Dean’s Perspective

Absorbing the Shocks

The COVID-19 pandemic had a severe and rapid negative effect on the economy, causing widespread business closures, supply chain disruptions, and job losses. Over time, the government implemented several stimulus measures to mitigate a recession, highlighting the pandemic’s economic challenges.

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The Future of Business Education

At Penn State Smeal, our applications and enrollments are as strong as ever. In fact, we received close to 18,000 applications last year — an increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year — and more than 900 students accepted our offer of fall admission to Smeal at University Park.

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Record-setting Generosity

When the University’s “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence” fundraising campaign began in 2016, we set ambitious goals that would make a Smeal education more accessible and create transformative opportunities for future business leaders.

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