Online enrollment at Penn State grows


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Increasing at more than double the national average, Penn State’s online enrollments are the result of the strong partnership between the World Campus and the University’s academic colleges and campuses.

The number of students learning online through Penn State’s World Campus grew 22 percent, from 9,380 to 11,420, from academic year 2010-11 to 2011-12. Enrollments in online courses also increased 19 percent, from 39,219 to 46,693.

Established in 1998, the World Campus delivers more than 80 graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs online to students in every state and many countries worldwide.


The top five online academic programs are:

Psychology (bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees), College of the Liberal Arts.

Geographic information systems graduate programs, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Information sciences and technology undergraduate and graduate programs, College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Intercollege master of business administration (iMBA), Smeal College of Business, Penn State Erie Black School of Business, Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration.

Human resources and employment relations master’s degree, College of the Liberal Arts.


Offering Penn State degrees and certificates online through the World Campus can be beneficial for students, because several programs include faculty members across multiple academic colleges and campuses.

In the iMBA program, for example, faculty members from four schools of business are educating students. As Ashutosh Deshmukh, iMBA program chair and professor of accounting and MIS at the Penn State Erie Black School of Business, explains, the program has many advantages.

“Only the graduate faculty members who are effective teachers and have strong publication records teach in the program,” said Deshmukh.

Another component helping to increase online enrollments is the World Campus’ coordinated national advertising/marketing campaign and website redesign, which since last July have resulted in nearly 1.8 million website visits; more than 53,500 requests for information about academic programs (including 6,200 requests from the mobile website); and a 19 percent increase in mobile site traffic.

More information

Visit to learn more about Penn State’s online programs. Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 80 of Penn State’s graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through online formats.

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