Travel and Accommodations

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The First Annual School of Information Theory will be held at the University Park Campus, State College, PA.

General information regarding State College can be found at and .

The University Park campus is located in central Pennsylvania and is accessible by car, bus and air.


Traveling by car:

 The Campus is located within driving distance of many major cities including Harrisburg (1.5 hrs., 90 mi), Pittsburgh (3 hrs., 137 mi), Philadelphia (3.5 hrs., 194 mi), Baltimore (3.5 hrs., 155 mi), Washington D.C. (4 hrs., 190 mi), New York City (5 hrs., 250 mi) and Toronto (6.5 hrs., 304 mi).

From New York City, the suggested route is via the George Washington Bridge to I-80. In Pennsylvania, exit I- 80 at exit 161 (Bellefonte) and follow PA Route 220 south to State College. Take exit 74 for Innovation Park/Penn State University.

From the Philadelphia area, take Philadelphia Schuylkill Expressway to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, leave the Turnpike at exit 247 (Harrisburg East), and follow I-283 to I-83 and proceed north on I-83 to the I-81 interchange. Then follow I-81 south to Route 322, 22 West exit. Proceed west on Route 322 through Lewistown to State College exit #74.

From Pittsburgh, follow Route 22 East to Duncansville, I-99/Route 220 North to Route 322 East to Mt. Nittany Expressway/State College exit #73,


Follow Route 22 East beyond Duncansville to Water Street, Route 45 East to Pine Grove Mills and Route 26 North to State College.

From the west, take I-80 to exit 123 (Woodland) just east of Clearfield, then US Route 322 east to State College, or exit I-80 at exit 161 (Bellefonte) and follow PA Route 220 south to State College.

From Washington, D.C., take Route 270 to Frederick then Route 70 to Breezewood - PA turnpike (exit 12) - and go one exit West to Bedford (exit 11); Take I-99 north to Route 220 to Route 322 East to State College exit #74,


take I-95 or the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Baltimore, west loop I-695 to I-83 north. Continue on I- 83 north to the I-81 interchange. Then follow I-81 south to Route 322, 22 exit. Proceed west on Route 322 to Lewistown and State College.


Traveling by bus:

Fullington Trailways (814-238-1100) and Greyhound Lines (814-238-7971) connections are available to and from State College. The Bus Terminal is located at 152 N Atherton St.



Traveling by air:

 Delta Connection, Northwest Airlink, United Express and US Airways Express serve the State College area through the University Park Airport (SCE), located five miles from campus. Rental car, limousine, and taxi service is available.

For reservations and information:
Delta 1-800-221-1212
Northwest Airlink 1-800-225-2525
United Express 1-800-241-6522
US Airways Express 1-800-428-4322

Private or charter aircraft may fly into University Park Airport. Please call (814) 865-5511 to make arrangements.

Located ninety miles southeast of State College, Harrisburg International Airport offers an alternative arrival and departure location. Airlines serving Harrisburg include Air Canada, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways. Rental car service is available.


Accommodations in State College During the First Annual School of Information Theory

The Nittany Lion Inn

The school of Information Theory classes will be held on campus. The University Park campus hotel is The Nittany Lion Inn where the reception and the banquet for the school will be held. Nittany Lion Inn is approximately 10 minutes walking distance to the classroom as well as to the auditorium.  A block of rooms is reserved at the Nittany Lion Inn for the dates June 1-5 with the following rates:


Room Class
Mon Tue Wed
      6/1 6/2 6/3 6/4
Double Standard
Single Rate $110 $110 $110 $110
Double Standard Double Rate $120 $120 $120 $120
Double Standard Triple Rate $130 $130 $130 $130
Double Standard Quadruple Rate $140 $140 $140 $140


School attendees should contact the hotel directly at 800.233.7505 to make their reservations at the Nittany Lion Inn . Please call the Reservations Department at 800.233.7505 and reference the group Reservation Identification Number: EEL0601

Please note that space is limited at the Nittany Lion Inn and the above rates are valid based on availability and only until May 1, 2008. Please note it is likely that the rooms will sell out long before the deadline.

Attention School students: Please consider sharing your room with a fellow student or two, especially at the Nittany Lion Inn. Space is limited and it will not be possible to accommodate everyone in single rooms. Also note  the travel grants will be competitive and modest in size, hence it is good for you to be cost-conscious.

Additional Hotel Recommendations

Please note that we do not have blocked rooms in the hotels below, hence please make your reservations as soon as possible. Also note that the rates are just indicative of what these hotels charge. Availability and rates for the particular dates may vary.

The following inns and hotels are within walking distance:

Hotel Phone
Starting Price Distance/Location
 Days Inn Penn State 814.238.8454 $80  ~0.3mi
 Sleep Inn Penn State 814.235.1020 $65
 Rodeway Inn Penn State 814.238.6783 $55  ~0.7mi
 Comfort Suites
814.235.1900 $90  ~1mi
 Atherton Hotel 800.832.0132
Imperial Motor Inn



You might also wish to try the following accommodation options which are within 2 miles or less:

Hotel Phone
Starting Price Distance/Location
 Motel 6
 814.234.4124  $56  ~1.3 mi
 Autoport Hotel
 814.237.7666  $82  ~1.3 mi
 Ramada-Conference Center  814.238.3001  $79  ~1.5 mi
 Residence Inn by Marriott
 814.235.6960  $134  ~1.5 mi
  Hampton Inn State College
 814.231.1590  $89  ~1.5 mi
 Super 8 Motel State College
 814.237.8005  $61  ~1.8 mi


Finally, a full listing of accommodation options in State College can be accessed in lodging.