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Better Know a Branch Campus: Penn State Lehigh Valley

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 Lehigh Valley.

Name: Penn State Lehigh Valley, The Fightin’…uh…Leighs? Valleys? I don’t particularly like either of those nicknames. Step your game up, PSLV.

Chancellor: Dr. Anne Williams

Enrollment: There are 942 students enrolled at Penn State Lehigh Valley, which makes it the 7th smallest branch campus in the Penn State system. For context, slightly more than 942 people follow me on Twitter. It’s not exactly Tokyo, folks.

Location: PSLV is in Center Valley, PA, which is approximately 54 miles from Philadelphia, 167 miles from State College, and 286 miles from Pittsburgh.

Sports: The school has four intercollegiate teams: cross country, golf, and men’s and women’s basketball. It is among the bevy of campuses that compete in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.

Fun Fact: The school sits on 40 acres of land. That sounds like a lot, until you remember that the University Park campus sits on nearly 5,500 acres of land. Then it’s insane.

History: Lehigh Valley is the second oldest branch campus in the Penn State system. The campus opened in 1912, which makes it 14 years older than Joe Paterno. It was originally in Allentown, Pa., which is a scant eight miles away. The campus originally provided training for employees and engineering classes, and gradually expanded over the next 39 years. In the 1970s, the school moved to a new location, changed its name to Penn State Lehigh Valley in the 1990s, and moved to its current location in March of 2009.

Right Now: The school offers six baccalaureate degrees and three associate degrees. As for housing, the school doesn’t offer any on campus. However, there is a dining hall on campus, as well as plenty of off-campus housing.

Story Time: Nothing for this week’s edition, unfortunately. I am disappoint. Remember, send in your best stories about partying, fun times, or anything awesome that happened at your campus.

Next Time: Penn State Mont Alto! This is the only branch campus that sounds like it could double as a ski resort in Switzerland. If you have any cool stories (and I know you do), hit me up.

Previous Better Know a Branch Campus features: AbingtonAltoonaBeaverBerksBrandywineDuBoisErieFayetteGreater AlleghenyHarrisburg, Hazleton.

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