Student Life

Learn about the student life and experience of Penn State Smeal MBA candidates.

Smeal MBA students receive all of the comfort and benefits of a small, tight-knit learning community yet can leverage all of the support and resources from one of the largest research universities and alumni networks in the world. We hope you will be inspired to visit us to explore our town, our campus, and our program.

Life in Happy Valley

State College, Pennsylvania -- lovingly referred to as "Happy Valley" -- ranks among the top college towns in the nation for being student friendly and accessible. The region offers vibrant nightlife, theater and concert performances, a diverse array of spectator sports, and ample opportunities for outdoor activities across the region.

Life at Penn State

Penn State is among the top one percent of universities worldwide, and we have the largest alumni network in the world. The University Park campus, the largest campus in the Penn State system, is home to a diverse population of more than 46,000 students. We are known for both our academic rigor and our vibrant campus life. Whatever your passions and interests, you are sure to find an outlet at Penn State.

  • Penn State features one of the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic programs with legions of enthusiastic supporters, and an all-encompassing intramural program provides the opportunity to participate in recreation, sports, and fitness activities.
  • As the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, has donated more than $147,000,000 to Four Diamonds, a charity dedicated to conquering pediatric cancer.
  • Penn State is home to Berkey Creamery, the largest (and tastiest) university creamery in the U.S.
  • From theater companies and musical ensembles to professional societies and special interest clubs, Penn State offers hundreds of student organizations and clubs.

Life as a Smeal MBA

Although the Penn State Smeal College of Business is among the largest business schools in the country, the intentionally small Smeal MBA class size guarantees unparalleled access to our top-ranked faculty and our team of professional staff. As a Smeal MBA, you can expect to become an integral part of a tight-knit, collaborative community with opportunities to grow both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • The Smeal MBA program is based in the Business Building, a state-of-the-art facility with dedicated MBA classrooms, team rooms, and a commons area.
  • In the Smeal MBA classroom, you will be challenged through experiential learning, case-based instruction, and collaborative team projects.
  • During “Coffee Buzz” events, Smeal MBAs gather together to connect with classmates, share announcements and successes, and recharge for the day.
  • Smeal MBA students have numerous opportunities to participate in case competitions, career fairs and conferences, and student organizations.
  • Smeal MBAs can build on their professional interests by collaborating with one of the many Smeal research centers and institutes.

To learn more about life as a Penn State Smeal MBA student, please visit our blog and connect with a Smeal MBA Ambassador.