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The State System universities have many unique features, including a number of historical firsts. From top-ranked academic programs to having hosted the first night football game ever played on a college campus, there are many “points of pride.”


Bloomsburg | California | Cheyney | Clarion | East Stroudsburg | Edinboro | Indiana | Kutztown | Lock Haven  

Mansfield | Millersville | Shippensburg | Slippery Rock | West Chester


Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • Bloomsburg University’s digital forensics program is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

  • Bloomsburg University’s nursing program is ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania, according to

  • ​Bloomsburg University’s American Sign Language program is one of only two in the eastern United States.

  • Bloomsburg University is the first in the nation and among the few to offer an undergraduate program in accounting fraud examination.

  • ​Bloomsburg University’s professional sales education program is considered one of the nation’s best, according to Sale’s Education Foundation.


Notable Alumni

  • ​Danny Litwhiler ’38 - major league baseball player who invented Diamond Grit and Jugs radar gun

  • ​Mark Schweiker ’75 - 44th governor of Pennsylvania

  • ​Andie Summers ’96 - morning show host on Philadelphia’s country music station, 92.5 XTU

  • ​Jimmi Simpson ’98 - Broadway, TV and film actor

  • ​Jahri Evans ’07 - offensive guard with New Orleans Saints


California University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • 99% of the 4,200 graduates from the classes of 2010-2015 who responded to California University’s post-graduate survey are employed, continuing their education or serving in the military.

  • The Princeton Review has ranked Cal U among the best colleges in the Northeast for 11 years in a row.

  • Cal U offers more than 130 academic programs, including an MSN-MBA dual degree program and Cal U’s first doctoral program in Health Science and Exercise Leadership.

  • ​Cal U is ranked among the nation’s top 100 colleges and universities by Educate to Career, whose fact-based analysis determines which schools do the best job of improving graduates’ earnings potential and boosting their chances for quality employment.

  • Cal U Global Online, California University’s 100% online degree program, is ranked among the Most Affordable Online Colleges & Degrees in the nation by Guide to Online Schools.​


Notable Alumni

  • Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn ’79 - Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

  • ​Michele Mandell ’69 - former COO of Talbots Inc.

  • ​Aaron Walton ’68 - (retired) Senior Vice President of Highmark Inc. of Pittsburgh and a member of Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

  • ​Mary Beth Buchanan ’84 - former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

  • ​Tom Crumrine ’64 - (retired) President, Nationwide Insurance Agencies


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • As the nation's 1st HBCU (Historically Black College or University)—Cheyney University has been educating students and transforming lives since 1837.

  • Cheyney's Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) teaching program prepares African American males to teach and be role models in elementary schools.

  • The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University provides high achieving students with many academic and professional opportunities.

  • Cheyney's Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory (AREL) provides aquaponics experience for STEM faculty and students.

  • ​Thanks to Cheyney's accredited HRTM (Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) Program, CU is recognized as one of the 50 most affordable small colleges for Hospitality Administration and Management in the nation.


Notable Alumni

  • ​Robert Bogle ’73 - President/CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest black newspaper in circulation today

  • ​Ed Bradley ’64 - former CBS News journalist of the program 60 Minutes

  • ​Pedro Rivera '01 - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education

  • ​Gladys Styles-Johnston ’63 -  Co-Founder & Director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative, former Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney 

  • ​Robert Traynham ’96 - Political Analyst for MSNBC, Assistant Dean, Georgetown University


Clarion University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • ​Clarion Borough, in partnership with Clarion University, is one of only six communities statewide to be selected this year for the Blueprint Communities initiative. Over the next several years, a core team of civic leaders will engage local residents and businesses to develop a clear vision and strategic plan for change, work to develop stronger local leadership, and attract investments to build a healthier, sustainable community.

  • ​U.S. News & World Report has released its 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans, ranking Clarion University’s Master of Business Administration 38th and Master of Education 28th in the country. Both programs were top ranked in Pennsylvania.

  • ​Clarion junior diver Kristin Day was named Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year in the At-Large Division. She was also named a first team Academic All-American and is considered the top Academic All-American in D-II (combining academics and athletics).

  • ​On June 6-8, Clarion welcomed hundreds of alumni and their families, friends, faculty and staff to celebrate Alumni Weekend. Shifting the event back to the spring allowed all to enjoy the campus and community without the crowds of Autumn Leaf Festival. If you missed this year’s event or simply wish to relive the fun and memories, check out the post-Alumni Weekend video at

  • ​As a result of a partnership between Clarion’s anthropology program and Allegheny National Forest, eight Clarion students participated in a month-long excavation near West Hickory in Forest County about a mile from the Allegheny River. The students slowly pieced together the history of the people who once lived in what is now the national forest. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune Review both published stories about the initiative.


