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Summer Session
Make Penn State part of your summer plans

The College of Health and Human Development Summer Session courses offer a great opportunity to students. Summer at Penn State allows students to explore new interests, engage with faculty and students in smaller classes, catch up on major or minor requirements or forge ahead with a new emphasis.

With courses available online through World Campus, University Park, and many other Penn State campuses, there's no obstacle to advancing your academic and professional interests. 

Why Summer Session

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State College is a great place to spend a summer!

  • The State College Spikes bring MLB Draft League baseball to town at Medlar Field.
  • The Central PA 4th Fest features one of the largest fireworks displays in the world.
  • Outdoor seating at many State College restaurants makes dining out even more enjoyable.
  • The area is great for participating in outdoor sports and visiting parks—Shaver’s Creek and Lake Perez, Whipple Dam, Rothrock State Forest, and many more places offer the chance to hike, bike, swim, kayak, and explore the area.
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Why take Penn State classes for Summer Session?

Summer at Penn State means smaller classes and increased collaboration with faculty, all in a more personal and relaxed atmosphere. Whether online, on campus, or even studying abroad, HHD advances your academic and professional interests. Learn about other Penn State Summer courses.

Two Sources of funding support

  • Summer Success Scholarships: If you are taking summer classes to catch up for an on-time (or later) graduation and you have financial need, apply for a  Summer Success Scholarship. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 21.
  • STEP for Change-of-Campus Students: The STEP program offers you a chance to take classes at University Park this summer, getting a head start on your major and getting familiar with town and campus, STEP Program students have many benefits including:
    • A STEP Award of at least $1,500 applied toward summer tuition, as well as possible funding from HHD.
    • Events organized by student STEP Mentors designed to help students making the transition to University Park
    • Opportunities to learn more about research, internships, and study abroad
    • Assistance to identify and secure on-campus employment

Visit the STEP Program website for registration and more information!

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Contact the College of Health and Human Development Center for Student Advising and Engagement or call 814-865-2156.