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    Engage, empower, and inspire global learners.
    Every day. Everywhere.

    Penn State Online Education plays a strategic leadership role in advancing Penn State’s twenty-first century land-grant mission.


Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a long-standing history of being on the forefront of innovation in higher education. We have offered courses at a distance for more than 125 years, having founded one of the nation’s first correspondence courses in 1892. In 1998, when the internet was still in its infancy, we were one of the first major accredited universities to provide online education.

Today, online education at Penn State is consistently recognized and highly ranked among top-tier peer institutions. Our purpose is to provide an accessible, quality Penn State education online to address the needs of learners pursuing their educational goals across Pennsylvania, throughout the nation, and around the world.