About Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Consisting of approximately 4,500 residents, Kutztown is a small borough rich in history. Located in the beautiful rural Pennsylvania Dutch land of Berks County, Kutztown provides students and visitors wonderful festivals to enjoy, trails to hike, ample stores and shops, and so much more.
Kutztown is also conveniently located midway between Reading and Allentown, and is only one and a half hours from Philadelphia and Harrisburg, two hours from New York City and three hours from the Baltimore/Washington area.
Kutztown University’s mission is to provide a high quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in order to prepare students to meet lifelong intellectual, ethical, social, and career challenges.
Kutztown University aspires to be a regional center of excellence providing opportunities for advanced academic, cultural, and public service experiences, within a caring community, designed to promote success in a global society.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (commonly known as Kutztown University), is an American public university located in rural Kutztown, Berks County, Pennsylvania and is one of fourteen schools that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education, NCATE, NLN, CSWE, NASM, and NASAD.
First established in 1866, Kutztown University began as the Keystone Normal School based out of the presently-named Old Main Building and specializing in teacher education so that, in 1928, it became Kutztown State Teachers College. Eventually, the school expanded its programs outside of education to be christened Kutztown State College in 1960 and finally Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1983.
Between four undergraduate colleges and one graduate college, Kutztown University now offers programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the visual and performing arts, business, education, and certain graduate studies. Ten intercollegiate men's sports and thirteen women's sports compete within the NCAA Division II and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Recent years have seen substantial growth in the size and attendance of the university. The newly opened academic forum building, completed in the Spring of 2007 and the recent construction of a new residence hall, opened in Fall 2008, mark a major expansion project recently undertaken by the university to meet rising attendance numbers.