Penn State was founded as an agricultural college in 1855, through a land-grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The college was founded with the idea of applying scientific principles to farming, and Penn State faculty and students pioneered new farming methods. Since this agricultural beginning, Pennsylvania State University has expanded to become a comprehensive university, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications, engineering, nursing, law, and many other liberal arts and professional areas. The school has a particularly robust online program, offering all levels and types of degrees through its Penn State World Campus.
offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in popular fields. Courses are geared towards working adults, as schedules are flexible and emphasis is placed on practicality and usability of information. Students are able to take courses entirely online. A wide variety of programs are offered in areas including Accounting, Information Systems, International Business and Management.
A coeducational, state-assisted system university founded in 1869 and named after benefactor John Purdue, is one of the nation's leading research institutions with a reputation for excellent and affordable education. It now offers a wide range of academic degree and certificate curricula online, including its consistently top-rated and acclaimed engineering master's programs.