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FTCAP begins soon; welcomes incoming first-year students

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6/5/2012 —


The First-Year Testing, Consulting and Advising Program begins at Penn State New Kensington on June 11. Also known as FTCAP, the program is an academic orientation to Penn State intended to help newly admitted first-year students transition from high school to college and learn more about being a Penn State student.

“FTCAP helps students to get a better understanding of what is expected from them as Penn State students,” said Sean Bridgen, Advising Programs Coordinator at Penn State New Kensington.

“They have a chance to interact with other new students, orientation leaders and Penn State faculty and staff. Building those relationships and understanding what is expected from them are crucial first steps in succeeding at this campus.”

The FTCAP program combines both in and out of class learning opportunities and helps students become acquainted with the University’s policies, procedures and resources. The program also allows students to examine their plans and interests, as well as select their courses for the first semester.


“FTCAP begins the moment students pay their acceptance fees. After that happens, they will take the placement tests, prepare for FTCAP by doing an online assignment and then come to campus for their FTCAP advising day,” Bridgen said.


FTCAP includes online course placement testing in math and chemistry as well as an educational planning survey and online modules where students can learn more about Penn State degrees, course registration and academics.


Students attending FTCAP are reminded that much of campus is under construction for the summer.  Since the front parking lot and main entrance are both closed, we encourage visitors to read about our summer construction projects and plan ahead for their campus visit.

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