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Dr. Charles Patrick

Welcome to Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, serving southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond! Student success is our primary focus. At Penn State Fayette, students get a first-rate Penn State education, with its international reputation for excellence, as well as the benefits of a small, nurturing, intimate campus. Penn State Fayette is Fayette County’s only four-year post-secondary educational institution, but it also serves as a direct pipeline to Penn State’s main campus at University Park and sister campuses across the state. Students can earn any of several four-year baccalaureate or two-year associate degrees, or begin the first two years of any of Penn State’s more than 160 degrees.

Faculty members at Penn State Fayette put students first, providing the highest quality instruction. Many of our faculty are accomplished scholars in their respective fields and they apply that scholarship in their classes to promote student success. Our faculty also serve as student advisers and mentors.

We live in a global world, and we need to be competitive in that global world. Students of all ages are challenged to be prepared to live and work anywhere in the world—their career advancement may, in fact, depend on it. Penn State Fayette is home to international students from countries including China, Dubai, India, Korea, and Morocco. These students bring a wonderful global presence to Fayette County. Their presence enriches the academic environment and provides local students with opportunities to learn about other cultures and traditions. This, combined with opportunities for local students to participate in international travel, provide educational experiences at home and abroad that prepare them to be knowledgeable citizens in today’s fast-paced global village.

Not only is the traditional college experience available to our students, Penn State Fayette also offers a unique, engaging educational experience for students of all ages. Degree and non-credit classes are available to assist adults looking to advance their careers. Lifelong learning programs provide a myriad of learning opportunities for adults as well as young people.

The beautiful campus of nearly 100 acres has a lively cultural calendar, featuring programs and events such as the CEO Conversations, theater and musical programs, knowledgeable guest speakers, and many varied athletic events that offer opportunities for the campus and the local community to come together. Another resource we offer to the community is our library. Everyone is encouraged to make use of this state-of-the art facility, with Internet access and links to the Big Ten library system with literally millions of books, periodicals, magazines, and articles at one’s fingertips.

Penn State Fayette is a collaborative campus that strives to bring the world to our beautiful region, and extend the expertise of the University to southwestern Pennsylvania through active involvement with a variety of regional organizations and partners. On behalf of Penn State Fayette, I invite you to visit our beautiful campus in person. Come and learn about Penn State’s many degree programs, explore the continuing education opportunities we offer, or come to enjoy a cultural event. See you soon!