Smart See, Smart Do: Penn State, University Park


 Photo credit from left to right: Andy Colwell, Chris Koleno, Greg Grieco

Getting your picture made at the Nittany Lion Shrine should be on your list when you visit Penn State. American sculptor Heinz Warneke carved this campus icon, the Class of 1940’s parting gift, from a large block of Indiana limestone. It stands near Recreation Hall on the University Park campus and is one of the most photographed sites there. 

What, you may ask, is a Nittany Lion? It’s a mountain lion, the kind that once roamed Mount Nittany, near the site of campus.

Penn State’s multicampus system offers more than 160 majors across 20 undergraduate campuses. You can check to find out what visit opportunities are available at each campus, or call Undergraduate Admissions at (814) 865-5471.

    Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
    201 Shields Building
    University Park, PA 16802-1294

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Kathie Dickenson edited this
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