Penn College is a special mission affiliate of

We're sure you've seen this affiliate statement and may have even thought: “That's great! But what does that mean?" We hope to clarify that and shed some light on the finer details of how Penn College and Penn State benefit from a relationship that extends back to the College's transition, in 1989, from Williamsport Area Community College to the national leader in applied technology education that it is today.

As a special mission affiliate, Penn College fills a unique role in the Penn State system, offering opportunities for technology-based, hands-on education and workforce development.

What makes Penn College an affiliate?


Penn College maintains its own academic curriculum, separate from the University. The College grants degrees carrying the Pennsylvania College of Technology name and reputation that our active, hands-on approach to learning provides.

Middle States Accreditation

Penn College is accredited separately from the University. See the College's most recent Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmation of accreditation


Penn College is led by a president instead of a chancellor or campus director, who serve as the chief administrators at Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses. The Penn College president is appointed by the College’s own Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Penn College is overseen by its own 11-member Board of Directors, separate and distinct from the Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University.

State Appropriation

The College’s state appropriation is granted separately from Penn State’s appropriation; these state funds are distributed to Penn College through a separate line item in the University’s budget.

Capital Money

Penn College receives no capital funding from the University or the state.


Penn College is responsible for its own debt service, separate from the University.

EIN and 501(C)(3) status

Penn College has its own Federal Identification Number and maintains its own tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Legal Counsel

Penn College is represented by legal counsel independent from the University.

Separate Clery Act & IPEDS Report

Penn College submits its own data to the U.S. Department of Education for compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The College also submits its own IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) information to the National Center for Education Statistics.


Penn College maintains a police force of certified officers (separate from the University’s) who ensure the health, safety, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and visitors while securing the main campus, additional campuses, and all College-owned facilities.

Faculty Senate

Penn College is not governed by the University Faculty Senate, the representative body of Penn State’s faculty that has legislative authority on all matters pertaining to the educational interests of the University. Penn College does, however, maintain an Internal Governance system – a body of faculty, staff, and students (elected, appointed, and volunteer) who help make decisions directly affecting life at the College.

Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit

The Penn College Education Association (PCEA) represents nearly 300 full-time teaching faculty, librarians, and counselors on campus. The PCEA Agreement with the College, which took effect in Fall 2018, runs through the 2022-23 academic year. There are no other collective bargaining units at the College.

Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Faculty members at Penn College are eligible for non-probationary status. They may apply for promotions in rank, based on various academic criteria. When granted, such promotions generate no increase in compensation or benefits.


Employees of Penn College receive benefits distinct from employees of the University.

Academic Calendar

Penn College follows its own academic calendar, independent of the University calendar.