Penn State Berks

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Penn State Berks
Franco Building at Penn State Berks.jpg
A front view of the Franco Administrative Building
TypePublic
2- and 4-year undergraduate
Established1958 (joined Penn State)
Parent institution
Pennsylvania State University
ChancellorDr. R. Keith Hillkirk
PresidentEric J. Barron
Academic staff
206 full-time and adjunct
Students2,800 full- and part-time students
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban
258 acres
ColorsNavy Blue and White
AffiliationsNEAC (NCAA Division III)
MascotNittany Lion
Websiteberks.psu.edu/
Penn State Berks 2015 version logo.png

Penn State Berks is a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University located in Spring Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.[1]

History[edit]

First known as Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, Penn State Berks became part of the Penn State system in 1958. The Berks campus has experienced many changes since then. WPI occupied the original Sacred Heart Church building on Hill Road, where the McDonald's Restaurant now stands, from 1930 to 1958. Its facilities were offered to Penn State to establish Penn State Wyomissing Center. It moved to its present Spring Township location in 1972. Dormitories were first added in 1990 with additional dorms in 2001, which made Berks a commuter as well as a residential campus.[2]

The latest building at Penn. State Berks, the Gaige Technology and Innovation Center

Student enrollment at Penn State Berks has increased steadily since 1972, when approximately 500 students attended. Today, there are an estimated 2,800 students enrolled. The campus currently has 15 buildings on 241 acres (1 km²) of land. There are 100 full-time and 70 part-time faculty members.[3]

While being a commonwealth campus of the state land-grant university, since 1997 it has offered baccalaureate degrees independently from The Pennsylvania State University University Park campus in partnership with a neighboring campus under the title of Berks and Lehigh Valley College. Under a university-ordered reconstruction, Penn State Berks and Penn State Lehigh Valley were split in 2005. Penn State Berks became a stand-alone college in the Penn State system and Penn State Lehigh Valley became a part of the University College system.

Student life[edit]

Penn State Berks has over 50 active clubs.[4] All student organizations are overseen by the Student Government Association, which requires that all clubs complete 24 hours of community service per semester in return for providing funds.

Housing on campus[edit]

A view of the path to the Perkins Student Center
The Woods The Village
  • Amber Hall
  • Evergreen Hall
  • Juniper Hall
  • Pepperwood Hall
  • Poplar Hall
  • Willow Hall
  • Ivy Hall
  • Cedar Hall
  • Greenbriar Hall
  • Sage Hall
  • Laurel Hall
  • Oakmoss Hall
  • Sweetwood Hall

Athletics[edit]

Penn State–Berks, known athletically as the Nittany Lions, compete at the NCAA Division III level; which is also a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).

Penn State–Berks fields 12 varsity sports:

Club Sports[edit]

Penn State–Berks also fields a number of competitive club sports that have no affiliation with the NCAA or NEAC.

Club programs include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Penn State Berks lists its address as Reading, however it is outside the city limits in the Greater Reading Area. Its location is more precisely stated as in Spring Township. "Our History: The Penn State Berks Campus". Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  2. ^ History of Penn State Berks
  3. ^ Penn State Berks - Quick Facts
  4. ^ Penn State Berks - Student Life

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°21′30″N 75°58′16″W / 40.358318°N 75.971167°W / 40.358318; -75.971167