the Penn State Experience to Students Everywhere

Penn State World Campus is the centralized online delivery unit of Penn State that works with academic units and colleges to deliver more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs online to learners at a distance. Penn State launched the World Campus in 1998 in order to make online degree programs available to students beyond the reach of our physical campuses. Today, Penn State World Campus specializes in serving adult learners, corporate partners, and the military.

Achieving Penn State's Mission and Goals

Penn State World Campus is composed of units skilled in developing and delivering high-quality degrees as well as teams of professionals focused solely on providing our students with the custom academic and support services necessary for success. Our teams work closely with Penn State faculty and academic departments residing within the colleges to develop and deliver high quality programs online to learners who choose not to attend a physical Penn State campus due to geography or life factors. 

Helping Students Build Better Communities Around the World

Our goal is to encourage inquiry and active learning, helping our students gather knowledge to solve problems, make decisions, and define values around real-world issues that apply to their work and community environment. While some of the programs we offer can also be found in residence, we collaborate with Penn State's world-class faculty to develop unique programs that provide rich educational opportunities suited to the market-based needs and rich professional experiences of our online learners.

Penn State World Campus plays a pivotal role in realizing President Eric Barron’s Six Imperatives for the University:

  • Committing to Excellence
  • Engaging our Students
  • Serving a Diverse World
  • Creating Economic Impact
  • Capitalizing on Technology
  • Supporting Educational Access