The newest students in Penn State’s top-10 ranked Online MBA include doctors, deployed military service members, and even two aspiring Olympic athletes.

The Penn State Online MBA hosted a virtual residency in August to introduce the 141 new students to the program, to online learning, and to one another.

The residency was offered through Zoom and used breakout rooms, chats, and polls to create an engaging experience. The students also began the course MBA Administration 810: Team Performance.

The new online MBA students have an average of almost nine years of work experience, and 40 percent are women. They come from 29 states in the United States and from Brazil, China, Egypt, Nigeria, and India.

The Penn State Online MBA is led by the Penn State Smeal College of Business and offered online through Penn State World Campus. It's been consistently ranked among the top 10 online MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The program has a residency three times a year: August and January, which are offered virtually, and in May, which is offered in person at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Click on the photos in the gallery to see some of the students and what they did during the virtual residency.

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