Penn State University Park

Department of Distance Education/World Campus

Online University Park, PA Public Regional Accreditation

School at a Glance

20 Years of distance learning
12,000 total students
39 degree programs View Programs
27 certificate programs View Programs


About Penn State World Campus

Penn State World Campus is the online campus of Penn State University. The idea of distance education is not a new concept for Penn State. The University has been offering courses at a distance for more than 100 years. In 1892, Penn State founded one of the nation's first correspondence courses and in 1998, it was one of the first major accredited universities to provide online education. Today, Penn State World Campus offers more than 100 of the most in-demand graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs in education, business, engineering, technology, health care, and more.

At Penn State World Campus, the mission is to make sure students have access to a quality academic experience, even if they have job and family obligations to fulfill. If students can't come to one of the brick-and-mortar campuses, Penn State World Campus will bring the campus to them. The online courses offered by World Campus are the same courses that are offered on campus. Therefore, a diploma earned through World Campus will look no different from the one earned by students on a physical campus. It will not differentiate the method of delivery or state that the degree was earned online. The programs offered by World Campus are accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations through governing bodies in those particular fields of study.

Degree and Certificate Programs

At Penn State World Campus, students can earn accredited online associate or bachelor's degrees and distinguish themselves with a respected and recognized credential from Penn State. Penn State offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees online that complement interests and career goals, from traditional liberal arts to technical specializations. The Penn State online associate and bachelor's degree programs are designed to prepare students for success, no matter which industries or paths they choose. Associate degrees can even be used as a gateway into bachelor's degrees offered online through Penn State World Campus or at another institution.

Students who are pursuing online bachelor's degrees from Penn State have the opportunity to enhance and customize their educations by earning minors, which can help them gain specialized knowledge to complement their majors, pursue personal interests, or explore different fields of study. Penn State World Campus offers undergraduate certificates as a convenient way to start an online degree program, enhance professional development, or to take a few courses of interest online. With 15 available certificates, World Campus has a wide range of undergraduate certificate programs to help students reach their educational goals.

Student Experience

World Campus students are supported by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff who understand the complexities of balancing work and life while learning online. To help students complete their work when it is most convenient for them, the technical support and academic advising staff members are available through extended work hours. And they are easy to access by email, phone, and instant messaging.

Students at Penn State World Campus have a variety of other services available to them, such as online resources including advising, tutoring, exam proctoring, and career counseling; use of the University Libraries system, the 8th largest research library in North America, with a collection of more than 662 online research databases, 386,000 e-books, 105,000 scholarly journals, and 7.3 million print materials available for check-out; and links to communities and special services for military members and veterans, international students, alumni, corporate education, students with disabilities, and those transferring from other universities and colleges.

Financing and Tuition

World Campus tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program chosen and the number of credits for which a student registers. In addition to the cost-per-credit, students are responsible for the information technology fee each semester of enrollment, as well as indirect costs such as books, DVDs, and other course materials.

Tuition is due when students register for classes, typically a month before the semester begins. However, a deferred payment plan is available for some programs. Penn State World Campus also provides other options for tuition payment such as third-party payments, tuition assistance for unemployed members of the workforce, and several military payment options.

Degree Programs

Penn State University Park Offers the Following Degree Programs Online

Certificate Programs

Penn State University Park Offers the Following Certificate Programs Online

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Penn State World Campus Admissions 800-252-3592
Department of Distance Education/World Campus 128 Outreach Building 100 Innovation Boulevard University Park PA 16802

Head of Distance Learning

Martha Jordan Director of Adult Learner Enrollment Services 814-863-5434
Department of Distance Education/World Campus 128 Outreach Building 100 Innovation Boulevard University Park PA 16802

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