Visitor Information

The College of Information Sciences and Technology is located on the west end of Penn State’s University Park campus in University Park, Pennsylvania. IST programs and degrees are also offered at many Penn State campuses.

For prospective undergraduate student visit information, please visit our prospective student visits page.

Directions, Parking, and Campus Maps

The Westgate Building serves as the college’s administrative home. It is uniquely identifiable, as the building spans U.S. Business Route 322 (North Atherton Street) between Park Avenue and State Route 26 (West College Avenue).

For driving directions, please access Google Maps directions.

Hourly visitor parking is limited around the Westgate Building and on campus. The closest parking areas with visitor spaces are the West Deck and the Nittany Parking Deck. Additional parking information is available on the Penn State Transportation Services website.

Once on campus, visit the campus map for building locations and walking directions.

Westgate Building

Formally opened in 2004 as the Information Sciences and Technology Building, the Westgate Building at Penn State University Park is a striking 199,000 square-foot structure whose sweeping lines stir the imagination of passersby. Its creators–Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York, and Perfido Weiskopf Architects, Pittsburgh—were inspired by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

Classroom spaces utilize a state-of-the-art telecommunications and multimedia infrastructure to meet the unique needs of today’s digital students. Each classroom has been individually configured to enhance different types of learning experiences. The principal learning space is the Cybertorium, a 155-seat theater-style classroom that employs the latest technology to facilitate group learning and discussion.

Innovative technology also is instrumental in the college’s research facilities, such as in the three-dimensional, full-immersion, visualization laboratory, where researchers are studying new ways to view and conceptualize data and information.

To encourage collaboration, there are a number of open gathering spaces designed for faculty, staff, and students to meet. The entire building features wireless capabilities that encourage groups to move freely within the space while being connected to the Internet and other web-based services.

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