There are 24 campuses in the Penn State system. The one that gets the most attention is University Park, but what about the other 23? That’s where we come in with our newest 23 part series, Better Know a Branch Campus, inspired by Stephen Colbert’s Better Know a District. Next up: Penn State Great Valley.
Name: Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. If you prefer shorter names, let’s go with Penn State Great Valley.
Chancellor: Dr. Craig Edelbrock
Enrollment: Great Valley enrolls 2,950 total students. 1,350 are there as postgraduates, while the remaining 1,600 are continuing education.
Location: Malvern, PA, which is approximately 26 miles from Philadelphia, 169 miles from State College, and 281 miles from Pittsburgh.
Sports: Like the Penn State World Campus, Great Valley doesn’t have any intercollegiate teams. Nor does it have any intramural or club teams.
Fun Fact: The campus became the first college campus in America that was located within a corporate park. Along with the campus, the Great Valley Corporate Park also holds offices for several major companies and a bunch of amenities, like a day care and three hotels.
History: The campus opened in 1963 in a rented school building in King of Prussia. At the time, the school was known as the King of Prussia Graduate Center. After moving into a former elementary school building in Radnor, the school returned to King of Prussia and became known as the King of Prussia Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. In 1988, after acquiring land in a corporate center located in Malvern, the school opened its doors in its new location and became known as the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies.
Right Now: The campus has 88 staff members — 44 full and part time — and houses three academic divisions: Education, Engineering and Information Science, and Management.
Story Time: I got nothin’. Sorry, y’all.
Next Time: The Penn State College of Medicine! I don’t think this is the last one, but I’ll double check. Regardless, send me stories of your time as a student at this place. Please.
Previous Better Know a Branch Campus Features: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Erie, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton, York, Penn Tech, World Campus.