Penn State Great Valley Fact Book


  • The first graduate campus located in a corporate park designed exclusively to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • One of twenty-four Penn State University campuses.
  • Accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education.
  • Part of the Penn State educational system for more than forty-five years.
  • Graduate degrees are supported by Penn State's resources, programs, and alumni network.
  • Master's degrees in business, education, engineering management, finance, information science, leadership development, management, software engineering, systems engineering, and training design and development.
  • Courses are offered in seven- and fourteen-week sessions.
  • Offers continuing professional education and graduate certificate programs, plus a full-service conference center.
  • Campuses located at the Lehigh Valley Corporate Learning Center and the Philadelphia Navy Yard, as well as on-site at corporations and school district educational facilities.
  • 14 master's degree programs
  • 46 full-time and 75 part-time faculty
  • All full-time, resident faculty have doctorate degrees
  • 18:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 1,900+ graduate students
  • 1,400 CPE students annually
  • 7,700 graduates
  • 85% of our students receive tuition assistance from their employers

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1963 The Graduate Center is established in a rented school building in King of Prussia in response to General Electric Goddard Space Center's request to provide a master's program in electrical engineering.
1987 Penn State University acquires 8.5 acres in the Great Valley Corporate Center in Malvern to relocate the Graduate Center.
1988 The new Penn State Graduate Center opens in the Great Valley Corporate Center.
1991 The first Penn State Great Valley Advisory Board, comprised of 22 leaders from business and education, convenes to advise the campus leaders on issues of academic programming, campus image, and fundraising.
1998 Penn State's Board of Trustees approves Penn State Great Valley as the School of Graduate Professional Studies.
2000 A generous gift enables construction to start on Penn State Great Valley's new conference center.
2002 The conference center opens its doors, housing a 300-seat auditorium and numerous other modern educational training rooms.
2008 Penn State Great Valley celebrates 20 years in the Great Valley Corporate Center.

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  • Students are working adults from a variety of industrial, corporate, and academic backgrounds, including CEO's, CFO's, vice presidents, consultants, bankers, researchers, analysts, scientists, and instructional designers.
  • While their reasons are numerous, students come to Penn State Great Valley for the opportunity to advance their career, change their career, or further develop professional skills.
  • Over eighty percent of Penn State Great Valley students receive full or partial financial support from their employers.
  • Students have an average work experience of six years and are an average age of thirty-four.
  • Fifty-five percent are men and forty-five percent are women.

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The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley is one of the largest educational conference centers in Chester County with facilities for 10 to 300 participants, computer-equipped classrooms and labs, state-of-the-art technology, and an experienced staff to assist clients in every aspect of planning and implementing an event.

More than 48,000 people representing 130 companies attend seminars, workshops, and conferences at Penn State Great Valley annually.

The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley:

  • 300-seat, tiered, desktop-style auditorium
  • Spacious, open layout with eight corporate-style conference rooms
  • Wireless Internet access

The Main Building:

  • Twenty-five classrooms
  • Bookstore
  • Library
  • Technology laboratories

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Penn State Great Valley strives to be a vibrant academic and social hub for the region by connecting people and ideas across an extended network of faculty, staff, students, alumni, corporate leaders, and community members. The campus works towards raising the levels of intellectual discourse in our community through annual speaker series, public forums, and other events. Through artistic, musical, and cultural events, the campus celebrates the diverse riches of the local area.

In fall 2009, Penn State Great Valley launched the Farmers Market at Great Valley in conjunction with Liberty Property Trust. The market provides fresh, local produce to the surrounding community and supports local farmers and producers. The market will return in spring 2010.

Penn State Great Valley partners with community and business leaders to identify and promote opportunities for economic development and enhance the quality of life for the surrounding area.

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The Penn State Alumni Association is 161,000 members strong, making it the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world. Members of the Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society benefit from the University's alumni association through support programs, networking opportunities, and social events.

More than 8,000 Penn State Great Valley alumni drive the businesses and organizations of southeastern Pennsylvania - they manage corporate departments, develop innovative solutions for engineering firms, and teach in regional school districts.

Together with corporate partners associated through our alumni network, Penn State Great Valley pursues and applies the latest management and technology research, creates leadership and training initiatives, and provides resources for numerous other organizational initiatives.

Penn State Great Valley values these community relationships and relies on alumni, friends, and corporate partners to ensure the continued success of the school and our students. 

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Penn State Great Valley's full-service graduate school campus includes two classroom buildings, a development/alumni administrative building, a library, technologically advanced classrooms, 60 Internet-access workstations in a state-of-the-art computer lab, a bookstore, and an executive-style, 300-seat auditorium.

Great Valley Library is part of Penn State University Libraries, ranked 8th among North American research libraries. Great Valley houses more than 40,000 books and 380 serials subscriptions along with a collection of spoken-word audio and other non-print materials. Through University Libraries students have access to more than 5.3 million catalogued volumes, 88,000 serials, 563 databases, and more than 100,000 e-books.

Computer Services
Computer Services is comprised of laboratories and classrooms with more than 270 computer workstations and connections to the University's network and World Wide Web.

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