Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

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Edinboro University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania - Seal.svg
Other name
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Former name
  • Edinboro State College
  • Edinboro State Teachers College
  • Edinboro Academy
Academic affiliation
Endowment$26.4 million
PresidentGuiyou Huang
ProvostMichael J. Hannan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

41°52′12″N 80°07′19″W / 41.870°N 80.122°W / 41.870; -80.122Coordinates: 41°52′12″N 80°07′19″W / 41.870°N 80.122°W / 41.870; -80.122
Campus585 acres (237 ha)
Fight songScotland the Brave
ColorsRed and White            
AthleticsNCAA Division IMAC
NicknameFighting Scots
Sports1 Division I
13 Division II
MascotMacCato, The Fighting Scot
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Edinboro University is a public university in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It has more than 4,600 enrolled students spread between the main campus and the Porreco College in Erie, Pennsylvania.[1]


Edinboro University

Edinboro University was founded as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers in 1857, by the region's original Scottish settlers. It is the oldest training institution west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in all of Pennsylvania. In the beginning, Edinboro modestly consisted of one two-story building, six classrooms, three instructors, 110 students and a principal. That original building Academy Hall is currently used as the undergraduate admissions office. In 1861, the Edinboro Academy affiliated with the state government of Pennsylvania to become the second State Normal School in Pennsylvania, occasionally known as the Northwest State Normal School. (Normal schools are teachers colleges.) In 1914, the state purchased the school from the original stockholders and renamed it the Edinboro State Normal School. By 1927, the advancement of academic programs to include liberal arts study required the school to rename itself Edinboro State Teachers College. Further development of the liberal arts to include degree programs outside the field of education resulted in Edinboro becoming Edinboro State College in 1960. Continued development of undergraduate liberal arts programs and advanced graduate degrees earned Edinboro university status in 1983.[2]

Scottish heritage and traditions[edit]

Ross Hall

As of Spring 2020, Edinboro is the first school in the world to offer a music education degree (BAME) that is open to students with a focus in bagpiping. The university and town that share the Edinboro name were founded by Scottish immigrants. Holding to its tradition, Edinboro University has a pipe band (a band that consists of bagpipes, snare drums and a bass drum) that performs alone and also with the "Spirit of the Scots" marching band for school related functions. Each year, Edinboro hosts a three-day highland games festival complete with Scottish heavy athletics; dancing; bagpipe band; Celtic harp; and other competitions. The University's fight song is a version of Scotland the Brave.


Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center

The main campus is located 18 miles (29 km) from Erie, Pennsylvania and within 5 miles (8.0 km) of the educational and population centers of McKean, Waterford, and Albion. The main campus has 42 buildings on a 585-acre (2.37 km2) campus which includes a 5-acre (20,000 m2) lake, open fields and woods, 10 on-campus residence halls (Highlands 1~8, Rose Hall and Earp Hall) for approximately 2,500 students, and the seven-story Baron-Forness Library. Edinboro University offers 150 degree programs and 57 minors. The student-faculty ratio is 18:1.

Edinboro students may also choose to complete coursework toward workforce-related associate degrees at the Porreco College in Erie. The Porreco College sits on the former Louis Porreco farm and estate in Millcreek Township and allows local students to complete a community college-like education. The Porreco College consists of 10 buildings in a farm-like setting.


Baron-Forness Library

Edinboro University offers 17 varsity sports: women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, volleyball, swimming, soccer, softball, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field, and men's football, wrestling, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, wheelchair basketball and outdoor track and field. All but the wrestling and wheelchair basketball are NCAA Division II programs and members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Wrestling competes on the NCAA Division I level, and as of the 2019 season will no longer actively compete against Division II level PSAC wrestling programs as a result of their new affiliation with the Mid-American Conference in wrestling. Its wheelchair basketball team competes in the NWBA Intercollegiate Division.

Student life[edit]


Edinboro University has more than 100 student organizations encompassing academic clubs and honor societies, professional organizations, general student interests, music and theater organizations, and Greek Life. Edinboro's Student Government Association manages a budget of over $1 million, and provides many student services. The student activity fee provides funding for student organizations, athletic programs, and campus programming. The University Programming Board plans and contracts for student activities such as sightseeing and shopping trips, free movies, concerts and comedians, notable guest speakers, and activities in the University Center.

Fraternities and sororities[edit]

Cooper Hall

Social fraternities and sororities at Edinboro include:

Edinboro is also home to many Greek honors, service, and professional organizations. All of these organizations, with the exception of Sigma Alpha Iota, are co-ed. Edinboro's academic honorary and professional Greek letter organizations and clubs include:

Notable alumni[edit]

Fighting Scot Statue


  1. ^ Edinboro University, "Edinboro University Fact Sheet", www.edinboro.edu, 2019-2020
  2. ^ Edinboro University, "Edinboro University History", www.edinboro.edu, 2019-2020
  3. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/gregor-gillespie
  4. ^ "Josh Koscheck UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  5. ^ "Tracy Seyfert (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03.
  6. ^ "Justin Wilcox MMA Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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