Penn State Berks at a Glance

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Quick Facts

  • Campus established in 1958.
  • Located on 258 acres next to Gring’s Mill Recreation Area near Reading.
  • Residential and commuter campus with access to public transportation
  • Size of student body: approximately 2,300
  • Average class size: 21
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15 to 1
  • Full-time faculty and adjunct: 194
  • $1,200,000+ campus scholarships awarded annually
  • Baccalaureate (4-year) degrees: 21
  • Associate (2-year) degrees: 4
  • Graduate degrees: 2
  • Students can also take the first two years of 275 Penn State degrees, which can be completed at another campus.
  • Students complete approximately 400 internships each semester.
  • Member of NCAA Division III with 12 varsity teams.


Each year, more and more students are choosing to complete their degrees at Penn State Berks. With 21 baccalaureate degrees in a broad range of disciplines, and more being added each year, the college offers many options and opportunities. Smaller classes provide individual attention and one-on-one interaction with faculty members. In addition, all degree programs include an internship component, allowing you to gain real-life experience while earning college credits.  


Penn State reviews applications throughout the year, but we strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible in the fall. Students can expect a decision within four to six weeks. The application is available on the web beginning September 1 at You may wish to discuss the application process with a member of our professional staff. Your phone calls and visits are always welcome. For more information, contact Admissions, 610-396-6060 .

Campus Life

Students can get involved with more than fifty special-interest clubs and organizations and a wide range of theatre, arts, and entertainment options. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and student athletes can complete in 12 varsity sports, as well as club and intramural sports. Penn State Berks combines the advantages of an intimate campus setting with small classes and individualized attention with the vast resources that only a major research university can provide.