Penn State College of Engineering
Corner Room restaurant as viewed from the intersection of College Avenue and Allen Street

About Happy Valley

You already know that Penn State is praised as one of the best universities in the world – especially in engineering – but that’s just the start. State College – also known as Happy Valley – makes an appearance on many Best Of lists because of its friendly and vibrant atmosphere, rich connection to education, and natural beauty.

#2: Smartest Cities

(Lumosity, 2013)

#2: Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

(Niche, 2015)

#2: Best College Town

(Wallet Hub, 2014)

#3: Best College Towns

(American Institute for Economic Research, 2013)

#3: Safest Metropolitan Areas in the United States

(CQ Press, 2013)

#4: Most Secure Small Cities in America

(population less than 150,000)

(Farmers Insurance, 2013)

#10: Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

(, 2016)

#10: Healthiest Colleges in America

(, 2014)

Central Pennsylvania truly has something for everyone: natural beauty, culture, food, and a great night life for those times you just need a little break.

Expenditures: Penn State Engineering rands third in the ranking of N S F and S & E research expenditures. U.S. News & World Report: Penn State Engineering's graduate programs ranked twenty-fifth in the 2015 America's Best Graduate Schools.
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