State College

State College is a home rule municipality (styled as a "borough") in Centre County, Pennsylvania. It is home to the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Get in

By plane

The nearest is University Park Airport (SCE) , 6.7 miles from the centre of the town. Flights are available from Detroit, Washington and Philadelphia.

By bus

By car

State College is connected to nearby cities by the following highways

Get around

Most of downtown State College can be seen by simply walking around the compact downtown and university campus. Although a car is convenient to get to the outskirts of town, a bike is sufficient.

If you prefer to take public transportation, [CATA] provides on-time bus service to most of the county. There are also free buses running through the downtown area, as well as through campus. Most State College routes run from 6 AM until 2:30 AM (shortly after last call) the following morning.


Pennsylvania's 3rd largest city, sort of

Football is a big deal throughout the Midwest, but college football is an especially big deal for Penn State fans. While the population of State College and adjacent College Township is less than 50,000, during Penn State home games as many as 110,000 people crowd into Beaver Stadium. On football Saturdays, there's more people in town than live in Pennsylvania's third largest city (Allentown, pop. 106,000)!!


The Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known colloquially as THON, is the largest student run philanthropy in the world raising money for pediatric cancer care and research at the Hershey Medical Center administered by the Four Diamonds fund. It is a 46 hour dance marathon held typically the penultimate weekend of February. Entry into the Bryce Jordan Center is free and open to the public during THON. Last year it raised 10.6 million dollars during its 6 month fundraising period.


There are a number of small shops downtown along College and Beaver Ave. Nittany Mall is also only a few miles away.


There are other numerous restaurants such as Applebees, Chili's, Baby's (a 50s style diner), and many little cafes and smaller restaurants no matter where you find yourself.


Drinking is what State College is known for, second only to football. Whether you prefer sports bars, dance clubs, or Irish pubs, with over 20 bars in a mile radius, everyone is sure to find something to their liking.


Go next

Routes through State College

to Williamsport Bellefonte  N  S  Altoona Bedford
Meadville Clearfield  W  E  Lewistown Harrisburg

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