About Smeal

The Penn State Smeal College of Business offers highly ranked undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, MAcc, Ph.D., and executive education opportunities in Pennsylvania to more than 6,000 students at all levels.

Our belief

The measure of a businessperson is the ability and ambition to grow – to get better – and as a result, to make their organization, community, and world better.

Our purpose

Your success as a leader depends on what you know and what you do. Equally important, however, is who you have around you from the start. For this, we are a partner for life. We are everywhere in the world and always in your corner – ready to open doors, offer advice, and cheer you on. Wherever you are today or imagine yourself tomorrow, bring your talent, drive, and determination, and we'll prepare you for your next great opportunity, and the one after that.

Our community

  • 6,000+ undergraduate, professional graduate, executive and doctoral students
  • 800+ faculty and staff members
  • 88,000+ alumni

Our mission

A leader in business education and research, we make meaningful impacts on society by:

  • Providing extraordinary education with a global perspective and real-world application
  • Producing the highest caliber research that informs and inspires ethical, sustainable, and innovative business practices
  • Partnering with and preparing learners for lifelong success
  • Building and promoting a culture of integrity, diversity, service and sustainability

Vision

A national leader and lifelong partner, we will prepare learners with the knowledge, resources, and pathways to shape the future of business in an ever-changing world, and positively contribute to society throughout their lives.

Smeal strategic priorities

  • Extraordinary Education: Through a portfolio of degree and non-degree programs, Smeal is committed to arming students with the critical knowledge, capabilities, and perspective that the marketplace demands.
  • Research with Impact: Smeal faculty members are prolific researchers and rank among the best in the world. The college's network of centers and institutes promote knowledge sharing and address business challenges.
  • Integrity: Smeal is committed to an Honor Code and aspires to cultivate ethical leadership by challenging members of the community to strive for greatness through fair and ethical means.
  • Diversity Enhancement: Strategically focused on embracing unique ideas and strengthening connections, Smeal is continuously building a culture that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes diversity.
  • Sustainability: Smeal has been the leader among academic units at Penn State in developing its approach to sustainability, from operations to education and research.

Penn State values

At Penn State, a set of core values guides the conduct and everyday actions of community members. These values include:

  • Integrity: We act with integrity and honesty in accordance with the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards.
  • Respect: We respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace civil discourse, and foster a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Responsibility: We act responsibly, and we are accountable for our decisions, actions, and their consequences.
  • Discovery: We seek and create new knowledge and understanding, and foster creativity and innovation, for the benefit of our communities, society, and the environment.
  • Excellence: We strive for excellence in all our endeavors as individuals, an institution, and a leader in higher education.
  • Community: We work together for the betterment of our University, the communities we serve, and the world.

Learn more about Smeal in our 2021 Annual Report.