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 University of Pennsylvania
Points of Pride
Bloomsburg University’s nursing program is ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania, according to CollegeAtlas.org.
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.
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 13 years in a row.
Cal U offers more than 200 career-focused programs of study, including associate and bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and two doctorates: Doctor of Health Science in Health Science and Exercise Leadership, and Doctor of Criminal Justice.
Cal U helps returning students complete their degrees* through The Finish Line degree completion program.
*82 degrees completed, 220 additional students enrolled as of October 2017
U.S. News & World Report ranks six Cal U Global Online degree programs among the nation’s Best Online Degree Programs for 2017.
Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn ’79 - Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks.
Michele Mandell ’69 - Former COO of Talbots Inc.
Aaron Walton ’68 - President of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and (retired) Senior Vice President of Highmark Inc. of Pittsburgh.
Thomas M. Rutledge ’77 – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Charter Communications Inc.
Kimberly Krause Snyder ’84 – President and Chief Executive Officer of Panavision Inc.
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.
The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University provides high achieving students with many academic and professional opportunities.
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.
Cheyney's Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory (AREL) provides aquaponics experience for STEM faculty and students.
Aaron A. Walton became president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on November 14, 2017.
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.
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.
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
For the second consecutive year, ESU is among the top colleges and universities nationwide being recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as a member of the 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. Other institutions joining ESU in this honor include: Ohio State University, Iowa State University, the University of Arizona and University of Kansas.
ESU’s G3 Design Lab was one of the first three Stratasys Super Labs in the world. When Stratasys, a corporation that leads the world in 3D printers, launched the J750 3D printer in 2015, the company provided only three universities in the world with the new printer: ESU, Columbia University and New York University. This technology now provides ESU students with state-of-the-art experiences in the exciting field of additive manufacturing.
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).
In the largest single grant ever awarded to ESU, the National Science Foundation granted $4 million to help transfer students complete their education at ESU in the fields of science, technology and math. The five-year grant for the project -- dubbed “Clear Path” -- provides scholarships for about 120 students who start their education at community colleges and transfer to ESU for bachelor’s degrees in such fields as biochemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics.
Blaise Delfino’14 M’16, a two-time ESU graduate from Bethlehem, Pa., earned first place in the collegiate sector of the TecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition in April 2017 winning more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Delfino’s company, Fader Plugs LLC, created first-of-its-kind, patent-pending adjustable earplugs. The design of the earplugs allows the wearer to adjust noise levels without taking the plug out of the ear.
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 history of ESU.
James Franklin ‘95 – Named Penn State’s 16th head coach in 2017.
Dr. Sam Niedbala ’82 - Founder of OraSure Technologies, Inc. (and later OraQuick) in 1989, the first rapid HIV tests in the U.S. that were approved for use with blood and saliva. Since then, Niedbala has been responsible for development of new products and technologies.
Audrey Kohl Doberstein ’53 - President emerita 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. DiZio was featured on CBS’s "Undercover Boss" in 2012 and served as ESU’s inaugural speaker for the president’s distinguished entrepreneur speaker series.
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.
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
’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.
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 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 in PA with the designation.
Kutztown University’s observatory was involved in the discovery of a newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that it's stretching the definition of the word "planet."
KU’s new Education
Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Transformational Teaching and Learning is designed to
offer education and training to prepare educators who will ultimately transform
their classroom to promote social change.
KU’s 24/7 food service program has revolutionized campus dining.
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.
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.
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.
Jordan A. Harris ’06 - Democrat serving Philadelphia County since 2013; member of the Millersville Council of Trustees.
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.
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
For the seventh time in eight years, Slippery Rock University was among one of only 79 four-year higher education institutions nationally to be recognized as a 2017 Great Place to Work by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Slippery Rock University has 90 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 2017-18 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.
Robert Stevens ’76 - CEO (Retired) Lockheed Martin Corporation
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
Brandon Fusco, ’10 – Offensive lineman, Minnesota Vikings/San Francisco 49ers
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.
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