IST at a Glance

The College

Opening its doors in 1999, the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State is home to a thriving community of students, scholars, staff, alumni, and friends. Through innovative research and a student-centered approach to interdisciplinary education, we are delivering on the college's founding mission to prepare leaders for the Information Age.


College of IST
enrolls first students


Degree and certificate programs


Campuses offer
IST degrees or courses


IST alumni


Penn State - Best Alumni Network
(Princeton Review - 2022)


Best Online Master's
in Computer IT Programs
(USNWR - 2023)

Our Students

There is no such thing as a typical IST student. They hail from all over the world and bring their diverse experiences to campus, creating a dynamic and supportive community that celebrates individual successes and group achievements. But they do have one thing in common—a drive to make our world a better place.


Undergraduate students


Graduate students


Online graduate and
undergraduate students
(Penn State World Campus)


First-generation students


Students from
underrepresented backgrounds


International students

Career Outcomes

Our students and graduates blend technological expertise with teamwork and communication skills to tackle real-world problems, preparing them for critical roles with many of the world's leading companies, organizations, government agencies, and graduate schools. Their technical knowledge, business savvy, and global awareness position them as collaborative and versatile leaders who can thrive in every environment.


Undergraduate students
complete an internship
before graduating


Undergraduate students
receive a job offer from
an internship provider


Undergraduate students
complete multiple


Average full-time
starting salary
(B.S. graduates)


Positions posted to
Nittany Lion Careers
for IST students


Organizations recruit
IST students annually

Research and Faculty

Research in IST focuses on systems-level thinking, higher conceptualization of global problems, and interdisciplinary connectivity. We explore innovative solutions to how we can deal with the complex and emerging problems that are changing the way we think, live, and engage with the world. Our faculty, students, and scholars represent the best Penn State has to offer.

$23.7 million

External research
funding credited to
IST faculty since FY20

$270 million

Total research funding
awarded since 1999


Seed grants and matching
funds awarded by IST


Full-time faculty


Affiliate faculty


Part-time and
visiting faculty

All stats are for the University Park campus in 2021-22 unless otherwise noted.