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. We are expecting a some major construction over the summer; the instructions provided below are designed to help you navigate your way through State College and campus. 
  • Check in at Pollock Halls first. You must check in to the program (and receive your parking permit) at Pollock Halls before parking.
  • Bring an umbrella. It's often just a quick shower during the day, but it rains frequently during the summer in State College.
  • Bring a sweater. Many of our participants report that it can get chilly during sessions.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes/sneakers. University Park is a big place, and you'll spend a lot of time walking around campus. During NSO LateNight, you'll have an opportunity to explore the Intramural (IM) Building. You'll need sneakers to play on the gym floor.
  • Pack a blanket. We provide linens for your overnight stay, but if you get cold at night, you should bring a blanket with you.
  • Bring a non-perishable food or personal toiletry item for the Class of 2021 Gives campaign.
  • Bring a valid driver's license, passport, state-issued photo or military ID, or Permanent Resident Card. A photo ID is required to obtain your Penn State id+ card.

Program Parking

We will provide one complimentary NSO parking permit per student which will be issued at Pollock Halls. Once you arrive at Pollock Halls, additional instructions will be provided by program staff. There are signs that will guide you to NSO Parking after you have checked in at Pollock Halls. Even if you are familiar with campus, you must stop at Pollock Halls first to receive your NSO parking permit. To avoid an unwanted parking ticket, you must display an NSO parking permit and be parked in your assigned parking lot.

Penn State has taken every opportunity to make the campus accessible to drivers and passengers with disabilities. Regular and van accessible parking spaces exist on campus to meet the needs of visitors. You are able to park in any open (non-reserved, non-metered) parking spaces on campus with the combination of your NSO parking permit and your ADA plate/hang tag. Additional information about ADA Parking can be found on the parking web site.

NOTE: Students attending Conmuter New Student Orientation and Transfer Student Orientation on Friday, June 2 should park in the Eisenhower Parking Deck.

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: April 14, 2017