Pennsylvania State University

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Also known as Penn State. A state-supported four-year higher education institution located in the city of State College, Pennsylvania. The university was first chartered in 1855 as an agricultural high school and then, almost ten years later, as a land-grant college called the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania. It was not until 1953 that the university was renamed Pennsylvania State University. Currently there are many branch campuses of the university in Erie, Harrisburg, Great Valley, and Hershey. The various university campuses offer two and four year undergraduate and upper level graduate degrees.

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"Penn State's mascot, the nittany lion , May 5, 2009" by Alan Levine is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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