Graduate Programs at Lock Haven University
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Lock Haven University

Lock Haven University Campus
The history of Lock Haven University is the story of the creation of a climate conducive for teaching and learning.
Lock Haven University, which was once the Central State Normal School, a private corporation until it was legally conveyed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1914, was founded in 1870 and chartered to prepare teachers for the public schools. Subsequently, changes in its mission led to changes in name, to State Teachers College at Lock Haven (1926), to Lock Haven State College (1960), to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (1983). The last name change occurred when the State System of Higher Education was created and Lock Haven University joined the 13 other universities within the State System.

Gradually, the scope of our commitment to education has broadened. Emphasis was first given to Elementary Education, with Kindergarten and Primary grades, Intermediate and Junior High levels, and Secondary Education added later. When the Commonwealth moved beyond the concept of an exclusively teacher’s college after 1960, Lock Haven State College became a dual purpose institution with undergraduate curricula in both education and the liberal arts. Graduate programs were instituted after the formation of the State System.

Not only has the mission and vision of Lock Haven University expanded over the years, but also the physical environment and facilities have seen extensive changes. Due to increases in numbers of students, from approximately 600 in the 1940s to over 2,000 in 1970, and current enrollments at approximately 4,600 students, the campus has been modernized with the addition of many new buildings and residence halls, as well as an extensive library collection housed in technologically current facilities.
Students at Lock Haven University
Quick facts
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,199 on the main campus, with 273 in Clearfield
  • Graduate enrollment: 355
  • 49 majors and certifications with 47 minors
  • Student faculty ratio 18:1
  • 502 full-time employees
  • Over 150 clubs and organizations
  • Comprehensive financial aid and scholarship program. 91% of full-time freshman receive aid
  • Guaranteed housing for freshmen and sophomores, with internet access from all rooms
Lock Haven University campus in the Autumn



Luca – International Business Administration

One of the things that I like the most so far is the school environment. Professors are super nice, and they help you whenever you ask for something.

Luca – International Business Administration
Niamh – Health Science concentration in Exercise Science

I have made lifelong friends with some amazing people. I felt so welcomed by all students, faculty and other staff around campus. Lock Haven has a brilliant and welcoming environment where everyone is so focused on helping you succeed.

Niamh – Health Science concentration in Exercise Science
Anna - Business

Lock haven University has so much to offer for international students. The classes they provide are challenging but manageable; all the professors are willing to help and love to see you succeed.

The area of Lock Haven University is so beautiful, and it makes it enjoyable to study here.

Anna - Business
Tamia - PreK-4 Early Childhood Education

I love that I get to experience a different culture and meet new people from not just America but all over the world. The area is also very relaxing; the professors are great, and there is a strong sense of school community!

Tamia - PreK-4 Early Childhood Education
Ivo – Mathematics

I was pleasantly surprised how well the professors take care of their students and always have an open door about any issue, either academic related or private issue. The students in each class are really open minded and nice and try to be as helpful as they can be.

Ivo – Mathematics
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