Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

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Edinboro University
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Other name
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Former name
  • Edinboro State College
  • Edinboro State Teachers College
  • Edinboro Academy
Type Public
Academic affiliation
Endowment $26.4 million
President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson
Provost Michael J. Hannan
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 3,572
Postgraduates 1,262
Location, ,
United States

41°52′12″N80°07′19″W / 41.870°N 80.122°W / 41.870; -80.122 Coordinates: 41°52′12″N80°07′19″W / 41.870°N 80.122°W / 41.870; -80.122
Campus585 acres (237 ha)
Fight song Scotland the Brave
Colors Red and White    
Athletics NCAA Division IMAC
Nickname Fighting Scots
Sports1 Division I
13 Division II
MascotMacCato, The Fighting Scot
Website www.edinboro.edu
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Edinboro University is a public university in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It has more than 4,600 enrolled students. [1]



Edinboro University was founded as the Edinboro Academy, a private training school for Pennsylvania teachers in 1857, by the region's original Scottish settlers. It is the oldest training institution west of the Allegheny Mountains and the second oldest in all of Pennsylvania. In the beginning, Edinboro modestly consisted of one two-story building, six classrooms, three instructors, 110 students and a principal. That original building Academy Hall is currently used as the undergraduate admissions office. In 1861, the Edinboro Academy affiliated with the state government of Pennsylvania to become the second State Normal School in Pennsylvania, occasionally known as the Northwest State Normal School. (Normal schools are teachers colleges.) In 1914, the state purchased the school from the original stockholders and renamed it the Edinboro State Normal School. By 1927, the advancement of academic programs to include liberal arts study required the school to rename itself Edinboro State Teachers College. Further development of the liberal arts to include degree programs outside the field of education resulted in Edinboro becoming Edinboro State College in 1960. Continued development of undergraduate liberal arts programs and advanced graduate degrees earned Edinboro university status in 1983. [2]

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Ross Hall


The campus is located 18 miles (29 km) from Erie, Pennsylvania and within 5 miles (8.0 km) of the educational and population centers of McKean, Waterford, and Albion. The main campus has 42 buildings on a 585-acre (2.37 km2) campus which includes a 5-acre (20,000 m2) lake, open fields and woods, 11 on-campus residence halls (Highlands 1~8, Rose Hall and Earp Hall (used for summer sports camps) and Towers (only one being used currently)) for approximately 2,500 students, and the seven-story Baron-Forness Library. Edinboro University offers 150 degree programs and 57 minors. The student-faculty ratio is 18:1.


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Baron-Forness Library

Edinboro University offers 17 varsity sports: women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, volleyball, swimming, soccer, softball, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field, and men's football, wrestling, cross country, basketball, swimming, tennis, wheelchair basketball and outdoor track and field. All but the wrestling and wheelchair basketball are NCAA Division II programs and members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Wrestling competes on the NCAA Division I level, and as of the 2019 season will no longer actively compete against Division II level PSAC wrestling programs as a result of their new affiliation with the Mid-American Conference in wrestling. Its wheelchair basketball team competes in the NWBA Intercollegiate Division.

Notable alumni

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Fighting Scot Statue

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