Penn State University

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

School Colors: Blue & White
Nickname: Nittany Lions
Mascot: The Lion

NITTANY LIONS & THE LION MASCOT

The Nittany Lion resembles an ordinary mountain lion that once roamed central Pennsylvania, particularly on nearby Mount Nittany, until the late 1800s. The word “Nittany” is presumably derived from the Native American Algonquian language word Nit-A-Nee meaning "single mountain.”  Therefore, by the time Penn State University was established in 1855, the term "Nitta... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

Fight On State Penn State’s fight song was composed in 1935 by Joseph Saunders while Saunders was living in Atlantic City. It was first a song for the freshman class before the Blue Band and school adopted it as their own. The lyrics state that “victory we predict for thee," and even tell the team to run up the score! (This was written before the Paterno Era... (more)

NITTANY LION SHRINE & GUARDING THE SHRINE

This sleek statue of a Nittany Lion was donated to PSU by the class of 1940 and was carved from a 13-ton block of Indiana... (more)

THON

Short for the Penn State’s Pan-Hellenic Dance MaraTHON, THON is one of the biggest weekends throughout the school year and the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. According to the website, this is a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hos... (more)

CLIMBING MOUNT NITTANY

  Climbing a mountain could be considered a means of exercise or exploration, but for some, climbing a mountain is a tradition. Known by many students, faculty and alumni as an annual tradition, this mountain can provide one of the most amazing views of Happy Valley. According to the mountain’s website, the mountain became a conservancy back in 1945. The Lion’s Paw Alumni Association ... (more)