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Better Know a Branch Campus: Penn State Shenango

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 Shenango.

Name: Penn State Shenango, The Fightin’ Shens! “Shens” can refer to fans of Philadelphia Flyer Brayden Schenn, or it can be interpreted as the way rednecks say “shins.”

Chancellor: Frederic Leeds

Enrollment: We have finally gotten to the smallest branch campus in the Penn State system! Shenango has…*drumroll*…651 students! For reference, if you add together the two smallest sections of Psych 100 at University Park, you get 674 students, which is more than the entire enrollment of one campus.

Location: The campus is located in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and is approximately 71 miles from Pittsburgh, 160 miles from State College, and 369 miles from Philadelphia. It is right next to the Ohio state border, and is 187 miles from Ohio State. Eew.

Sports: So…about this: Shenango doesn’t actually have any varsity teams. All intramural. The school apparently had a varsity golf team, but that info hasn’t been updated since 2011-12. Regardless, it is one of the schools that competes in the Penn State University Athletic Conference.

Fun Fact: The fact that the school doesn’t have any varsity teams is fascinating to me. Is that a numbers thing, or is that a money thing? I’d say I won’t rest until I find out the answer, but I’m kinda tired. Also, it is the only branch campus that is considered an urban campus, as it is primarily located in downtown Sharon.

History: Having opened in 1965, Shenango is tied for the third youngest branch campus in the Penn State system. Planning for the campus began two years prior, the Board of Trustees helped develop a plan for the school in 1964, and in 1965, it opened. Classes were held at nearby Kennedy Catholic High School until the current campus opened.

Right Now: The campus offers eight associate degrees and five bachelor degrees. Not surprisingly, there is no on-campus housing at Shenango, but there is plenty of off-campus housing.

Story Time: No one sent in anything for Shenango. The bad news is that there’s nothing to fill this section that is relevant to this campus. The good news? CORGI VIDEO!

Next Time: Penn State Wilkes-Barre! While I’m kind of familiar with the area, I don’t know anything about the campus. Feel free to email me with your raucous stories. I’m looking forward to it.

Previous Better Know a Branch Campus features: AbingtonAltoonaBeaverBerksBrandywineDuBoisErieFayetteGreater AlleghenyHarrisburgHazletonLehigh ValleyMont AltoNew Kensington, Schuylkill. 

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