High school students, adult learners can discover benefits of New Kensington

March 23, 2016

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. — Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to discover the benefits of attending Penn State New Kensington at an open house event at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 9.

The Spring Open House program gives participants a chance to explore the University, meet with campus staff and faculty, and tour the campus with current students as hosts. Patty Brady, director of enrollment management, and the admissions staff will talk about the admission process, student-aid opportunities, and student life.

The open house is one of two in the spring to acquaint prospective students with the campus and Penn State's academic programs. The Transfer Student Open House, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, will review the admissions process for transfer students. Discussions will focus on important points about admissions and financial aid services available for this population. Students are welcome to bring copies of any post-secondary transcripts with them for an unofficial review of credit transfer. To register for an event, call 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS.

For more on admissions, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions.

For more admissions events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Admissions/admevents.htm.

Virtual tour preview of campus
Prior to visiting the campus in person, prospective students can access the new interactive virtual tour. Out-of-state and international students can get a feel for the campus via a home computer or mobile app.

The online tour also highlights campus students, facilities and activities. After previewing the campus, future Penn Staters can use the navigation buttons to schedule a visit or apply online. The tour is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

“This is a great tool for our (admissions) office,” said Corinne Coulson, enrollment specialist at the campus. “It can be utilized during our school visits, college fairs and other recruitment activities.”

Users can explore different areas of the 72-acre campus using four tour options — walking, panoramic view, videos and photos. The guided walking tour starts at the Lion Shrine and continues to 19 other campus hot spots, including the Junction Coffee Bar, Art Gallery, Computer Center, Forum Theatre, Conference Center, Café 780 and Athletics Center.

Located in the lobby of the main entrance, the coffee bar has the look of a mini-Starbucks and serves Starbucks products. The Athletics Center houses a basketball/volleyball court, wrestling room, racquetball court and the Pilates/yoga room, a fitness center, with heavy equipment, and a cardiovascular room with light equipment.

The guided tour features the biomedical engineering technology (BET) and radiological sciences (RadSci) classroom and labs. Recent renovations to the areas allow for more hands-on instruction. Healthcare providers rely on BET graduates to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair medical equipment. Contemporary imaging equipment for the RadSci program gives students the opportunity to work with medical equipment that is currently used in hospitals. Radiographers provide patient care using safe radiation practices, operate sophisticated technical equipment and make independent judgments and decisions daily.

The panoramic tour provides 360-degree views of campus facilities. The Academic and Student Success Center, Elizabeth S. Blissell Library, and Nittany Highland Apartments are among the 21 campus venues. The virtual tour features students, faculty and staff and highlights the quality of academic programs and the variety of student extracurricular activities.

There is a gallery of 50 photos that feature the Café 780 courtyard, the iconic arch that overlooks the campus entrance off State Route 780 and the Larry R. Pollock Fountain. The courtyard also features a fire pit, along with new furniture and benches. Chancellor Kevin Snider utilizes the pit for a series of fireside chats with campus students.

To experience the interactive virtual tour, visit www.nk.psu.edu/virtualtour.

For videos about the campus, click here.

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Last Updated March 24, 2016