You are joining nearly 45,000 new and returning students, who will comprise this year’s University Park community. We’re delighted to have you back on campus, and look forward to another productive year.
To help you better appreciate your fellow students, I’d like to share a few facts about the incoming class. It is one of our largest and academically accomplished, with students who hail from around the globe.
New students have traveled here from 72 countries and nearly every state, except Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Seventy-six percent of the class attended public schools; 18 percent attended private schools; and 6 percent attended charter schools or were home-schooled.
This group joins an exceptional academic community that has gained national and international recognition in recent months.
I’m incredibly proud of the work we do at Penn State — our brilliant faculty and staff members who shape our students’ lives; our $800 million research enterprise that is finding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems; and our service and philanthropy that benefit humankind. And, of course, the incredible accomplishments our students achieve every day. No one does this work better than Penn State, and you play an important role in shaping our future.
Thank you for being part of the Penn State community.
We’re glad you’re here.