We Are YOUR Student Government: the University Park Undergraduate Association. 
The UPUA strives to improve student life for all undergraduate students at Penn State University Park.



The University Park Undergraduate Association was formed in 2006 to work to improve student life for all undergraduate students at Penn State University Park. We are structured like the federal government, with a Legislative General Assembly, an Executive Branch, and a Judicial Board. Elections for UPUA Representatives are every March, and any eligible student can run to become an elected member of the UPUA.


Bell1EditedThe UPUA’s goal is to improve all facets of student life. We work towards this goal by advocating directly to administrators, the Board of Trustees, College Deans, and anyone else necessary to make impact real, tangible impact. Additionally, the UPUA partners with many student organizations throughout the year to provide educational programming, as well as other recreational events for the student body at large.




SFEC_AnandThe UPUA is proud to provide a multitude of resources for students, including the Student Financial Education Center, the Student Conduct Advisors, and events such as Finals Frenzy and the Blue & White Brigade.

Click here for a full list of resources available to students, both through the UPUA and the University.


The UPUA is YOUR student government, and we want to know What To Fix. Let us know on Twitter @wtfPSU, on Facebook at facebook.com/wtfPSU. Additionally, students can click HERE to submit their suggestions for things that Penn State needs to fix, big or small.


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President Barron’s Call To Action Event

The Task Force on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment, appointed by President Barron shortly after

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Apply to be an At-Large Representative

An At-Large seat is available! Submit your application to 314 Hub no later than October 2nd  at

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Second Annual Virtual Student Hangout

The first few weeks of classes are filled with hustling and bustling students trying to get

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Emily McDonaldPresident

The UPUA President is elected by the student body, and serves as the official voice to the Penn State administration, Board of Trustees, and with all University matters.

Terry FordVice President

The UPUA Vice President is elected with the President and works to fulfill all of the platform initiatives, serves on external boards, and helps lead the UPUA’s Executive Branch.

Emily MillerSpeaker of the Assembly

The Speaker of the Assembly is internally elected to lead the UPUA’s General Assembly — the 40 member legislative branch that authors and votes on resolutions.

Joe AriasChief Justice

The Chief Justice oversees the 9-member Judicial Board, which presides over internal conduct matters, and also serve on the Student Organization Conduct Committee.


Executive Branch

The Executive Branch of the UPUA is lead by the President and Vice President, and charged with carrying out any and all official business of the UPUA, as legislated by the General Assembly. More information about the Executive Departments and Directors can be found here.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the UPUA’s legislative body, writing, researching, and passing legislation and stances on behalf of the student body. More information about the General Assembly and the four CORE Committees within it can be found here.

Judicial Board

Serving as the judicial branch of the UPUA, the J-Board handles all internal conflicts and makes sure the UPUA’s legislation is germane with the governing documents. More information about the Judicial Board and its members can be found here.