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I chose Penn State Berks because of its location, what it has to offer, and it being a Division III NCAA school.  Penn State Berks is only about an hour from where I live - this to me means it is not too far away, yet not too close to home.

Penn State Berks offers thirteen baccalaureate degrees to choose from to graduate at Berks, and it also offers you the option of going to University Park to enter any one of many degree options Penn State University offers.

Finally, what made me choose Berks is the fact that they are now NCAA Division III status in twelve sports.  I like the opportunity I have, and that is getting a degree and playing Division III basketball at Berks.

Student Profile, Fowler
Mark Fowler Class of 2010 Engineering


Phtoto of student Lindsey Kurtz I love Penn State Berks because it allows me to excel in my classes, be involved with so many activities with my friends, and I can still commute from home.

There are over 40 clubs here at Berks, and I'm involved with the Bowling Club, Campus Activities Board, and I'm also the secretary of PennPlayers, our theatre group on campus.  With planning activities on campus, doing makeup for our theatre productions, and having a blast with my friends, I can say that there's never a dull moment at Berks.
Lindsey Kurtz Class of 2008 Life Science


Why Berks?

I chose Berks because it was small in size and would be an easy transition from high school. It wasn’t my initial plan to complete my education at Berks however after my first year I felt extremely comfortable and knew I wanted to stay. The individual attention was essential in my success here. All of my professors know my name and have made time for me whenever I needed help. Becoming a Resident Assistant and joining the Lion Ambassadors has made me feel like I am a positive addition to this campus. It also gave me the opportunity to meet great people and create a second family.

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Candice Escarpeta Class of 2006 Business


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Ivan A. Shibley, Jr. (Ike) is associate professor of chemistry at Penn State University, Berks campus. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from East Carolina University. He teaches introductory chemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and philosophy of science courses as well as a first-year seminar on bioethics and a senior-year seminar for science majors.
Dr. Ike Shibley Associate Professor Chemistry