Penn State Fayette

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Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
Type Public
Established 1965
Parent institution
Pennsylvania State University
Chancellor Dr. W. Charles Patrick
President Eric J. Barron
Academic staff
Students 1,000
Location Lemont Furnace, PA, United States
Colors Navy Blue and White
Affiliations PSUAC (USCAA)
Mascot Nittany Lion
Penn State Fayette Logo.svg

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus is a Commonwealth Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. It is located in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania, between the larger cities of Uniontown and Connellsville. The campus serves students from the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania covering a five-county area that includes all or parts of Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The campus also enrolls students from other states and maintains a small international student population. Students at Penn State Fayette can complete the first two years of most of majors available in the Penn State system along with the entirety of six bachelor's degrees and eight associate degree programs.

History of the Campus[edit]

Penn State founded an education center in the area in 1934, as part of an initiative to provide localized learning facilities that could grant associate degrees or allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree without the expense of living in University Park. However, the center was closed in the 1940s due to World War II. In the 1950s, the commonwealth campus system was established and local branch campuses, each fully integrated into the Penn State system, were established across the state. Fayette Campus opened in 1965. It was first housed in rented space in downtown Uniontown before relocating to its current site three years later.

In 2004, the campus was named for Robert E. Eberly, a wealthy Pittsburgh natural gas speculator who endowed his fortune to Western Pennsylvania higher education.


Class sizes average between 20 and 25 students and the largest classes on campus are typically no larger than 60 to 75 students.[citation needed]

Students at Penn State Fayette can complete the first two years of nearly all 160+ majors offered throughout the Penn State system. In addition, students can complete the following degrees in their entirety at the Penn State Fayette campus:[citation needed]

Bachelor's degrees

  • Administration of Justice, BA/BS
  • Business, BS
  • Human Development and Family Studies, BS
  • Nursing, BS
  • Nursing RN to BS, BS
  • Psychology, BA/BS

Associate degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Letters, Arts, and Sciences
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Mining Technology

Non-traditional students[edit]

Penn State Fayette operates an Adult Learner Lounge where many non-traditional students study and socialize in between classes while on campus. The campus also holds a number of events each year to recognize and celebrate the non-traditional students on campus. In many years[when?], the non-traditional population at Penn State Fayette accounts for nearly 30% of the overall student population.[citation needed]

Penn State has been recognized numerous times as being especially friendly to military veterans seeking to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to earn a college degree. In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, Penn State University was listed as #2 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list.[1] On campus, the Student Veterans Association is one of the most popular student-run organizations on campus and hosts an annual Veterans' Day celebration.


The Office of Student Life provides a multitude of activities for students, including community service initiatives, novelty activities, leadership and educational opportunities, social events, and cultural programming. Students can also choose from more than 20 student-run clubs and organizations.


Penn State Fayette teams participate as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The Roaring Lions are a member of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country and wrestling while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball and volleyball.


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