Penn State Beaver

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Penn State Beaver
Established 1965
Type Public
Parent institution
Pennsylvania State University
Chancellor Donna J. Kuga (interim)
President Eric J. Barron
Academic staff
200+ full-time and part-time
Students 720[1]
Location Center Township, Beaver County, PA, USA
Colors Navy Blue and White
Mascot Nittany Lion
Affiliations PSUAC (USCAA)

Penn State Beaver is a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University located in Center Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States.

Campus history

The land where the campus now exists was once a farm owned by the Hartenbach family. The family home still stands today and faces Brodhead Road, and the barn once stood on the present site of the Brodhead Cultural Center's amphitheater. The main part of the campus’s grounds has served multiple purposes throughout the years. One of its main functions was as the Beaver County Tuberculosis Sanitorium, which opened on February 14, 1923. The building, which later served as the Penn State Beaver administration building from 1965 until 2004 when the Ross Administration Building was opened, held 20 beds and its primary physicians were Drs Fred and Ruth Wilson.

As tuberculosis cases began to decline in the Beaver County area the sanitorium was closed in the early 1950s. For a short time after this, the building was used as an annex for the Beaver County Geriatric Hospital before it was moved to its new location on Dutch Ridge Road in 1963. It was also around this time that that Hartenbach farm was sold to Pennsylvania State University with a contingent that Ralph Hartenbach and his wife could live in their house until their deaths.

The Beaver County Commissioners donated the old sanitorium and the land around it to Penn State. In the fall of 1965, Penn State Beaver admitted 97 students for its first semester. Each student paid $525 for two semesters.

Degree programs

Penn State Beaver offers the first two years of almost all of Penn State's more than 160 baccalaureate majors. Students can also complete six bachelor's degrees, four associate degrees, and a master's of education degree at Beaver campus.

Campus Buildings

Library (LIB)

Opened in 1968, the library was a part of the first campus building project after Penn state Beaver opened in 1965. The building now houses over 40,000 books and students are able to also check out DVDs and CDs. The Library Information Access System (LIAS) and CAT (Penn State’s card catalogue system) can also be accessed from the computers located in the building as well as from any computer with internet access. Through these systems, students can access any book in the Penn State Library system as well as books from other colleges and universities. Located in the downstairs of the building is a classroom and study.

Michael Baker Jr. Science and Engineering Building (MBB)

Also, opened in 1968 this building was formally called the Science and Engineering Building but was later renamed after Baker’s Death. Baker was the founder of the Michael Baker Corporation. Baker had played a key role in bring Penn State to Beaver County and was a Penn State Alumnus. Both the main IST and Engineering labs are housed in this building. The IST lab was developed with a $125,000 grant from the Beaver County Commissioners. In the downstairs of the building is the Digital Commons, a multimedia studio open to students staff and faculty.

General Classroom Building (GCB)

The third of the buildings opened in 1968, the GCB features two auditorium classrooms as well as other additional classrooms that serve a variety of classes.

Harmony Hall

Completed in the late 1960s, the building is still home to campus residents. Each dorm features a micro fridge and internet access. A game room and Laundry room are available in the basement of the building.

Brodhead Bistro

Open during the fall and spring semesters, the Brodhead Bistro offers a variety of food choices to students on campus.

Student Union (SUB)

The first part of the building was completed in 1970. In 1994, the building was expanded. It now includes the auditorium as well as the campus Admissions Office, Student Affairs, The Student Activity Suite, Housing and Food Services, Special Events room, the campus bookstore, and Career Services. The Student Union Lodge, WBVR radio station and the game room are also located in this building. Conference rooms are located in the downstairs of the building for both university and outside use.


The original gymnasium for the campus was constructed in 1970. In 2012, the gym saw the addition of the Gary B. Keefer Wellness Center, a fitness center containing various exercise equipment.[2]

Ross Administration Building (RAB)

The administration building replaced the old sanitorium that was located in the center of campus. This building houses academic affairs, the chancellor’s office, the business and finance office, the division of undergraduate studies, the health center, the Center for Academic Achievement and most professors’ offices.


Varsity Sports

Penn State–Beaver currently offers seven varsity sports teams for student to play on. The Women’s Basketball team has won three out of the last four Penn State University Athletic Conference championships (PSUAC) and the Men’s basketball team has won three consecutive PSUACs. In addition to belonging to the PSUACs, Penn State–Beaver athletics is also a part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

Intramural Sports

For students interested in playing a sport but not wanting to join a varsity team, various intramural leagues and activities are held throughout the academic year. Some of these intramural sports include arena football, dodgeball, softball, billiards, basketball, bowling, Texas Hold ‘em, and indoor soccer.

Campus Events


Homecoming is held annually during the fall semester. The event is typically held on a Saturday when a carnival and tailgate party is held. Various athletic games of alumni vs students are also held.


BeaverFest Week, which is sponsored by the Student Government Association, features a series of programs and events for Beaver students with free food, giveaways, prizes and T-shirts. Beaverfest is held annually during the last week of classes for the spring semester.

External links

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  1. "Penn State Beaver Enrollment and Persistance". 2014-2015 Common Data Set. Penn State University Budget Office. Retrieved 24 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Wellness Center Opens!". Penn State Beaver Athletics. The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 20 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>