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Activities of all kinds, including NCAA Division III athletics

Academic excellence is only part of the Penn State story. With more than forty special-interest clubs and organizations, Penn State Berks has something for almost everyone. Learn to manage budgets and be a leader in the Student Government Association. Raise and sell poinsettias with the Agriculture Club. Expand your horizons in Dimensions, the Ethnic Society, or the Cultural Diversity Club. Take the first steps to stardom with the Penn Players or the Performing Arts Club. Whatever your interests, you're likely to find a club or activity to join.

In keeping with Penn State's famous sports tradition. Penn State Berks offers varsity, club, and intramural sports including baseball, basketball, cross-country, cycling, dance, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. In 2008, Berks campus became a full member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III program. Visit our athletics website for more information.

Tom Smith

Tom Smith
Communication Arts and Sciences

“When I toured the campus, I noticed all the opportunities to get involved in activities and make a name for myself. I became captain of the basketball team, vice president for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and a member of Student Government Association and Lion Ambassadors. Penn State Berks is about choices and opportunities. The Communication Arts and Sciences program provided structure and taught me to be a better communicator – a skill I hope to put to use in a career in criminal justice.”

Kevin Heilman

Kevin Heilman

“I liked the idea of starting my college career at Berks, and I wanted to play baseball. During my first year, our team had such an awesome season, and I fell in love with the campus and the surrounding area, so I decided to stay for all four years.”
When Kevin Heilman first arrived at Penn State Berks, he planned to complete two years at the college and then move on to University Park to complete his degree. But after enjoying two successful seasons playing for the college’s NCAA Division III Baseball Team, which won the NEAC Conference Championship, he decided to earn his Business degree at Berks.

Kevin enjoys being on the ground floor and helping to build the college’s baseball program, and he was named First-Team All-Conference his first year. He completed two internships in the area of sports marketing--a summer internship with Grand Slam USA, and a fall internship with the Reading Royals.


Students can complete the first two years of more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs offered at other Penn State locations. Or they can choose to enroll in one of the college's 20 bachelor's degree programs. The college continuously works to develop additional baccalaureate degree programs that meet community needs.

These bachelor's degree programs are complemented by academic minors, which enhance students' educational experience. Penn State Berks also offers 5 Associate degree programs, which are available in a variety of fields.

Penn State Berks also offers educational opportunities for adult learners through an extensive selection of continuing education classes, including undergraduate credit courses, professional certificate programs, and special-interest noncredit classes and seminars. All are designed to help you get ahead in today's (and tomorrow's) job market.


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