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The home rule municipality of State College, Pennsylvania is part of Centre County. It began as a village and in 1896 became a town which existed in order to house students and staff from Pennsylvania State College, which was founded as Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania in 1855. In 1953, the school’s name was changed to Pennsylvania State University, universally known as Penn State, and the college town of State College created a home rule charter. Although its official name is “Borough of State College,” it has never been governed by Pennsylvania’s Borough Code.

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