It was the early 1960s, and the Beaver County Commissioners were anxious to do something with the former tuberculosis sanatorium, which had been sitting empty for years. So the commissioners offered the property to Penn State University, hoping to have it used as a commonwealth campus. To sweeten the deal, in addition to the buildings and grounds, the commissioners promised $600,000 for renovations and construction.
And that is how, in 1965, Penn State Beaver opened its doors to 97 students.
More than a half-century later, Penn State Beaver is a modern, vibrant learning center, offering seven baccalaureate degrees and the first two years of Penn State’s 160-plus majors to its 700 students. But it is also so much more.
It’s the home of an athletics program that’s won one national title and 19 conference championships in the past decade.
It’s the place local businesses and professionals turn when looking for their next intern or employee.
It’s where students learn the value of community service and civic engagement, lending more than $20,000 in economic value to the county each year.
It’s a campus where the professors know their students by name and are invested in their success.
It’s a place for adult learners and professionals to continue their education.
And it’s located just 40 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, allowing students access to hundreds of sporting and cultural events throughout the year.
Visit the campus to find out more about how Penn State lives here.