Pennsylvania State University is a public, land-donated research university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in Pennsylvania Farmers High School in 1855, Penn State conducts teaching, research and public service.Penn State is in the top 1 percent of universities worldwide. It has the largest alumni network in the nation. Founded in 1855, it combines academic rigor with a vibrant campus life. Granted the highest rating for research universities by the Carnegie Foundation, Penn State teaches students to be leaders with a global perspective.