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Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania







Barbara B. Dixon




We are proud that our town name - Lock Haven - includes the word haven.  Our community has been a place of comfort, relaxation and safety since the early 1800s.  Known for its beautiful scenery and vast outdoor opportunities, Lock Haven provides the perfect atmosphere for learning both in and out of the classroom.  Residents enjoy hiking our local trails and tubing, boating and swimming in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River while also enjoying activities at the Piper Museum, summer stock theatre at Millbrook Playhouse and the cardboard boat races at Riverfest. With annual events such as the Labor Day Regatta, Sentimental Journey and Best of Clinton County Summer Festival, the community comes together to enjoy the benefits of living in a small town . With a population of just over 9,000, the community is friendly and welcoming.  Local gathering spots such as Avenue 209 host informative, social and fun events, bringing the university and the townspeople together.


Lock Haven University’s interdisciplinary nanotechnology program emphasizes undergraduate research and prepares students in all science disciplines to use nanotechnology in their respective fields of study. Student engagement through undergraduate research is a key feature, offering students opportunities to publish or present their findings in peer reviewed forums.  All nanotechnology program students attend a summer semester at Penn State’s Nanotechnology Application and Career Knowledge Center (NACK) partly supported by grants from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The National Science Foundation began funding LHU’s nanotechnology program with grants in 2008 and 2009 amounting to nearly $700,000.  The nanotechnology program has filed two provisional patents for discoveries made at LHU’s laboratories, including one patent on which a student is co-inventor.


Lock Haven University offers the only Masters Degree entry level, fully accredited, Physician Assistant program in a publicly funded institution in Pennsylvania.  With four campus locations (Lock Haven, Clearfield, Harrisburg, and Coudersport) the program has been recognized for its innovative modular curriculum design that couples high tech with high touch. The program has been nationally ranked by U.S, News and World Report and boasts a more than 90 percent first-time pass rate on the national certifying examination. In 2010 the program achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate. Graduates of the program are highly sought after, with more than 90 percent of graduates having received job offers before graduation. Graduates earn a highly competitive salary with starting salaries of $60,000 to $70,000. Admission to the program is highly competitive with more than 800 applications per year.






Lock Haven University has a combined undergraduate enrollment of 4,969 on its main and Clearfield campuses. About 8 percent of undergraduates are from outside Pennsylvania, including 25 states and 21 other countries.  LHU offers 48 majors and certificate programs with 47 minors. The university offers master’s programs in education and health sciences (Physician Assistant). In 2010-11, the university awarded 92 associate degrees, 781 bachelor’s degrees and 92 master’s degrees. In Fall 2010, there were 556 full-time employees. This included 261 full-time faculty, 82 percent with earned doctorates and 12 percent representing ethnic minorities. More than 120 students study abroad each year and more than 115 international students enrich the climate on campus. LHU offers study-abroad programs in more than 20 countries. The Global Honors Program is available for qualified students.





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Women's - Basketball, cross country, field hockey (Division I), indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball.




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Created at 11/9/2010 6:21 PM by Haas, Diane
Last modified at 2/26/2014 11:26 AM by Haas, Diane