​​Each of the 14 State System universities​ was established more than a century ago to meet specific needs within its community and regions. They serve that same role today, yet in a much broader way than originally designed. In fact, the State System has a long track record of evolving to meet the changing needs of the people of Pennsylvania, and will continue to do so. Dedicated faculty and staff work hard every day to successfully advance the mission and to serve students. 

The 14 universities provide high-quality educational experiences while continuing to be among the most affordable four-year institutions in Pennsylvania—striving to provide every student, regardless of zip code or family background, the opportunity to achieve success and upward mobility.​