Notable Alumni

  • ​Kurt Angle '92 - 1996 Summer Olympics wrestling gold medalist, TNA Wrestling superstar and former World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestler

  • ​John Calipari '82 - NBA and college basketball coach, at University of Kentucky beginning in 2009

  • ​Frank Edgar '05 (1981-) - 4-time D-1 NCAA Wrestling qualifier and Collegiate Freestyle All-American in 2004; professional mixed martial artist/UFC fighter and former UFC Lightweight Champion

  • ​Reggie Wells '08 - San Diego Chargers offensive lineman

  • Wade Schalles '74 - all-time record holder for most pins and most wins in amateur wrestling, inventor of the spladle and cement mixer.


East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • Among the top 40 colleges and universities nationwide being recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as an inaugural member of the Excellence in Community College Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer.

  • ​In September, ESU announced an enrollment increase for the second year in a row.  The fall enrollment was 6,824, which included a freshman class of 1,313 (up 2.1 percent from fall 2014 and the largest freshman class since 2011).

  • ​In a report released December 2015 by The Education Trust, Rising Tide: Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?, ESU was ranked sixth among the 255 institutions in exhibiting exceptional improvements in graduation rates and diminished gaps for underrepresented minority students (URMs).

  • ​ESU is the first and only institution in Pennsylvania to offer a newly expanded J-1 Visa that now allows not only visiting scholars and researchers but also international entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. for up to five years to develop new businesses.

  • Blaise Delfino, an ESU graduate student who developed “Fader Plugs,” designed to protect the wearer from harmful noise, won the $10,000 first place prize in the fifth annual State System Student Business Plan Competition in 2016. 


Notable Alumni

  • ​Melissa Shaw M’11- Co-founder of Lyme-Aid, a tick testing kit for people and pets. Lyme-Aid is the first student-faculty research project commercialized in the 120 year history of ESU.

  • ​Noah Samara ’78 - Co-founder of XM Radio

  • ​Merrily Dean Baker ’64 - Former Director of Athletics at Michigan State. She was the first woman athletic director in the Big 10 Conference and the only woman on the Title IX Committee.

  • ​Audrey Kohl Doberstein ’53 - President emeritus of Wilmington University (1979-2006) and the first woman to head a four year institution in the state of Delaware.

  • ​Len Lehman ’94 and Dan DiZio ’95 - Founding partners of Philly Pretzel Factory. Dan was featured on CBS’s "Undercover Boss" in 2012.


Edinboro University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • The Game and Virtual World Development Track of Edinboro University's Computer Science program ranks 24th nationally among public schools and colleges and 20th on the East Coast in Animation Career Review's 2016 Game Design School Rankings

  • Edinboro University’s Animation and Computer Animation programs rank 17th nationally among public colleges and universities in Animation Career Review's 2016 listing of the best animation programs in the U.S.

  • ​The College Mapper blog recently placed Edinboro University at the top of its list of the Best Colleges for Students with Disabilities, adding to numerous recognitions earned by EU’s longstanding commitment to accessibility and service.

  • Edinboro University’s online graduate programs in education and nursing (offered in consortium with Clarion University) are ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings.


Notable Alumni

  • ​Dr. Beverly J. Torok-Storb ’71, M.Ed. Biology and Secondary Education - Lead team member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and a Top Doctor 2013 Community Service Award Winner for a year-round internship and other programs she created for underrepresented students interested in the sciences

  • ​Xavier Williams ’89, B.S. Business Administration - Senior Vice President, AT&T Southwest

  • ​Jack Speer ’81, B.A. Speech Communications - news anchor, National Public Radio

  • ​LaToya Ruby Frazier ’04, BFA - acclaimed photographer, 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and 2015 McArthur “genius grant” recipient

  • ​Josh Earl ’05, BFA Applied Media Arts – Film and Video Production, four-time Creative Arts Emmy winner for editing work done for the Discovery Channel series “Deadliest Catch”


Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • ​IUP is proud to be the first university to host the Pennsylvania Governor's Awards for the Arts program.

  • Consistently ranked nationally as a "Best for Vets" university, a "Military Friendly School" and serving as a Yellow Ribbon university, IUP won a MacArthur Award in 2015, given to the top ROTC programs in the nation, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Now in its 64th year, IUP's ROTC program has produced 2,000 U.S. Army second lieutenants and eight generals, along with the 2009 ROTC Top Cadet in the Nation.

  • ​IUP has been included for 15 years in the Princeton Review's Best Colleges guidebook, selected for the past seven years for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, listed in Forbes Magazine as a top college, included in Washington Monthly's "Colleges That Make a Difference," and is included in Dr. Donald Asher's Cool Colleges for the Hyperintelligent.

