Brandywine's Edge on Academics
An opportunity for you as a first-year student to get a head start on your Penn State Brandywine education in an innovative learning atmosphere.
Begin your university experience this summer at Penn State Brandywine. Choose your pride and fulfill two valuable general education requirements that apply to your degree. Make new friends, go on exciting field trips, work with lively, enthusiastic faculty, experience something new every day, and become a member of a dynamic learning community.
What is Be A Lion?
BE A LION is an opportunity for new students to start their Penn State career in a small college atmosphere within the larger University. BE A LION is only for first-year students offered admission to our campus and is available only during the Summer Session II, June 26-August 7. Students offered admission for the fall semester can change their admission to the summer session to participate in BE A LION if they’d like.
How does it work?
Each student will be assigned to a “pride.” (A pride is a group of lions – in this case, Penn State Nittany Lions.) A pride consists of two 3-credit courses with the same students in both. A student registered for one course within a BE A LION pride is automatically registered for both courses.
Read how students benefited from the Be A Lion program in this excerpt from our campus magazine Brandywine Pride.
Check out the photo gallery from a recent field trip to the United Nations.
"Be A Lion gives you a head start on college."
-Matthew Stein, Chester Springs
"I like how classes are so small that everyone gets to know each other. We all know someone when we get to school in the fall."
-Megan Gilroy, Berwyn
Conestoga High School
"Be A Lion really set a good tone for my entire college experience. It led me to so many unique opportunities at Brandywine, including honors, travel abroad, THON, and the chance to participate in a national leadership conference!"
Penncrest High School