Life in Happy Valley

Students at the Nittany Lion Shrine.

Happy Valley offers a wide array of cultural, athletic and entertainment opportunities. Many resources about life in Happy Valley from the graduate student perspective can be found in the Graduate Student Association's Guide to Graduate Life ( you can find more information about this and the GSA on their website). This guide also has information regarding administrative and  housing services as well listings for transportation, public schools and banks, etc.

For additional resources, please visit the links below.

General Information

(Demographics, communities, housing, employment, schools, businesses, etc.)

Apartments (State College Area) Bellefonte (County seat)
Boalsburg (Birthplace of Memorial Day) Borough of State College
Campus Graduate Student Housing Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau
Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA Bus system) Centre Region Council of Governments
Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County Downtown State College
State College State College Area School District (SCASD)

Local Media

Centre Daily Times(Local newspaper) Radio Stations
State College Magazine Television Listings
Town & Gown (Local magazine) Voices of Central Pennsylvania (Independent / alternative newspaper)

WPSU (Public television, radio)

Arts, Culture, Festivals and Events

Acoustic Brew Coffeehouse (Folk/acoustic concert series) Ag Progress Days (Farming exposition)
Bryce Jordan Center (concert, event, and sports venue) Center for the Performing Arts
Central PA 4thFest (July 4th Celebration and fireworks display) Central PA Festival of the Arts (music, arts and crafts)
First Night (New Years celebration) Grange Fair (Historic ‘tenting’ fair)
Music at Penn’s Woods (Summer concert series) Nittany Valley Symphony
Palmer Museum of Art Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra
Pennsylvania Centre Stage (Resident theatre company) Pennsylvania Military Museum
People's Choice Festival (Music, arts, crafts) State College Choral Society
State Theatre Summer’s Best Music Fest

Sports and the Outdoors

Blue and White Golf Courses Centre Region Bike Coalition
Centre Soccer Association Nittany Mountain Biking Association
Nittany Valley Running Club Penn State Sports
State College Spikes (minor league baseball team) Tussey Mountain Ski Resort