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Advancing the power of participation.

Take your learning from the classroom to the world and “find your why.”


By enabling even more students to have transformative experiences, the Student Engagement Network is helping to make Penn State a more vibrant place to live, learn, and grow. The network, which launched in 2017, is a comprehensive initiative across twenty-four campuses that connects students with curricular and co-curricular opportunities such as research, student organization involvement, community leadership, study abroad, internships, arts and performances, and more. Out-of-classroom learning accelerates students’ development and enhances their preparation for life after graduation. A joint effort between Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, and Outreach and Online Education, the Student Engagement Network has built strong programs that impact students, faculty, staff, and communities locally, nationally, and globally.

What We Do

  • Educate the Penn State community about student engagement partnerships and opportunities
  • Help students discover engagement opportunities that match their goals and interests
  • Prepare and advise students for engagement experiences through the grant program
  • Coordinate campus events that showcase student, faculty, staff, and community work
  • Provide faculty and staff the opportunity to explore the scholarship of engagement as fellows and scholars
  • Connect the Penn State community to experiences that enrich learning and impact

Research has shown that engaged students are healthier, happier, and primed for success. The Student Engagement Network will help ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow through a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.

Eric J. Barron

President, Penn State University