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Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, commonly abbreviated LHU, is a state university in Lock Haven, in central Pennsylvania, United States located along the Susquehanna River, and is roughly 30 miles (48 km) from the major towns of Williamsport and State College. Lock Haven University is one of the fourteen members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

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The Central State Normal School, a private corporation until it was legally conveyed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1914, was founded in 1870 and chartered to prepare teachers for the public schools. Subsequently, changes in its mission led to changes in name, to State Teachers College Lock Haven (1926), to Lock Haven State College (1960), to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (1983).


Lock Haven University offers an excellent and affordable education characterized by a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences for all students, majors in the arts and sciences, and a special emphasis on professional programs. All programs are enhanced with real-world experiences and co-curricular activities that enable students to realize their full potential. In close personal interactions with faculty who are passionate about teaching, students are challenged to develop their minds and skills in order to be responsible citizens and to succeed in a global and technologically advanced society.


The university seeks to promote student engagement in a broad variety of academic and student life opportunities, including internships and field experiences, study abroad, service-learning, undergraduate research, athletics, and the arts. The university will seek to improve students’ success by developing a comprehensive and coordinated First-Year Experience.


The Center for Career & Professional Development focuses on the relationship among self, education and careers. It strives to contribute to the overall development of mature and self-directed individuals by providing resources and services to help them explore, select and pursue meaningful careers.


Student services

The LHU Counseling Services is an integral part of the Department of Academic Development and Counseling. The Counseling Service’s broad mission is to serve the Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus Community. The services provided include counseling students with personal, psychological, emotional, or academic adjustment issues. Consultation and education regarding mental health topics and issues affecting LHU students is also available to faculty and staff. The Counseling Services utilizes a brief, solution-focused therapy model that is based on the student’s needs and goals.

Housing services

The facilities department at Lock Haven University endeavors to maintain the highest quality facilities and grounds. The department strives to provide students, families, faculty, staff and visitors top quality maintenance operations, repair, planning and design and construction services so that we are providing top level, competent customer services with PASSHE and surrounding universities.

Library services

The mission of the LHU Libraries is to acquire and facilitate access to information resources that support the academic and professional goals of our students, faculty, and staff; to provide our students, faculty, and staff with the means and skills to locate, evaluate, and effectively use those information resources.

ICT services


  • Virtualized Computer Labs
  • SMART Boards
  • Wireless Access in Classrooms

Medical services

Any currently registered LHU student, with a valid student ID, can come to our office, during posted hours, and receive evaluation and treatment of illnesses and injuries. The following information is to be submitted PRIOR to beginning studies at LHU, to ensure accurate and timely care when you need it.

  • Personal History
  • Physical Exam
  • Immunization Record
  • Insurance Information

Student Life

Campus life

The campus covers 200 acres (81 ha) on the western side of the city of Lock Haven. The university owns another 12.9 acres (5.2 ha) at the LHU Clearfield Campus and 44 acres (18 ha) at the Sieg Conference Center. University property also includes a new East Campus in the former Lock Haven High School building. LHU has five traditional residence halls, one hall of suites and one apartment building. Students have the opportunity to live on campus all four years at Lock Haven University.

Sports facilities

LHU's Student Recreation Center is the perfect place to get fit and let off steam. Whether you're looking for the structure of a fitness class, a place to gather with friends and play racquetball, or the challenge of a climbing wall, the SRC has all you need and more.

Student clubs

Your goal here is to learn. While you’ll do a lot of that in class, there are also tons of important things you can learn from participating in clubs and activities. Wherever your interests lie LHU has a club to fit. From fashion, poetry, pre-med, and fitness to competitive sports, the outdoors, gender and women’s issues, government and policy, technology, community outreach, and spiritual and faith-based groups, the options abound. In fact, LHU has over 100 clubs and organizations with members just waiting for you to get involved.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the regional accrediting association responsible for educational institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Panama. The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) is the unit that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, United States

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