Student Information

This page is meant to help new and incoming students get better acquainted with their new department, university, and town.

Whether you're a new student or someone who's been here or a few years, you always have questions or or need a little more information.  EPS is here to help!  Below please find information to help answer some questions you might have as you begin and during your time at Penn State. Please ask if you have other questions or need help.

General Campus Information

Education Policy Studies Information

Town and Other Local Information

Student Funding Information

Department Awards

The Education Policy Studies Department offers a limited number of graduate assistantship appointments each year. An assistant might teach; work with faculty on research, course development, or journal editorships; or be assigned other duties. Interested prospective, full-time students must apply to the Department for consideration.

First-year students: Check the box on the Graduate application, provide a letter of intent with statements of relevant experiences, and include a résumé.

Returning students: Students should contact the program staff assistant for more information and an application.

Clear evidence of superior abilities and promise are required. Graduate assistant appointments require that recipients commit to eighteen-week terms each year. Reappointment to the assistantship is based on availability of positions and the quality of service from the individual. Application deadline is January 15.

Summer Tuition Assistance Program
Summer tuition assistance is only available to graduate students who have had assistantships for the two preceding semesters.

College Awards

There are a number of fellowships and scholarships awarded by the College annually. If you would like to be considered for any of these awards you can access the application online at http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/current-students/financial-aid/fin-aid.  Applications need to be submitted every year.  The information provided on the form will be used to target students for particular scholarships. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be processed to be eligible for scholarships requiring financial need.

University Awards

Penn State Office of Student Aid
General information on loans, grants, and scholarships.

Academic Integrity 

Cheating, plagiarism, and other matters of Academic Integrity are very important and a large part of university life.  Please read through the the College of Education's page on Academic Integrity to know exactly what is expected of you and your fellow students.

Access Account

New students will need to transition their Friends of Penn State into a Access Penn State Account.  Visit the official Access Account page for steps on how to activate your Penn State Account.

Penn State ID Card (ID+)

Your student ID card is your life while you're a Penn State Student.  If you live in graduate housing it's your key to your building, if you like to eat on campus or shop downtown it's how you can spend your Lion Cash, it's how you sign out library materials, and so much more!  Visit the official ID+ site to see how you can get your ID card.

Campus-wide Student Groups and Associations

There are so many student groups, organizations, and associations on campus and many of them are receptive to having graduate students as members.  Check out the directory of groups at University Park or choose your campus to see what's available.  We also recommend checking out the Graduate and Professional Student Association, the graduate student association who host events and advocate for graduate students across campus.

Student Affiars

A great place to get information about student life at Penn State on a wide range of subjects.

Global Programs

Global Programs assists incoming and enrolled international students including those from other schools on practical training with U.S. visa and immigration matters and provide advising on status throughout Penn State enrollment.

The Graduate School

Current students who have academic concerns or needs pertaining to Graduate School requirements, policies or procedures at the University Park campus should go to their website for a wide range of information.

University Health Services

University Health Services is your comprehensive on-campus health care resource. They specialize in outpatient student health including the treatment of medically urgent problems and ongoing health concerns. We provide preventative care, education, and resources to help students live a healthy lifestyle.  Most visits and prescriptions are covered in the graduate assistant health insurance you get with your assistantship or buy into if you do not have an assistantship. You can schedule an appointment online.

University Library System

Penn State has a world class library system that has access to a tremendous about of online and on shelf journals, books, and other media.  The library also has movies to rent for those few moments when you're not studying.

On Campus Graduate Housing

White Course Apartments, located on the west end of campus, provides a convenient and comfortable environment for undergraduate students, graduate students, and students with families. From singles apartments to three-bedroom townhouses, White Course Apartments is designed to accommodate singles, couples, and families. The community center offers activities and programs for residents to get acquainted, and a community garden and children’s play area help make White Course Apartments a place that individuals and families can call home.

Off Campus Housing

The Office of Off-Campus Student Services supports a diverse group of over 38,000 University Park students who live off campus, or are preparing to live off campus.  They have resources to help students decide whether to move off campus, find housing options including roommates or furniture, resolve problems with a roommate or landlord, find community services and resources, become an advocate for off campus students, get involved in the State College community, and learn about tenants' rights and responsibilities.

Campus Map

This interactive map will show you how to get around campus as well as tell you what construction projects are currently going on campus.

