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18 Facts About the Pennsylvania State University

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The Pennsylvania State University is a public, land-grant, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

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Founded in 1855, the university has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service.

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Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery.

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Its University Park campus, the flagship campus, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township.

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It has two law schools, Penn State Law, on the school's University Park campus, and Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, 90 miles south of State College.

Penn State Law is located on the Penn State's University Park campus in State College, Pa., and is one of two separately accredited law schools at Penn State.

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The College of Medicine is located in Hershey.

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Penn State has another 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special-mission campuses located across the state.

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Penn State has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

The Ivy League is a collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States.

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Annual enrollment at the University Park campus totals more than 46,800 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

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It has the world's largest dues-paying alumni association.

An alumni association is an association of graduates or, more broadly, of former students.

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The university's total enrollment in 2015–16 was approximately 97,500 across its 24 campuses and online through its World Campus.

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The university offers more than 160 majors among all its campuses and administers $3.45 billion in endowment and similar funds.

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The university's research expenditures totaled $813 million during the 2014 fiscal year.

A fiscal year is a period used for calculating annual financial statements in businesses and other organizations all over the world.

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Annually, the university hosts the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which is the world's largest student-run philanthropy.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, commonly referred to as THON, is a 46-hour dance marathon that takes place every February at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania with the purpose of raising money and providing emotional support to children and families in order to combat pediatric cancer.

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This event is held in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

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In 2014, THON raised a program record of $13.3 million.

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The university's athletics teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are the athletic teams of Pennsylvania State University, except for the women's basketball team, known as the Lady Lions.

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They compete in the Big Ten Conference for most sports.

The Big Ten Conference, formerly Western Conference and Big Nine Conference, is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

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