  • ​IUP is home to the first endowed honors college in Pennsylvania, the Robert E. Cook Honors College. The Cook Honors College admitted its first class in 1996 and was founded at IUP as a result of a gift from Robert E. Cook, a 1964 mathematics graduate of IUP. His multimillion dollar gift was the largest in university history.

  • ​IUP faculty have won more than 60 Fulbright scholarships; IUP students have won a total of 12 Fulbright awards, seven Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, 11 Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarships and 12 Freeman-Asia study abroad awards. IUP also has the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Educator of the Year and two Rome Prize winners.


Notable Alumni

  • ​Tim Cejka '73 - President, ExxonMobile Exploration (Retired)

  • ​Charlene Mickens Dukes '80 - President, Prince George Community College

  • ​Almar Latour '94 -Editor-In-Chief, Wall Street Journal Asia

  • Steve Skorija '69 - Musical Director, Walt Disney World

  • ​Sue Snyder '85 - Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer

  • ​Jack Thomas, D'90 - President, Western Illinois University


Kutztown University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • KU’s physics program is recognized by the American Institute of Physics for producing the highest average number of undergraduate physics degrees in PA, among schools where the bachelor's degree is the highest level offered in the subject.  

  • KU was named a Military Friendly School every year since 2012.

  • KU is designated as an All Steinway School, making a commitment to excellence in musical teaching and performance. KU is one of more than 150 schools worldwide and a dozen PA institutions of higher education with the designation.

  • ​Kutztown University is home to the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. Established in 1992, the center’s collections include more than 10,000 artifacts, numerous historical documents, and 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German family genealogical records. 

  • KU’s Department of Sport Management and Leadership Studies is one of 24 programs in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). 


Notable Alumni

  • ​Andre Reed ’05 - Pro Football Hall of Famer who helped the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls.

  • ​Ryan Vogelsong ’98 - Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series winning pitcher for the San Francisco Giants

  • ​Guido Pichini ’74 - Five-time Chair of the State System Board of Governors from 2011-16; President and CEO of Security Guards, Inc.

  • ​Arenda Wright-Allen ’82 - United States federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • ​Jennifer Groover ’95 - serial entrepreneur (Empowered, Butler Bag, Leader Girlz & more), multi-network biz/lifestyle contributor, author, speaker, and designer


Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • Lock Haven has a $40 million state-of-the-art science facility that opened in 2013.

  • ​Students pursuing Health and P.E. will earn certification to teach both health and physical education. Most institutions only offer one or the other.

  • Students majoring in Health Science who take Advanced Anatomy will learn anatomy in a very hands-on way by exploring human cadavers in the LHU cadaver lab.

  • ​Our Business and Accounting programs are so closely aligned that students can earn a B.S. in both areas by taking a few extra courses.​


Notable Alumni

  • Kary Kolat ’03 – 2x NCAA wrestling champion, current coach of University of North Carolina

  • ​George Durrwachter ’61 – Retired Orthodontist & Business Owner, Former Captain of the United States Air Force Dental Corp

  • ​Nick Polk ’86 – Director of Football Operations, Atlanta Falcons

  • ​Sarah McMann ’03 – First American woman to receive a silver medal in Olympic Wrestling, former Olympian, current MMA fighter

  • ​Michael K. Hanna ’77 – Democratic member in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Mansfield University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • ​Mansfield hosted the world’s first night football game on September 28, 1892.

  • ​North Hall, Mansfield’s original building still stands at the center of campus. Originally a call room and residence hall, it was renovated and reopened as a state-of-the-art library and administration building in 1996.

  • ​The Mansfield University Music Department has developed a reputation as one of the finest in the nation, with award winning ensembles that perform extensively throughout the northeast and have performed several times in Europe.


Notable Alumni

  • Martin Pane '87 - U.S. Marshal, Middle District PA​

  • ​Ali Soufan ’94 - former FBI Agent, Counterterrorism Expert & Author

  • Stuart Weiss ’80 - Owner & CCO of Studio City

  • Freddie Coleman '87 - ESPN Sports Radio Host ​

  • Sheri Beam '71 - Communication Strategist for NASA


Millersville University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • ​Millersville University was founded in 1855 as the first Normal School in Pennsylvania.

  • Consistently ranked within the Top 30 Public Schools in the North by U.S. News & World Report

  • ​Millersville is the only State System university with a botany program. The rigorous curriculum prioritizes both a depth of knowledge in botany and a solid, broad background in biology.

  • Millersville’s Meteorology program is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and an academic affiliate of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Students have 24/7 access to the Meteorological Network (METNET) and Weather Station, and many participate in the Campus Weather Service, which issues forecasts to the community every week.

  • ​Millersville University’s downtown performing arts center, The Ware Center, is a pillar of the downtown Lancaster arts scene. The Ware Center hosted nearly 3,200 performances over the past 5 years and accommodates classes for approximately 1000 students each semester.


