Campus Codes

Background

Penn State has historically used a two-character campus code. These codes were based on the original name of the campus, and have not been altered to reflect changes to campus names. For instance, Penn State Abington was originally the Ogontz Campus and still carries the ‘OZ’ location code.

Campus codes are an integral part of the Integrated Student Information System (ISIS). Users must know the appropriate code to perform a range of business processes—from looking up courses to entering a student request to change a course. Changing campus codes in ISIS was attempted at one point in time, but was very costly and was deemed too time-consuming to tackle for subsequent changes.

 Issue

Current Penn State campus codes do not accurately reflect many of the campus names, generating confusion for students, faculty, and staff.

The LionPATH project presents an opportunity to realign the campus codes with the campus names.

Decision

Change the campus codes to more accurately reflect campus names, effective when the system goes live.

Opportunities with this approach include better alignment between campus codes and campus names, and eliminate confusion among students and users regarding campus codes.

The changes are as follows:

Campus Code Changes

Current Campus Code New Campus Code Description Short Description
OZ AB Penn State Abington Abington
AA AL Penn State Altoona Altoona
BR BR Penn State Beaver Beaver
BK BK Penn State Berks Berks
DE BW Penn State Brandywine Brandywine
DN CR Carlisle Campus Carlisle
DS DS Penn State DuBois DuBois
BD ER Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Erie
FE FE Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Fayette
KP GV Penn State Great Valley Grt Valley
MK GA Penn State Greater Allegheny Grtr Algny
CL HB Penn State Harrisburg Harrisburg
HN HN Penn State Hazleton Hazleton
HY HY Penn State Hershey Hershey
AN LV Penn State Lehigh Valley Lehigh Val
MA MA Penn State Mont Alto Mont Alto
NK NK Penn State New Kensington New Ken
SL SL Penn State Schuylkill Schuylkill
SV SH Penn State Shenango Shenango
UP UP University Park Univ Park
WB WB Penn State Wilkes-Barre Wlks-Barre
WD WC Penn State World Campus World Camp
WS WS Penn State Worthington Scranton Wrthn Scrn
YK YK Penn State York York