Brand & Logo Guidelines for Student Orgs
Guidelines for Student Organizations Marketing, Apparel, and Promotional Items
The University encourages students to be creative in designing logos, posters, apparel, and other marketing items for their organizations. We also encourage organizations to celebrate their connection to Penn State with these designs.
Keep in mind, that many of the Penn State logos and graphics you see around campus are trademarked or registered and have specific guidelines about who can use them and how they can be used. These logos and graphics are an important part of the Penn State brand.
By following the guidelines below, you can avoid unnecessary delays and ensure your designs positively represent your organization and Penn State.
When purchasing merchandise or apparel for your organization such as t-shirts, water bottles, pins, etc. students MUST use a licensed vendor. Only licensed vendors may reproduce University marks, names, and logos. For more information and a list of licensed vendors visit Penn State Licensing.
Many recognizable Penn State names and graphics are registered or trademarked. Any merchandise or promotional products using these names or graphics must include the appropriate [R] or [TM] symbol. Students can refer to the Office of Licensing Programs at Penn State's Graphic Art Sheet for more information on the University's registered or trademarked names and graphics. When students use a licensed vendor, the vendor can assist in ensuring all the correct registration marks and trademarks are included.
Students may create artwork that conveys the spirit of their organization. Do not redraw trademarked university graphics such as the lion shield, the athletic logo, the paw print, or the lion mascot. Check trademarked graphics at the Office of Licensing Programs at Penn State's Graphic Art Sheet.
Student groups may use the images below
Recognized student organizations can request a special version of the University's mark to use on their materials from the Student Organization Office. When using this mark, do not alter it in any way.
The Nittany Lion paw print graphic is available for use by Penn State students. The paw print is trademarked by the University, and must not be altered. Merchandise featuring the paw print requires a registration symbol. The paw print may be used as accent artwork for Penn State materials but should not be used as a logo. Students can download .eps files and usage guidelines from the Student Org Marketing Toolbox.
A variety of different Lion Shrine images and drawings, as well as various Lion caricatures, are approved for student organization use. These are the only Lion images that are approved for use and these images should not be altered or redrawn. You can download images from the Student Org Marketing Toolkit.