Kutztown University is nestled in eastern Berks County among bucolic farms with a view of Appalachian Mountains in the distance. The campus is spread across 330 acres just north of the Borough of Kutztown, a community of approximately 5,000 residents. Less than 80 minutes from Philadelphia and approximately two hours from the center of New York City, the town and university enjoy daily commerce with Reading, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and New Jersey. Kutztown is rich in Pennsylvania German heritage. Early settlers from the Palatinate area of Germany created a vital community in this region of the state. Today, the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, located on campus, works to preserve that tradition. Considered by many to be one of best places to live in Pennsylvania, the rolling hills of Berks County provide a variety of breathtaking landscapes full of quiet trails and parks for biking, hiking and general recreation.
Since 1866, Kutztown University has been dedicated to the success of its students. Through the years, the university grew from one building for training future teachers to a 330-acre campus, offering many fields of study in countless facilities. Enrollment went from 776 in 1900, to 1,921 in 1950, to 9,804 today. KU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees through four individual colleges: Liberal Arts and Science, Education, Business and Visual and Performing Arts. An active and vibrant student life is supported by approximately 160 student organizations including advisory councils, academic, diversified interest and student clubs, pre-professional organizations, honorary societies and more. Students enjoy the benefits of a modern recreation center, fully computerized classrooms and residence halls, a growing digital library, a newly remodeled arts building and gallery, and a student union with all of the comforts. Additionally, the well-maintained and award-winning campus landscape is considered one of the most attractive in the nation. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary School, and professionally by the National Council of Teacher Education.