The Hazleton Undergraduate Center opened in September 1934 and was housed in various locations in downtown Hazleton. A permanent home came in December 1948 through a purchase and donation when the college acquired the 66-acre former estate of the Markle family. The estate consisted of four buildings, including a 32-room fieldstone mansion, giving the university the space it needed.
Penn State University offers baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, minors, and credit & non-credit certificates in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 275 Penn State majors can be started here and completed at University Park or another Penn State campus. Additionally, ten baccalaureate degree programs and five associate degree programs can be completed at Penn State Hazleton.