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Undergraduate Diversity

This page provides information on Undergraduate Diversity at Smeal.

The Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs works with both prospective students and current students to enhance the academic experience at Smeal, striving to create a community where students can feel comfortable interacting with their peers and giving them the confidence they need to achieve their educational goals. Our office prepares high school students for the rigors of collegiate life and helps current students leverage the vast resources and personal focus of a distinctive learning community through professional development, corporate networking opportunities, and educational support programs.

Current Smeal students should visit the Undergraduate Student Exchange for more information on diversity-related services including academic counseling, networking events, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and more.

Diversity Enhancement offers the following services to prospective students:

Personalized Academic Planning: Advising staff will help you navigate your academic path, monitor your progress, and ensure you receive guidance when needed. Advisers will work with you to select a major, provide insight on which courses to take, and help you to hone in on your specific interests to make the most of your academic experience.

BOSS Summer Program: This two-week summer program is for rising high school seniors. Held annually during the last two weeks in June, students will live in residence halls on Penn State’s University Park campus and attend workshops on business courses, the college admissions process, and company visits.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Penn State, Smeal, and the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs are dedicated to providing financial assistance to students who qualify. Scholarships are available for both needs-based and merit-based students.

Student Organizations: Smeal provides a variety of leadership and professional development opportunities, including eight diversity-focused student organizations.

S.T.A.R.T. Diversity Conference: Striving Toward Awareness and Respect for Tomorrow (S.T.A.R.T.) is a student-run diversity conference where committee members work closely with corporate representatives to develop an agenda of workshops featuring best practices pertaining to diversity topics and initiatives.

Corporate Networking Opportunities: Smeal will assist you with corporate networking and placement activities through a variety of events, leadership seminars, and internships sponsored by leading companies.

Prospective Student Info Sessions: High school juniors and their families can arrange a visit to Smeal by contacting the Smeal Undergraduate Education Office at 814-863-1947. Visits typically include a meeting with a Smeal academic adviser, a tour of the Business Building, and a meeting with the Office of Diversity Enhancement Programs. Most visits are conducted on Mondays and Fridays.

Contact Us

Jamie Campbell
Assistant Dean for Diversity Enhancement Programs


Terry Cummins


Tammy Houser
Program Assistant