Pennsylvania State, founded in 1855 as an agricultural college, admitted its first class in 1859. The Pennsylvania legislature designated Penn State as the Commonwealth’s sole land-grant institution in 1863, which eventually broadened the university’s mission to include teaching, research and public service in many academic disciplines. Penn State has been Pennsylvania’s largest source of baccalaureate degrees since the 1930s. Today Penn State is one of four “state-related” universities (along with the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University); institutions that are not state-owned or operated but that have the character of public universities and receive state appropriations. With its administrative and research hub at the University Park campus, Penn State has 23 additional locations across Pennsylvania. While some of these locations have specialised academic roles, they all adhere to a common overall mission and set of core values and strategic goals. Additionally, Penn State World Campus offers more than 100 accredited graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificates and minors via distance education.