Admissions open house events for veterans, adult learners, traditional students

Penn State New Kensington will host a series of open houses and special admissions events during November that are geared to veterans, adult learners and traditional students. The open house events highlight academic programs: Business on Nov. 6; Organizational Leadership on Nov. 7; and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Technology on Nov. 13. The Open House event on Nov. 7 is tailored specifically to veterans and adult learners who are interested in any of Penn State New Kensington's degree programs. Complementing the open house events are Application Day on Nov. 11 and Be a Student Day on Nov. 20. To register for any admissions event, call the Admissions Office at 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS.

Veterans/Adult Learners and
Organizational Leadership Open House

The number of veterans deciding to start or return to college continues to rise as the Afghanistan wars wind down and more military personnel fulfill their service obligations and return to civilian status. The ranks of adult learners, those classified as at least 24 years old, also are expanding as more displaced workers look for a career change or seek additional education.

To help nontraditional students navigate the many challenges associated with the higher education decision, an information session is set for 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Conference Center at Penn State New Kensington. The Veterans/Adult Learners Open House provides prospective nontraditional students with information on the various certificate, associate and baccalaureate degrees offered at the campus. The sessions include tips on how to finance a Penn State education.

The Organizational Leadership (OLEAD) bachelor’s degree program is designed specifically as a degree completion program for adults learners. Students can earn a minimum of six credits (two three-credit courses) per semester by attending classes one night a week in an accelerated fashion.

The OLEAD major can be completed at the New Kensington campus or at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry.

There are numerous academic options available to veterans and adults, including: selecting from more than 200 noncredit, certificate and degree programs; choosing full- or part-time status; and scheduling day or evening classes. The enrollment management staff at the campus will be on-hand to assist prospective students with application forms. The $50 application fee will be waived during the open house.

Veterans and adult learners, who comprise approximately 31 percent of the Penn State New Kensington student population, have their own space on the campus at the Adult Learner Resource Center and Lounge, which is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. The lounge includes a small library of resource books, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, a computer and printer, white board, table and chairs for small group study and comfortable chairs for relaxation. Penn State New Kensington strives to support these students in reaching their academic goals while maintaining a healthy life balance.

In addition to the veterans and adult learners open house, the campus is hosting open house events for the business, biomedical engineering technology and radiological sciences programs in November. Complementing the open house events are Application Day and Be a Student Day.

To register for any admissions event, call the Admissions Office at 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS. For more admissions events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions/admevents.htm

Business Open House
A Business Program Open House is set for 9 a.m,. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the campus Conference Center. Prospective students can attend interactive sessions that feature four business topics: Personal Selling Techniques, Motivation and Leadership; One-Hour Experience in Marketing, and Digital Marketing 101. New Kensington offers two business degree programs -- bachelor's degree in business and associate degree in business administration. To register for any admissions event, call the Admissions Office at 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS. For more admissions events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions/admevents.htm
For more on the campus business program, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Academics/Degrees/business_bsb.htm

Radiology and Biomedical Open House
Prospective students can explore opportunities in the field of radiology and biomedical technology at an open house event that is set for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov.13, in the campus Conference Center. The joint open house is geared to high school seniors and juniors and adult learners, as well as parents and spouses. Participants can review information about the programs, meet with faculty and staff, learn about financial aid, and find out what the New Kensington campus has to offer. Faculty and staff will provide information on various aspects of the two health disciplines. To register for any admissions event, call the Admissions Office at 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS. For more admissions events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions/admevents.htm
For more about the radiological sciences program, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/radsci
For more about the biomedical engineering technology program, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/bet

Application Day
Application Day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 11. The workshop is tailored for prospective students and their families The admissions staff will help students complete the application form and answer questions about the admissions process. Those who are applying to Penn State will receive a waiver for the $50 application fee. In addition, prospective students who indicate New Kensington as their first preference may receive an admissions decision immediately if they bring a high school transcript and their SAT or ACT scores. Appointments are not required, but are recommended. To register for any admissions event, call the Admissions Office at 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS. For more admissions events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions/admevents.htm

Be a Student for a Day
Prospective students get their last chance of the semester to get a glimpse of college life first-hand at the Penn State New Kensington campus from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. High school students and adult learners can sit in on college classes, interact with current students and take in the campus' atmosphere. Participants will learn about making the transition from high school to college. Attendees can enjoy a free lunch in Cafe 780. Additional "Be a Student" days will be held during the spring 2014 semester. To register for any admissions event, call the Admissions Office at 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS. For more admissions events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions/admevents.htm

Contacts: 

Bill Woodard

Work Phone: 
724-334-6049
Home Phone: 
724-335-3502
Cell Phone: 
724-594-8421

Alumni and Public Relations Specialist

Last Updated October 30, 2013