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  1. I'm considering Penn State New Kensington as a college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can I arrange a visit?

  2. When should I submit my application for admissions?

  3. How will Penn State New Kensington notify me of its decision regarding my application for admission?

  4. Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

  5. When will I need to "transfer" to University Park campus?

  6. How much access will I have to faculty?

  7. Can I start and finish my entire education at Penn State New Kensington?

  8. Is help available if I am having trouble in class?

  9. Can I live on campus, and if so, can I bring a car?

  10. I have a disability. Whom should I contact at Penn State New Kensington to discuss disability issues?

  11. How much does it cost to attend Penn State New Kensington?

  12. How can I find out if I'm eligible for financial aid?

  13. What is the Penn State New Kensington Federal school code number?

  14. What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

  15. If my family or I own a house in Pennsylvania, am I eligible for PA residency?

  16. Will my parents have access to my grades?

  17. How can I notify my health insurance company that I am a full-time student?

  18. What if I cannot pay my tuition bill by the due date?

  19. How safe is the campus?

 

  1. Q: I'm considering Penn State New Kensington as a college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can I arrange a visit?

    1. We definitely recommend that you visit our campus, either before applying or immediately after submitting an application. A student Lion Ambassador will happily give you a tour of the campus and answer any questions you may have, and an admissions counselor will explain the application and admissions process. A financial aid counselor is also available to discuss any concerns regarding financing your education.

      You can contact the Office of Admissions at 1-888-968-PAWS to schedule an appointment or check our Web site to register for scheduled on-campus admission activities.


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  2. Q: When should I submit my application for admissions?

    1. We recommend that applications for first-year admission be submitted by November 30. Applications will be accepted after that and will be evaluated in a rolling fashion. Transfer admission applications should be submitted as soon as possible prior to the start of the desired semester, due to the lengthier evaluation of transfer credit process.


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  3. Q: How will Penn State New Kensington notify me of its decision regarding my application for admission?

    1. All students are notified through the mail regarding the outcome of the application evaluation. You can also create a MyPennState account to monitor the status of your application and receive your decision online.


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  4. Q: Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

    1. No, all students are evaluated in the same manner.


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  5. Q: When will I need to "transfer" to University Park campus?

    1. We never use the term "transfer" to describe the process of relocating from one campus location to another. That's because at Penn State University, every campus location is equal. Every credit earned at a campus is equal to credits offered at University Park, and students who begin their studies at a campus location are on equal footing with their counterparts at University Park when it comes to Entrance to Major in the junior year.


      At Penn State, the process of relocating from one campus to another is called Change of Location, and this typically takes place after completing the first two years of full-time study toward a baccalaureate degree. Change of Location requests submitted prior to the completion of two years of study are only granted in extreme cases in which the student would not be able to meet the curricular requirements of the choosen major.


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  6. Q: How much access will I have to faculty?

    1. With an average clas size of just 24 students, students find it easy to keep in touch and develop strong relationships with faculty. All faculty keep office hours equal to the hours they are in the classroom. Information about the faculty member's office hours is always included in the course syllabus, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this time.


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  7. Q: Can I start and finish my entire education at Penn State New Kensington?

    1. Sometimes. Typically, students complete the first two years of nearly all of Penn State's 160 degree programs at New Kensington campus. The final two years of these programs can be finished at Penn State University Park or at a variety of other Penn State campuses.

      In addition, the campus offers eight baccalaureate degrees and five associate degrees that can be started and finished entirely at Penn State New Kensington. These programs include study in the fields of business, communications, psychology, information technology, science, liberal arts, engineering technologies, radiology, and nursing. 


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  8. Q: Is help available if I am having trouble in class?

    1. The Academic and Career Success Center at Penn State New Kensington includes resources for students who are having difficulty with a particular course as well as for students who aim to maintain a high academic standing. The Center provides information and academic enrichment for all students seeking assistance in writing, math, science, and nearly all other courses offered at Penn State New Kensington.  Assistance may be provided by a professional academic instructor or by a trained student tutor. All services are free.


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  9. Q: Can I live on campus, and if so, can I bring a car?


    1. While most of the students at Penn State New Kensington choose to commute, off-campus housing is available and located immediately adjacent to the campus.  The Nittany Highlands Apartments and other affordable housing can be obtained from the Off-campus Housing informaton page or a list will be provided in the Office of Student Affairs.


      Parking is both plentiful and free for all current students. Student parking permits can be obtained in the Business and Finance office of the campus.


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  10. Q: I have a disability. Whom should I contact at Penn State New Kensington to discuss disability issues?

    1. Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for students, including those with documented disabilities. The campus disability coordinator is Elaine Zarichnak, campus nurse.  She can be reached at 724-334-6066.


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  11. Q: How much does it cost to attend Penn State New Kensington?

    1. Penn State offers an excellent value for a quality education with a worldwide reputation for excellence. Penn State establishes tuition rates and fees for all students each year in July. To calculate the most accurate tuition, consult the online Tuition Calculator.    


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  12. Q: How can I find out if I'm eligible for financial aid?

    1. To be considered for student aid, all Penn State students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only financial aid application Penn State requires.


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  13. Q: What is the Penn State New Kensington Federal school code number?

    1. The FAFSA code is 003329. This is the same code used for the entire University, and it is described on the application as Penn State University Park. Don't worry, though, this number is correct. All financial aid is processed centrally through the Office of Student Aid at the University Park campus.


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  14. Q: What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

    1. Penn State recommends that first-year students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for maximum consideration of all student aid programs.  Returning students should submit a FAFSA renewal by April 15.


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  15. Q: If my family or I own a house in Pennsylvania, am I eligible for PA residency?

    1. To qualify for in-state tuition, the student needs to reside in Pennsylvania. Owning a house in Pennsylvania alone does not qualify a student for PA residency tuition. To change your status from out-of-state to in-state, you will need proof of residency, including PA income tax and federal income tax forms for the most current year. 


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  16. Q: Will my parents have access to my grades?

    1. Due to federal regulations, parents do not have access to their child's grades. Only if the student gives written permission to the Registrar's office can grades be released to parents.


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  17. Q: How can I notify my health insurance company that I am a full-time student?

    1. The simpliest way is to request an enrollment verification via eLion. A verification statement will be mailed either to your home or any address your request within 2-3 days.

       


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  18. Q: What if I cannot pay my tuition bill by the due date?

    1. Penn State offers a Deferred Payment Plan that allows you the convenience of splitting your tuition bill into three payments. Instructions for the Deferred Payment Plan appear on the semester bill. A $45 fee per semester is required.


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  19. Q: How safe is the campus?

    1. Penn State New Kensington campus security is available after 4:00 p.m. each week day and 24 hours on the weekends.  Students can take advantage of campus security when they are here after dark.  Rather than walking alone at night, a security officer will escort students to their cars or to another building. 


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Penn State New Kensington
Office of Enrollment Management
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Some evening hours by appointment only
724-334-LION
888-968-PAWS
nkadmissions@psu.edu