Parking & Getting to Campus

Penn State University Park is located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, bordering downtown State College. Here's a list of tips as you plan for your visit to University Park:

  • Don't use GPS to get to campus. Follow the driving directions below.
  • Bring a sweater. Many of our participants report that it can get chilly during sessions.
  • Bring money to purchase lunch at one of our on-campus dining locations.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. University Park is a big place, and you'll spend a lot of time walking around campus.
  • Bring a valid driver's license, passport, state-issued photo or military ID, or Permanent Resident Card. Required to obtain your Penn State id+ card.

Program Parking

If you are living on campus for the spring semester, please follow the instructions provided by Housing & Residence Life staff once you unload your belongings at your assigned residence hall; if your parents & family are staying for New Student Orientation, they will be directed to park in an assigned lot nearby.

If you are commuting to campus for the spring semester, please park in the Eisenhower Parking Deck (located near the intersection of Bigler & Eisenhower Roads). A parking permit is not needed for your New Student Orientation visit, as long as you are parked in a legally marked parking space. Be mindful not to park in accessible spaces (without the appropriate permit) or 24-hour reserved spaces.

You will be responsible for any parking tickets issued or additional parking expense incurred from parking in another area of campus. 

Transportation

Transportation options to University Park are outlined below:


By Air

State College and University Park are served by the University Park Airport (SCE). University Park Airport features connecting service to and from major hubs in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington/Dulles.

Taxi service is available from the Airport. A list of service providers is available here.


By Bus

Greyhound, Fullington Trailways, and Megabus national bus lines serve State College and University Park.

Greyhound and Fullington Trailways busses arrive at the bus terminal located at 152 N. Atherton Street. This bus terminal is within walking distance to campus, but the Blue Loop campus shuttle is also available from the Walker Building stop (across Atherton Street from the bus terminal) to campus. The Blue Loop does not provide service on Sundays.

The Megabus arrives at 1665 N. Atherton Street and requires a CATA bus transfer, or taxi, to get to campus. From the Megabus stop, you must take the V-route to campus. The bus ride to campus is $1.75, and you must have exact fare, as bus drivers do not carry change.


By Car

University Park is about 4 hours from New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. and is about 3 hours from Baltimore and Pittsburgh. University Park is served by three main highways: Interstate 80, Interstate 99, and Route 322.

From Pittsburgh: (138 miles, 2.5-3 hours)

Take Route 22 East to I-99 north (Altoona). Take I-99 to Route 220, then Route 322 East (Bald Eagle). Follow Route 322 East to State College. Follow US 322 East to PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn right at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

From Baltimore, MD: (170 miles, 3-3.5 hours)

Take I-95 North or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to west loop I-695 to I-83 North. Continue on I-83 North into Pennsylvania. Once in the Harrisburg area, follow signs for I-81 South/US-322 West. Merge onto I-81 South for only 1.9 miles. Then follow signs for Route 322 West to State College and exit at the PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn left at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

From Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia: (188 miles, 4-5 hours)

Take I-495 North to I-270 North to I-70 West. In Breezewood, merge onto I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike towards Pittsburgh. Take exit 146, US-220/I-99 toward Bedford Altoona/Johnstown. Take I-99 North/US-220 North then Route 322 East (Bald Eagle). Follow Route 322 East to PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn right at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

From Northern New Jersey: (188 miles, 4-5 hours)

I-80 West in PA to Exit 161 (Bellefonte), Follow PA 26 South to US 220 South. Take exit 73 for State College/Lewistown exit (US 322 East). Follow Route 322 East to PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn right at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

From Philadelphia: (195 miles, 4-4.5 hours)

Take the Schuylkill Expressway to the PA Turnpike. Leave the Turnpike at exit 247 (Harrisburg East-formerly exit 19). Follow I-283 north to I-83. Proceed north on I-83 to the I-81 interchange. Follow I-81 south to Route 322/22 west. Proceed west on Route 322 to State College, and exit at the PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn left at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

From Western Pennsylvania and Ohio: (5 hours from the Ohio/Pennsylvania border)

Take I-80 East to exit 161 (formerly exit 24). Take Route 26 south. Follow Route 26 south to US 220 South. From Route 220, take exit 73 for State College/Lewistown exit (US 322 East). Follow Route 322 East to PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn right at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

Local Area Directions:

From 322 East: Follow Route 322 East to PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn right at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 

From 322 West: Follow Route 322 West to State College, and exit at the PA 26 (State College) exit. Turn left at the traffic light and travel south on PA 26 (College Avenue) for approximately 2 miles. Go under the University Drive overpass (do not follow signs to Penn State). Turn right onto Shortlidge Road. Turn right onto Pollock Road. 


Local Transportation

The State College area and University Park campus are serviced by a local bus system, CATA. On campus buses (Loops/Links) run free-of-charge to riders. All other bus routes have a fare. For more information about local bus service and schedules, please visit the CATA site.

Taxi service is also available throughout State College. A list of service providers is available here.

 

Last updated: October 31, 2016