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Penn State Lehigh Valley
Established 1912
Type Public
2- and 4-year undergraduate
Chancellor Dr. Ann Williams
President Dr. Graham Spanier
Students 849
Location Center Valley, PA, USA
Campus Suburban
40 acres
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Nittany Lion
Affiliations Penn State University
Website [1]
Penn State Leigh logo
The Penn State Lion shrine at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Penn State Lehigh Valley is a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University. It is located in Center Valley, outside of Allentown in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, in the United States. Founded in 1912, Penn State Lehigh Valley is the oldest of Penn State's commonwealth campuses.



In 1912, Penn State opened its first permanent "branch school" in the attic of an elementary school in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Designed to provide professional training to employees, the Allentown Branch School offered evening courses in engineering. Over the next few decades additional programs were added, including three-year evening programs in engineering, technology, and business administration, as well as "continuation school" offered one day a week for workers in silk mills and other local factories. Eventually the evening programs were compressed into a one-year daytime program designed to meet the needs of returning World War II veterans.

By 1951, the curriculum had expanded to include associate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology, business programs, and graduate credit classes for teachers. The University purchased a converted factory building at 725 Ridge Avenue in Allentown to house the "Allentown Center."

In the 1970s, the Allentown Campus grew rapidly and moved first to larger quarters in the Fogelsville School Building, and then, in 1977, to its present campus in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania which was built on a 40-acre tract of land donated by Mohr Orchards. Along with the new facilities came a new mission to provide the first two years of Penn State baccalaureate degrees in addition to expanded continuing education programming.

The 1990s brought considerable change and subsequent growth to the campus. Changing its name to Penn State Lehigh Valley to better reflect the community it serves, the campus became part of a college within the University composed of Penn State Lehigh Valley and Penn State Berks. The two-campus college was designated Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College. Together the campuses shared faculty and developed four-year baccalaureate degree programs in a number of disciplines.

With the addition of four-year baccalaureate degree programs came an increase in enrollment, and in 2003 Penn State Lehigh Valley opened a second site, the Corporate Learning Center, located at 100 Brodhead Road in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Bethlehem site currently houses continuing education programs as well as the Elementary Education degree program classes. In 2005 the University restructured across the state, and discontinued the Berks-Lehigh Valley College partnership.

Currently, approximately 800 undergraduate students attend Penn State Lehigh Valley. An additional 3,000 students enroll each year in its continuing education programs.

On March 20, 2009 the Penn State University board approved the purchase of the facility currently owned by Lehigh Valley College. The new facility will be more than double the size of the building on the current campus. The move should begin in the summer of 2009.[1]

Degrees Offered

Baccalaureate Degrees Associate Degrees

Applied Psychology, B.A.
Business Administration, B.S.
Elementary and Kindergarten Education, B.S.
Information Sciences and Technology, B.S.
Organizational Leadership, B.S.

Business Administration
Information Sciences and Technology
Letters, Arts and Sciences

Gallery of campus buildings


  1. ^ 'Penn State Board of Trustees Approves Property Purchase in Center Valley'

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