Better Know a Branch Campus: Penn State Hazleton

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 Hazleton.

Name: Penn State Hazleton, The Fightin’ Haze! Which sounds like an awesome Jimi Hendrix cover band.

Chancellor: Dr. Gary Lawler, whose name is eerily similar to Jerry “The King” Lawler, which I find awesome.

Enrollment: There are 1,156 students at Hazleton, making it the 10th smallest branch campus in the Penn State system.

Location: The campus is 116 miles from State College, 117 miles from Philadelphia, and 249 miles from Pittsburgh. As for the city itself, well, we won’t talk about that.

Sports: There are nine intercollegiate teams at the campus: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, softball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. All teams compete in the Penn State University Athletic Conference under the nickname “The Nittany Lions.” ORIGINAL, GUYS.

Fun Fact: ESPN did an awesome feature on Tampa Bay Ray’s manager Joe Maddon and his relationship with the city of Hazleton. Speaking of ESPN and Hazleton, ESPN NBA analyst Hubie Brown was born in Hazleton. I do an awesome Internet impression of him. You probably don’t care. As for the campus, it’s nicknamed “Penn State Hazy” and people like to say they “get crazy at Penn State Hazy.” I challenge you to find something less funny than that phrase.

History: Hazleton is one of the oldest schools in the branch campus system. It opened in 1934, which makes it the 6th oldest branch campus. There isn’t some grand story about how the campus came to be, instead, it opened due to a demand for more affordable schools during the Great Depression. When it opened, it was only for freshmen and sophomores, who would transfer to either University Park or another school after they finished at Hazleton. Also, the school didn’t find its permanent location until 1948.

Right Now: The school offers six bachelor’s degrees and seven associate’s degrees, and there are approximately 61 professors on campus — the school has a 19.3:1 student to teacher ratio and I was forced to do math.

Hazleton has three on campus halls: North Hall, South Hall, and West Hall. South looks like a miserable place. North looks pretty cool, nothing spectacular. West looks AWESOME. I wanna live in West. It looks way cooler than my apartment. There’s also off-campus housing, which leads to…

Story Time: WOO! Only one story this week. Apparently crappy landlords aren’t just a University Park thing.

There were two “popular” off campus housing places near PSU Hazleton. So we were left with like almost no options because they were both owned by the same landlord. Everyone hated her but it was better than living on campus… Everything there seemed shady and whatnot but we couldn’t really help it. Anyways we later found out that it was really shady because the landlord was arrested for embezzling over 100k from students and the apartment complex closed down… Hazleton sucks…

Next Time: Penn State Lehigh Valley! I’ve never been there, but I’d like to know what it’s like. Let me know.

Previous Better Know a Branch Campus features: AbingtonAltoonaBeaverBerksBrandywineDuBoisErieFayetteGreater Allegheny, Harrisburg.

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