World Campus

In 1998 The Pennsylvania State University launched its 25th campus of the University, Penn State World Campus, to provide adult learners access to a quality Penn State education through the convenience and flexibility of online delivery. The campus began with just 48 enrollments in four programs and has since grown to more than 80 programs with tens of thousands of students. The World Campus provides adult learners worldwide with some of Penn State’s most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate, and continuing professional education degrees, certificates, or courses available anytime, anywhere. Whether students want to complete degrees, become more professionally marketable, or sharpen a few skills, World Campus can help provide the quality education they are looking for.

World Campus Mission

The mission of the Penn State World Campus is to be the premier provider of higher education to adults through online delivery. We strive to impact Pennsylvania, serve the nation, and reach the world – delivering convenience, flexibility, and a media-rich, learner-centric experience to busy adults. The World Campus upholds Penn State’s tradition of quality, offering the same Penn State undergraduate and graduate degrees, taught by the same Penn State faculty. We create doorways of opportunity for adult learners, with a focus not just on access, but also on the success of our learners.

Quality & Flexibility

Two key words for World Campus are quality and flexibility. Students can expect the same high-quality, academically challenging courses as those taught in the classroom. The credits students earn through World Campus are the same as those earned at the other campuses.

World Campus also gives students the flexibility to study wherever they are. As job responsibilities grow increasingly complex and family schedules become more hectic, online education enables students to study at times and locations that are convenient for our adult learners.

In a traditional environment, students plan their daily schedules around courses. In a World Campus course, adult learners are taken into consideration during the design, delivery, and instruction of courses, and students decide how and when to incorporate education into their daily routines.


The World Campus has professional, academic, corporate and military partners that help us reach larger numbers of students while advancing our own quality, standards, and best practices.


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