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Smaller class sizes, individual attention

As a student at Penn State Berks, you'll have access to all the opportunities Penn State has to offer-from the University-wide computer network to the University Libraries system, one of the richest repositories of literature and information in the country. With an average class size of only 25 and a faculty to student ratio of 17.6 to 1, you'll also enjoy the advantages of smaller class sizes and individual attention from faculty members. You might work side by side with a professor on important research, help to design devices useful to people with disabilities, or complete an internship at a local organization. Few schools offer the choices you have at Penn State Berks.

Catherine Claxton

Catherine Claxton
Veterinary and Biomedical Science

“I’ve always wanted to go to Penn State; I bleed blue and white. I wanted to start at a smaller campus, where I could get one-on-one interaction with my professors. I even had the opportunity to do research at Penn State Berks.”
Catherine grew up on a farm and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. At Penn State Berks, she held a research work-study job, where she had the opportunity to conduct research with faculty. When she wasn’t in the lab, Catherine found time to get involved in campus activities, such as Lion Ambassadors, Campus Activity Board, the rugby team, and acting as the campus fundraising chair for THON, Penn State’s largest student-run philanthropy that raises funds for childhood cancer. She plans to complete an internship at a large animal veterinary hospital before going to University Park to complete her degree and go on to veterinary school.

Dr. Ike Shibley
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Science Degree Program Coordinator

“Thinking about what great accomplishments my students will achieve keeps me motivated day in and day out. My role as a teacher is like that of a Sherpa: I can help lighten the load and I can help lead the way but each student must make the climb up the mountain of disciplinary knowledge on their own.”
Ike Shibley’s enthusiasm for teaching causes a chain reaction in his chemistry classes. Whether he’s explaining new concepts from on top of a desk or working on research side-by-side with students in the lab, his enthusiasm is contagious, making him one of the most popular professors on campus. In fact, he has received numerous University-wide awards for teaching and advising and has established a national reputation as an expert on teaching. Shibley has a talent for explaining complex subjects in terms that students can understand but he does rely on a lecture format. Instead he creates techniques to improve student learning in the classroom, such as using clickers, reading The New York Times, and encouraging students to work as a group to solve challenging problems.

Dr. Ike Shibley and class


Students can complete the first two years of more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs offered at other Penn State locations. Or they can choose to enroll in one of the college's 20 bachelor's degree programs. The college continuously works to develop additional baccalaureate degree programs that meet community needs.

These bachelor's degree programs are complemented by academic minors, which enhance students' educational experience. Penn State Berks also offers 5 Associate degree programs, which are available in a variety of fields.

Penn State Berks also offers educational opportunities for adult learners through an extensive selection of continuing education classes, including undergraduate credit courses, professional certificate programs, and special-interest noncredit classes and seminars. All are designed to help you get ahead in today's (and tomorrow's) job market.


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