Penn State Hazleton
is a commonwealth campus
of the Pennsylvania State University
. It is located in Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne County
, near the junction of Interstates 80 and 81. The campus occupies over in Sugarloaf Township
and has an enrollment of over 1,200 full and part-time students; both traditional and non-traditional.
Penn State Hazleton's origins trace back to 1934 during the depths of the Great Depression
. Since this was a time when many people could not afford to go to college, the college came to the people. At the request of Hazleton's community leaders, a community survey was completed by the Pennsylvania State College's extension services to determine the actual extent of the need and community support for a center. Hazleton was one of 14 communities to request a center, and only four requests were fulfilled. In September 1934, the Hazleton Undergraduate Center opened with 47 full-time and 60 part-time evening students. The freshman and sophomore students began their studies in Hazleton and completed their degree at Penn State's main campus in State College
or another institution.
Over the next several years, the center was housed in various locations—first in the upper floors of the Markle Bank Building on Broad and Wyoming Streets, then in the former Broad Street School. To accommodate the influx of men and women returning from service in World War II
, additional space was leased in the A.D. Thomas Elementary School and the... Read More