Why Penn State?

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  • Penn State is a thriving research university with research expenditures totaling $863 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. For more information go to the Office of the VP for Research.
  • Penn State's graduate programs were among the best in the most recent National Research Council rankings. For an overview of these rankings go here.
  • The MCIBS Program is home to a friendly and supportive graduate student community, and faculty members who truly value them.
  • The area around Penn State is beautiful with excellent opportunities for hiking, swimming in lakes, and skiing, among other outdoor activities. Housing is relatively inexpensive, and offers the opportunity to live on your own, or with roommates if you prefer. It is quiet and peaceful here, but within driving distance of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City. 
  • Penn State offers numerous athletic and cultural opportunities. Learn more at Visit Penn State.