Mont Alto opened academic year with largest incoming class on record

Penn State Mont Alto began a new academic year last week with its largest-ever incoming class with 576 new students, as well as its largest-ever student body with 1,351 total registered students on opening day.  An official census will be conducted in October, but these numbers are the best estimate at this time. Mont Alto's new students hail from 18 states and territories, and the campus has welcomed international students for the first time from Bangladesh, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Saudi Arabia.

“We’ve realized an increase in students due in part to a 15 percent increase in direct applicants to our campus, students who elect Mont Alto as their first choice when applying to Penn State,” said Chancellor David Gnage. “We are also pleased the University has approved Mont Alto to accept international students.”

Thirteen students in the new class enter with perfect grades (4.0 GPA or higher) while the class average is 3.02. The most popular baccalaureate programs this fall include the division of undergraduate studies (undecided), engineering, science and agricultural sciences, while associate degree programs in business, human development and family studies, and occupational therapy have experienced increases.

Penn State Mont Alto offers eight associate degrees and seven bachelor degrees, including its newest Information Sciences and Technology (IST) baccalaureate program. The previous record incoming class was recorded a year ago with 574 new students; the largest registered student body prior to this fall was recorded in 1999 with 1,315.

Classes began Monday, Aug. 23. Click photo show to view photos from Move-In Day.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010