Notable Alumni

  • Scott W. Boyd ’80 - Elected in 2002 as the state representative for the 43rd House District of Pennsylvania

  • Dana Chryst ’81 - President, CEO and Owner, The Jay Group

  • Roy B. Clair Jr. ’67 - Co-founder and owner of Clair Brothers Audio Enterprises, Inc., the world leader in the live-sound industry.  Clair Brothers has offices in Lititz, PA; Nashville, TN; Basel, Switzerland; London, England; and Tokyo, Japan, with affiliates in Singapore and Australia.

  • ​Hugh Herr ’90 - Inventor, nationally acclaimed low-stress spring running shoe; has been featured on various CBS & PBS programs and many magazine features (US News & World Report, Boys’ Life, National Enquirer, etc.) for his development of special rock climbing gear for those with artificial prosthesis’. He holds a patent for a prosthetic socket that he developed for walking. Assistant professor at Harvard University.

  • ​Robert S. Walker ’64 - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, former Congressman, 12th District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Co-Chair of Millersville University’s 150th Anniversary Committee.


Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • ​Shippensburg is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, ABET, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, & Council for Exceptional Children.

  • ​Shippensburg became the first normal school in Pennsylvania to become a state teachers college in 1926.​

  • ​Shippensburg in 1939 became the first teachers college in Pennsylvania and the fourth in the United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and (Secondary) Schools.

  • ​The Department of Communication/Journalism is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. It is one of only 111 programs nationally and internationally to earn this recognition and is the only accredited program in the State System and one of only two in Pennsylvania.

  • ​Shippensburg students volunteer more than 20,000 hours of community service and thousands of dollars in cash or material to civic and community organizations annually. A group of students has made several trips to Vietnam to help build a school there and members of the Honors Program make regular trips to the Dominican Republic to support young students there.​


Notable Alumni

  • Dean Koontz '67 - World-wide, best-selling author

  • ​U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen ’69 - First elected female governor and first elected female senator from New Hampshire

  • ​Dr. William Klunk ’78 - Internationally-known Alzheimer’s researcher

  • ​Dr. Gary and Mary Jo Grove. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in 1968 and his master’s degree in 1970, and Mary Jo earned her bachelor’s degree in 1969 and her master’s degree in 1970. They are founders of cyberDERM Inc., which focuses on computerized biomedical research instruments that allow changes in skin structure and function to be monitored non-invasively.

  • ​Rich Pizzarro ’88, Software Architect and Entrepreneur ​


Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • Slippery Rock University was among one of only 64 four-year higher education institutions nationally to be recognized as a 2016 Great Place to Work by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Slippery Rock University has 86 student-athletes who have earned the prestigious Academic All-America honor dating to 1970 when the award originated. The total ranks first among all institutions in the PSAC and sixth among all NCAA Division II.

  • Slippery Rock University has been recognized as a 2016-17 National College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and a Public College of Distinction.

  • Of Slippery Rock University's 531 contiguous acres, 266 acres - half the campus - has been designated as Bartramian Audubon Society Wildlife Sancutuary Status.

  • Boozel Dining Hall, the primary, on-campus student dining facility at Slippery Rock University, won the American School and University Magazine's Educational Interiors Showcase Award in the cafeteria/food service areas category.


Notable Alumni

  • ​Robert Stevens ’76 -  CEO (Retired) Lockheed Martin Corporation 

  • ​Charles Aber ’67 - "Neighbor Aber," Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood 

  • ​Charles Sheetz ’78 - Executive Vice President, Sheetz Corporation 

  • Vivian Stringer ’70 - Head Women's Basketball Coach, Rutgers University

  • ​Michael Wolf ’88 - Former Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health


West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Points of Pride

  • ​West Chester has one of the largest centralized geothermal heating and cooling systems in the U.S., which will save $1 million annually and general huge reductions in pollution.

  • ​West Chester University again was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the more than 600,000 hours of community service performed by its students this past year.

  • ​West Chester University has been awarded the designation of “military friendly school” by G.I. Jobs Magazine for creating an intentional culture of understanding, acceptance, and success for veterans, active military, and those who support them.

  • ​West Chester University is a founder of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research, fostering rain forest conservation, discovering new plant and animal species, and new medicines.

  • ​West Chester University has consistently been rated a Kiplinger “best value” in public higher education based on its outstanding education and economic value.


Notable Alumni

  • Geno Auriemma ’81 - Head women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Jill Biden M’82 - noted educator and second lady of the United States/wife of VP Joe Biden

  • Michael Brune ’93 - Executive Director of the Sierra Club

  • Brigadier General Carol Eggert '87 - Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • Gerard Sweeney ’79 - CEO of Brandywine Real Estate Trust