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Educational Opportunity Center (Philadelphia)

The Educational Opportunity Center is one of the Federal TRIO programs. It is designed to provide information and counseling to adults who would like to go to college or other post secondary education institutions.

Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) provides individual counseling and educational services for undergraduate multicultural students at University Park and assists students in meeting the challenges associated with education and attaining a degree at a major research institution. MRC counselors work with students on a variety of issues, and the staff is dedicated to helping students succeed and graduate from Penn State.

Office for Disability Services

This site is designed to offer information regarding services for students with disabilities at The Pennsylvania State University.

Office of Veterans Programs

The Office of Veterans Programs at the University Park campus is organized as a comprehensive, direct service unit for veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits recipients. The office is staffed by five full-time professionals and approximately twenty student veterans who work part-time under the provisions of DVA work-study. The staff and students provide services in three major areas: Outreach, Certification, and General Counseling.

Student Support Services Program

SSSP provides a variety of services to enhance academic performance and ultimately increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation college students and those with disabilities. SSSP also aims to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of program participants.

Talent Search

We believe that education is the best pathway to economic parity and social equality. We encourage and support students from families where educational attainment, finances, or other resources may limit opportunities to achieve their educational goals beyond high school. We strive to ensure that through our services and support, students will be successful against personal odds.

Talent Search York

The Educational Talent Search Program is a federally funded program designed to help eligible youth and adults continue in and complete secondary education or its equivalent and to enroll in or reenter a college or training program.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that helps high-school students gain academic skills and motivation to continue their education beyond high school. At Penn State, the Upward Bound Program serves at least 116 students each year from six target high schools in five counties - Clearfield, Dauphin, Huntingdon, Mifflin, and Perry.

Upward Bound Math and Science Program

The purpose of the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program at Penn State is to assist participating students in recognizing and developing their potential to excel in math or science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields. Penn State UBMS serves eligible students from Harrisburg, Reading and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in six target high schools located in urban school districts in the state.

Upward Bound Migrant

Upward Bound Migrant (UBM) assists 9th through 12th grade students with migrant farmworker backgrounds gain academic skills and motivation in preparation for precollege and postsecondary success. Services include academic instruction in critical reading and writing, mathematics, and sciences as well as English language acquisition support, tutoring, mentoring, and counseling where appropriate. Penn State’s Upward Bound Migrant program serves students from Hazleton, Lebanon, and Reading School Districts.

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