Software Downloads

Penn State offers a host of free software downloads for students and faculty.  Check out the ITS page to see what software is available to you.

Graduate Student Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center offers one-to-one consultations that are most useful to writers seeking ongoing support, or consultations on shorter documents. Their sessions focus on principles of composition and strategies for enabling writers to independently improve their writing rather than "correcting" papers.  They also provide four writing workshops per semester that are open to the entire graduate student community.  The Center welcomes any graduate student attending the Penn State University, regardless of geographic location, English fluency, and/or discipline.

LionPATH

LionPATH is the university system for managing student information.  Everything from checking grades to bursar transactions are done in LionPATH.  If you have questions about the site, please check this LionPATH support page.

Canvas

Canvas is Penn State classroom management system where your classes will have an online presence.  Canvas will be a large part of your student life and we recommend you look through the site to learn all you can before your first class.

The Daily Collegian

The Daily Collegian is the University newspaper with a historic past.  The paper is available in print around campus or online at collegian.psu.edu.

General Education Policy Studies Information

Travel Grant Funding

Presenting at a conference?  There is travel grant funding available to students to help manage the cost of travel to the conference.  The grant process takes time so please plan ahead!

EPS and College of Education Student Groups

College of Education Student Council

The College of Education's Student Council provides an opportunity for all Education students to work together in strengthening the communication links between students, faculty, and administrators. While focusing on issues related to teacher preparation and education in general, the Council's activities include speakers, workshops, and social events.

Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA)

The purpose of the Education Policy Studies Student Association (EPSSA) is to promote the development of students as scholars and future professionals in the fields of educational leadership, education theory and policy, American Indian leadership, higher education, and comparative and international education. The intention of the association is to provide a forum for support, discussions, scholarship, social networking, and professional development relating to all matters of K-12 education. All graduate students in the College of Education are eligible to participate in activities and become members. Contact the EPSSA officers at  for more information.

Higher Education Student Association (HESA)

The Higher Education Student Association (HESA) promotes student development as scholars and professionals and facilitates integration into the higher education program. Anybody interested in higher education--students, faculty, staff, alumni, whoever--is welcome to join HESA and to participate in its activities.

International Education Student Association (IESA)

The International Education Student Association (IESA) promotes the development of students as scholars and future professionals in the field of comparative and international education. Students and faculty who share a professional and/or personal interest in comparative and international education are welcome from throughout the university.

Students Together in Education Policy (STEP)

STEP focuses on issues within education systems and provides an informal environment for those interested in education topics to come together. Programs include guest speakers, professional development, internship workshops, and more. Students from all majors are welcome!

Town and Local Information

It's important to get to know State College and all the things have to offer.  If a location has a bus route (M, XB, XG, G, R, HP, V, NV, VN, NE, N) we will indicate which route is available. 

General Shopping

Benner Pike (A few minutes east of town) Bus Routes: M, XB, XG

Nittany Mall - A smaller mall that has a Macy's, a Victoria's Secret, Planet Fitness, and other national stores.

Across from Nittany Mall - Walmart, Ross, Barnes & Noble, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Big Lots, Bed, Bath, and Beyond,  Sam's Club

North Atherton Bus Route: G

Trader Joe's Center (Bus Routes: N, NE) - Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Ulta, Men's Werehouse

Walmart Center (Bus Routes: VN, NV, Megabus pick up and drop off) - Hallmark, TJ Maxx, T-Mobile, Dollar Tree

Colonnade Way (Bus Routes: N, VN, HP, V) - Home Goods, Michael's, Petco, Target, Khol's, UPS Store, Joseph A, Bank, Loft, Chico's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Five Below

Cafes

Downtown

Websters

Saint's

Barranquero

Cafe WowKung Fu Tea

Momotaro

Starbucks

Not Downtown

Cafe Lemont (in Lemont),

Rothrock - West Branch Road, just off of South Atherton

Starbucks - North Atherton

Fast Food and Restaurants

Wendy's - North Atherton

McDonalds - Downtown, North Atherton, South Atherton

Burger King - University Drive, College Ave (not Downtown)

