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Our Majors

Come Explore ISTWhether you are interested in creating the next cool application for mobile devices, helping businesses to leverage technology tools, or helping to keep our people, resources and assets safe, you will find programs in the College of IST to meet your goals.


What do you want to be after you graduate college? A consultant, a tech start-up entrepreneur, a cyber-security analyst, an enterprise architect, to name a few?

Student Life

The more you learn about the College of IST, the more you’ll realize there is no “typical” student. Our students have widely varying backgrounds and interests. Some didn’t take any technology classes in high school beyond keyboarding. Some studied Web design and programming, while others have taken courses to become certified in Microsoft Office and Cisco training. What unites College of  IST students is a common interest in technology, math, problem solving, and working with other people. Beyond the classroom, our students are involved in various College of IST student organizations including WIST (Women in IST), D-Net (Diversity Network), Student Government, and the IST Special Living Option, to name a few.

Honors Education

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) partners with the Schreyer Honors College to offer an honors education to College of IST students. Our goal is to produce critical thinkers who push the boundaries of what we know, and thoughtful researchers who undertake meaningful and rigorous studies of the impact of information technologies on individuals, organizations, and society.

IST offers courses (including independent studies and research project courses), a thesis experience, research opportunities, internships, study abroad experiences, graduate opportunities, and advising to students who seek an honors education.


Through the generosity of alumni, corporate partners and friends, the College of Information Sciences and Technology and Penn State are able to offer a number of scholarships to our students.

Full-time students enrolled in the College of IST will be considered automatically for many IST scholarships for which they are eligible upon completion of the FAFSA. The recommended filing date is April 15. This includes incoming freshman in both offer and accept status. Students are notified by mail and e-mail of their award.

Visit Us

IST BuildingChoosing the right college is one of the biggest decisions of your academic career and the best way to find out if IST is right for you is to come visit us yourself! We have many options for you to visit throughout the year regardless of where you are in your college search.  Set up a visit today!


Ready to get started? To apply to Penn State, please use the online application. You will be asked to create an account that you can access using your User ID and password.

We recommend that you apply to the IST program at Penn State between September 1 and November 30 of your senior year in high school. Make sure to also send in your SAT/ACT scores and high school transcript by November 30 as admission to Penn State, especially the University Park campus, becomes more competitive after that date.