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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro University
PresidentDr. Michael J. Hannan (acting as of 3/27/2018)
ProvostMichael Hannan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
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41°52?12?N 80°07?19?W / 41.870°N 80.122°W / 41.870; -80.122Coordinates: 41°52?12?N 80°07?19?W / 41.870°N 80.122°W / 41.870; -80.122
Campus585 acres (237 ha)
Fight songScotland the Brave
ColorsRed and White            
AthleticsNCAA Division I - EWL
NicknameFighting Scots
Sports1 Division I
13 Division II

Not to be confused with the University of Edinburgh.

Edinboro University is a comprehensive public university in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. It is one of 14 schools associated with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The town is named after Edinburgh in Scotland. Edinboro University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). It has more than 6,000 enrolled students spread between the main campus and the Porreco College in Erie.


The main campus is located 18 miles (29 km) from Erie and within 5 miles (8.0 km) of the educational and population centers of McKean, Waterford, and Albion. The main campus has 42 buildings on a 585-acre (2.37 km2) campus which includes a 5-acre (20,000 m2) lake, open fields and woods, 10 on-campus residence halls (Highlands 1~8, Rose Hall and Earp Hall) for approximately 2,500 students, and the seven-story Baron-Forness Library. Edinboro University offers 150 degree programs and 57 minors. . The student-faculty ratio is 18:1.

Edinboro students may also choose to complete coursework toward workforce-related associate degrees at the Porreco College in Erie. The Porreco College sits on the former Louis Porreco farm and estate in Millcreek Township and allows students to complete a community college-like education without leaving the Erie area. The Porreco College consists of 10 buildings in a farm-like setting.

Notable programs

The fountain on Mallory Lake and the Baron-Forness Library

Students with high academic aptitude scores and excellent high school records are eligible to participate in the University's Honors Program.

Edinboro University has an extensive undergraduate degree program in Art[1] that provides conservatory quality instruction at an affordable cost. The Art Department has approximately 1,000 students in four undergraduate programs (Art History, Applied Media Arts, Fine Arts/Crafts, and Art Education) as well as two graduate programs (Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts). The department encompasses four buildings, and houses two on-campus galleries, the Bates and Bruce Galleries.[2] The undergraduate program allows for specialization in art education, art history, cinema (Animation and Film), graphic design, photography, ceramics, drawing, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, print making, sculpture, textile design, weaving/fibers, and wood/furniture design.

Reeder Hall

The Office for Students with Disabilities provides support services dedicated to enhancing the university's commitment to equal opportunity for all students with disabilities. The university was recognized as having one of the five most extensive support programs for students with disabilities in the United States by author Chris Wise Tiedemann in the 2012 book "College Success for Students with Physical Disabilities." {{[3]}}. Visitors and all members of the campus community benefit from these services that provide high levels of accessibility for persons with disabilities. Edinboro also serves as the beta chapter of Delta Alpha Pi, a relatively new national honors society for students with disabilities.

An international education program provides educational opportunities for students from 37 other countries. Visiting scholars from around the world serve as resource individuals for area schools, businesses and industries, in addition to providing special lectures, seminars and workshops for Edinboro students and faculty.


Academy Hall.

Edinboro University was founded as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers in 1857, by the region's original Scottish settlers. It is the oldest training institution west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in all of Pennsylvania. In the beginning, Edinboro modestly consisted of one two-story building, six classrooms, three instructors, 110 students and a principal. That original building still stands—Academy Hall—the home of the undergraduate admissions office. In 1861, the Edinboro Academy affiliated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to become the second State Normal School in Pennsylvania, occasionally known as the Northwest State Normal School. In 1914, the state purchased the school from the original stockholders and renamed the Edinboro State Normal School. By 1927, the advancement of academic programs to include liberal arts study required the school to rename itself Edinboro State Teachers College. Further development of the liberal arts to include degree programs outside the field of education resulted in Edinboro becoming Edinboro State College in 1960. Continued development of undergraduate liberal arts programs and advanced graduate degrees earned Edinboro university status in 1983.[4]

Edinboro University celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006-07.

Scottish heritage and traditions

As of Spring 2011, Edinboro is the first school in the world to offer a music education degree (BAME) that is open to students with a focus in bagpiping. The university and town that share the Edinboro name were founded by Scottish immigrants. Holding to its tradition, Edinboro University has a pipe band (a band that consists of bagpipes, snare drums and a bass drum) that performs alone and also with the "Spirit of the Scots" marching band for school related functions. Each year, Edinboro hosts a three-day highland games festival complete with Scottish heavy athletics; dancing; bagpipe band; Celtic harp; and other competitions. The University's fight song is a version of Scotland the Brave.


Edinboro University offers 17 varsity sports: women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, volleyball, swimming, soccer, softball, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field, and men's football, wrestling, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, wheelchair basketball and outdoor track and field. All but the wrestling and wheelchair basketball are NCAA Division II programs and members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Wrestling competes on the NCAA Division I level, and is not only a member of the PSAC, but also competes in the Eastern Wrestling League. Its wheelchair basketball team competes in the NWBA Intercollegiate Division. Edinboro was the first college in Pennsylvania to offer women's athletics when it formed the Girl's Athletic Association in 1897. Edinboro also had programs in men's soccer, men's golf, women's field hockey, women's synchronized swimming, and men's baseball.

Student life

Edinboro University has more than 100 student organizations encompassing academic clubs and honor societies, professional organizations, general student interests, music and theater organizations, and Greek Life. Edinboro's Student Government Association manages a budget of over $1 million, and provides many student services. The student activity fee provides funding for student organizations, athletic programs, and campus programming. The University Programming Board plans and contracts for student activities such as sightseeing and shopping trips, free movies, concerts and comedians, notable guest speakers, and activities in the University Center.

Fraternities and sororities

Social fraternities and sororities at Edinboro include:

Edinboro is also home to many Greek honors, service, and professional organizations. All of these organizations, with the exception of Sigma Alpha Iota, are co-ed. Edinboro's academic honorary and professional Greek letter organizations and clubs include:

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Edinboro.edu
  2. ^ Brucegallery.org
  3. ^ Tiedemann, Chris Wise (February 2012). College Success for Students with Disabilities. Prufrock Press, Inc. p. 143. ISBN 9781593638610.
  4. ^ Edinboro.edu
  5. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/gregor-gillespie
  6. ^ "Josh Koscheck UFC Bio". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Tracy Seyfert (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03.
  8. ^ "Justin Wilcox MMA Bio". Retrieved .

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