Taco Bell - South Atherton 

Red Lobster - North Atherton

Olive Garden - Colonnade Way

Texas Roadhouse - Colonnade Way

Outback Steakhouse - Colonnade Way

Applebee's - Colonnade Way

TGI Fridays - North Atherton

Hoss's Sea and Stake House (Bus Route G) - North Atherton

Thrift Stores

Goodiwill (Bus Route R) - Westerly Parkway

St. Vincent DePaul Society (Bus Route R) - Westerly Parkway

CenterPeace (Bus Route XB) Benner Pike Near Bellefonte

Lion Surplus - On campus behind the Blue Band practice field

Plato's Closet (Bus Route G) North Atherton

Grocery Stores

Wegmans (Bus Routes G, N, VN, HP, V) The fancy grocery store. Big on produce, ready-to-eat food, international items, beer & wine. Sometimes more expensive.

Giant - Two Locations

• 255 Northland Center (Bus Routes G, V, NV, VN, NE, N)

• 2222 E College Ave toward the Mall (Bus Routes M, XB, XG)

Weis Markets - Three Locations

• 560 Westerly Pkwy (Bus Route R)

• 110 Rolling Ridge Street (Bus Routes HP, B)

• 1471Martin Street (Bus Routes: G, N, NV, VN, NE, N)

Trader Joe’s (Bus Routes N, NE) Good on produce & cheap.

Walmart’s & Target have groceries

International Markets

Momezon Korean Market – 1518 N. Atherton St (Bus Routes: N, R V)

East Asian Market – 215 Blue Course Drive (Bus Routes: N, R, V, W)

Far Corners Asian Market – 1012 W College Ave (can take Bus Route K with some walk)

Krishan Indian Grocery Store – 230 W College Avenue (in downtown State College)

Eastern European Market-- 2110 N Atherton St

Farmer's Markets

Locust Lane and College Avenue – May to November, Fridays 11:30am-5:30pm

Boalsburg Farmers Market (PA Military Museum Parking lot on 322/S. Atherton) – May to October, Tuesdays 2pm-6pm

Bellefonte Farmers Market (Gamble Mill parking lot) – June-October, Saturdays 8amnoon

North Atherton Farmers Market (Home Depot parking lot) – May 9 to November 7, Saturdays 10am – 2pm

Downtown Winter Farmers Market (Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen Street, State College) - December to April, Fridays 11:30am-5pm 

Meyer Dairy (2390 S Atherton St, Bus Routes: HP, B) – year round fresh, local dairy products 

Entertainment

Movie Theaters

UEC Theaters - Two locations, both of these have Bargain Tuesdays!

• College 9 – 3031 Carnegie Drive by Home Depot off N Atherton (Bus Route: W)

• United 12 – 125 Premier Drive by the Mall (Bus Route: M)

Miscellaneous Entertainment

Northland Bowling Alley – 1521 Martin Street (Bus Routes: NE, NV, VN, N) Bowling, billiards, arcade games, bar and they have trivia too! 

2000 Degrees - College Ave downtown Paint your own pottery.  Schedule in advance if you can because the place fills up fast! 

Penn Skates – 2210 High Tech Road (no bus route) Roller Skating Rink

Hiking trails – There are many outdoor areas to explore in State College, too numerous to list, but Mt. Nittany is a big attraction with a great view of Happy Valley.  Here's a list of 8 trails to start you off!

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center - 548 Puddingtown Road This nature center features a confluence of  two small streams both full of fish and other wildlife.  The center has boardwalks and trails that connect to a larger network of walkways the wander through College Township.  Millbrook is a relaxing area most of the year.

Stone Valley Recreation Area - This outdoor area is an a part of the university and as a student you get a discount on rentals.  There are trails, a nature classroom, cabins, a nature walk, and kayak rentals.  The area is full of a wildlife such as turtles, frogs, toads, and birds.

Whipple Dam State Park - 3746 Laurel Run Raod, Petersburg (just over the mountain on Route 26)  This large, scenic state park has a nice lake for swimming as well as fishing in the stream and great places for picnics.

Centre County Parks and Recreation offers many options for outdoor activities year round. Some have a fee associated with participation (i.e. pools, organized sports) but many are free.

Other Websites

StateCollege.com - A website that focus on the town and the area.

Center Daily Times - The local newspaper

Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor Bureau - Located on campus, the Bureau can help you explore State College and Centre County.

State College Area School District - The local school district which covers the Borough of State College and some of the surrounding area.