Adult Learners/Students


Outreach and Online Education has programming and services specially designed to support the unique needs of adult learners. We are proud to be advocates for our students, who often juggle a variety of work-life commitments while pursuing their educational goals.

Penn State provides adult learners of all ages access to enriching educational opportunities.

Lifelong education has become an essential element of career success. Penn State offers adult learners many ways to achieve their goals — from degree programs online or on campus to a wide array of noncredit programs.


World Campus

Students from around the world can pursue more than 90 of Penn State’s most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate, and professional education programs through convenient online formats

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Penn State is offering courses on the leading MOOC platform, Coursera, to explore the benefits of providing noncredit, free online courses on a large scale.

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Continuing Education

Adult learners and part-time students can begin or complete a degree, add new skills to their résumés, or even change careers, through evening and weekend courses in State College and Lewistown.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Seasoned adults can participate in affordable courses, trips, and social activities through the nonprofit, volunteer-driven OLLI at Penn State.

Penn State for Adults

Penn State for Adult Learners

Making it easier for adults to start their college career or return to school after a break is the goal of this website, which streamlines information gathering for busy adults.

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