Penn State York began in 1926 when Bill Allen, a chemical engineer, urged J. Orvis Keller of Penn State to begin business management classes in the York area. Since its humble beginnings, Penn State York has grown to include a master's degree in education, eight baccalaureate degree options, six baccalaureate degree minors, and six associate degrees. Penn State York's facilities have also grown to include fifty-one-acres that include six tennis courts, athletic fields, several acres of woodland, and five major building facilities including the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, and the John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium. The Pullo Family Performing Arts Center provides seating for 1,016 people and offers full theatre capabilities.
Penn State York is conveniently situated in the midst of many major attractions. A less than an hour drive can take students to the historical National Military Park in Gettysburg, the Amish country in Lancaster with all its crafts and outlets, our state capital in Harrisburg, or the famous funfilled Hersheypark. Students can also take advantage of entertainment, cultural, and sporting events offered in nearby Baltmore, Washington, and Philadelphia.