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The Courtyard State College is located only minutes from Penn State University. Whether you are a future student, parent of the graduate, a proud alumni, business traveler to PSU, or even staff, you'll feel at home with our first-rate amenities, service, and ideal location.

Why Stay with Anyone Else?

The Courtyard by Marriott State College is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing change of pace when your travels bring you to the State College area. Located only 1.5 miles from Penn State University, the central location of our State College hotel puts you in the center of it all.

And, when it comes to amenities, our hotel provides all of the comforts of home while being close to all the major University attractions.

  • Spacious and modern guest rooms
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access
  • The Bistro - offering a wide selection of high quality, freshly prepared meals and beverages
  • Complimentary onsite parking
  • Indoor pool and fitness center
  • Meeting room ideal for small gatherings

Penn State Athletics

The Courtyard State College receives rave reviews from collegiate sports teams visiting to play at Penn State. Our spacious guest rooms, offering two queen beds, comfortably accommodate teams, and our full menu of catering options is ideal for sports teams when they want to get together in our meeting room for a pre-game meal and film review.

Avid Penn State fans come from all over the world to watch their favorite Nittany Lion teams play at Penn State's premier venues, all located just 1.5 miles from the Courtyard by Marriott State College.

Beaver Stadium

Pegula Ice Arena

Bryce Jordan Center

Rec Hall

From Student Orientation to Graduation and Beyond

Founded in 1855, Penn State University welcomes over 8,000 incoming freshman each fall. Undergraduates can choose from more than 160 baccalaureate majors and more than 20 associate majors.

Prospective first-year students can attend an Admissions Session and Tour to learn more about Penn State's application process. Located just 1.5 miles from Penn State's Admission building, the Courtyard State College is a perfect hotel choice for families visiting for an admissions tour, student move in, or parents weekend. Parents & Families weekend occurs each Fall over a non-home football weekend. The weekend hosts over 80 fun-filled events for parents and students to enjoy together.

Penn State offers a premier recruiting fair each fall and spring semester, hosted at the Bryce Jordan Center. Information for employers, students and alum can be found here.

Must see attractions at Penn State

During your visit to Penn State, you won't want to miss a picture op with the Nittany Lion Shrine and the WE ARE Sculpture. The Class of 1940 presented the Nittany Lion as their class gift to Penn State in 1942 and it is said to be the most photographed site on campus.

The Class of 2013 presented the iconic phrase "We Are" sculpture, a mirror-polished, solid stainless steel sculpture standing 12 feet tall and weighing 8,000 pounds. Don't forget to take a stroll along Old Main lawn and visit the Pattee Paterno Library & Old Coaly, the original informal mascot whose relics can be found in the Hub-Robeson Center.

No visit to Penn State is complete without a visit to the Penn State Creamery for some legendary ice cream. Celebrating over 150 years, the Creamery offers many crowd favorites like Keeney Beany Chocolate, Russ "Digs" Roseberry, Cherry Quist, WPSU Coffee Break, Peachy Paterno and the newest flavor, the THON Gold Ribbon Ripple. Don't forget to pick up a creamery passport to get stamped for each adventurous flavor.

Penn State Dance Marathon

Each year, Penn State students, volunteers and Four Diamonds families join together in the largest student run philanthropic fundraiser in the world; a 46 hour dance marathon event to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. THON takes place at the Bryce Jordan Center which reaches its over 15,000 seat capacity as 700+ Penn State students spend 46 hours on their feet. Since THON began in 1973, over $146 million dollars have been raised for the Four Diamonds fund to ensure that no child ever gets denied cancer treatment because the family cannot afford it. Visit the THON gift shop located within the Hub-Robeson Center.

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Relax after a long day at Penn State

After a long day at Penn State, come back to the Courtyard by Marriott® and let us provide you with everything you need to recharge your batteries. Take advantage of our Bistro, offering an assortment of healthy breakfast and dinner options, along with Starbucks coffee. Enjoy our fully-equipped fitness center, open 24 hours. End your day with a cocktail from The Bistro as you sit by our outdoor fire pit and allow all of the day's stress and tension to simply melt away. Whatever you're in the mood for, allow us to give you the room to explore, unwind, and enjoy yourself during your stay at the Courtyard State College.