Exploring your Penn State options: Beaver and New Kensington

Just returned from a visit to Penn State Beaver and New Kensington and our Pittsburgh Community Recruitment Center. What fun!

Although I’ve visited many of our campuses, this was the first time I’d been to ones in the Pittsburgh area. Both offer a variety of 2- and 4-year degrees, or you can start at either campus and finish your degree at another Penn State campus through our 2+2 program.

Here are five interesting little tidbits about both:

Penn State Beaver

–          About one in eight students enrolled at Penn State Beaver are athletes. Between a variety of varsity sports, as well as club and intramural sports, students at Penn State Beaver are busy and active!  (More info on athletics at Beaver.)

beaver.jpg–          The inline hockey team (which, by the way, has beaten Pitt and other big-name teams) was started by a group of students who came together and just wanted to play hockey. Now it’s a popular club sport at Penn State Beaver.

–          There is ample, comfortable on-campus housing and spaces for more than 200 students in Harmony Hall.

–          The campus is less than a half-hour from Pittsburgh International Airport and close to downtown Pittsburgh!

–          The Roar, the campus’s award-winning student newspaper, is open to students in any major and a great way to stay involved and get writing experience.



Penn State New Kensington

–          If you’re a first-year student with a 3.5 GPA or higher, you may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship through the Chancellor’s Fellowship Program! Additionally;

–          If you’re a first-year student with a 1500 or above on the SAT or a 22 or above on the ACT (from a single test date) you’ll automatically be considered for the Blue and White Scholarship – a $2,000 award!

newken.jpg–          Interested in engineering? Consider the electro-optics internship program, available only at Penn State New Kensington, where you can get hands-on experience at Penn State Electro-Optics Center, which serves as a national resource in the field. Just think, you can get research experience the first year of your undergraduate career!

–          Although Penn State New Kensington doesn’t have on-campus housing, they have an all-student apartment building, literally right next door. (No joke, it’s so close it’s hard to tell it’s not on campus!). The rooms are spacious with room for four people and everything, including TV and internet, is included in the rent.

–          Between athletics and clubs and organizations, there is a ton to do here. The Fall Festival, set for this weekend, is a community-wide event to be held on campus that will feature food, games and entertainment, such as local band the Clarks.

We’ll be highlighting other Penn State campuses throughout the fall, so be sure to check back frequently for more inside info.

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