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New Kensington enters second year of Penn State in Pittsburgh program

Students from western campuses to experience cultural and entertainment events in the city

Penn State New Kensington students had a hands-on session in 2013 on the visit to the Andy Warhol Museum as a part of the Penn State in Pittsburgh initiative. The students outlined, painted and screened a picture of the iconic artist.  Credit: Lauren Blum / Penn StateCreative Commons

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. -- Beginning its second year at Penn State New Kensington, the Penn State in Pittsburgh series provides opportunities for students from four campuses in western Pennsylvania to experience the best of what the city of Pittsburgh has to offer.

The program brings together students from the campuses of Beaver, Fayette, Greater Allegheny and New Kensington for a series of events highlighting the city’s educational, cultural, athletic and shopping benefits. Eight events, an increase of three since last year, are scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters and most will be held on the weekend.

During the next seven months, campus students can shop the Strip District and take in a movie at the Waterfront, head to a Pirates game, tour haunted Pittsburgh, visit the Carnegie museums and science center, skate at the Rink at PPG Place, stroll downtown at Christmas, tour the Turkish Cultural Center and attend the Broadway play “Beauty and the Beast” at the Heinz Hall. There is free transportation from the campus.

The cultural/entertainment series is a part of the Penn State in Pittsburgh recruitment initiative that extols the benefits of attending one of the Penn State campuses in the Pittsburgh region. With nine bachelor’s degree programs and new scholarship money available, the New Kensington campus is a good fit for prospective students wanting to major in administration of justice, psychology, business, communications, electro-mechanical engineering technology, information sciences and technology, nursing and organizational leadership.

High school students and adult learners who want concentrated instruction to prepare for specialized occupational assignments can enroll in a two-year, associate-degree program in the subjects of biomedical engineering technology, business administration, information sciences and technology and radiological sciences. The letters, arts and sciences associate program provides graduates with a general education and some specialization in their fields of interest.

In addition to the 14 degrees that can be completed at New Kensington, students can begin their first two years of studies in more than 160 Penn State degree programs at the New Kensington campus and finish their work at the University Park campus or another campus. Known as the Penn State 2+2 plan, the program is the most common path to a Penn State degree for approximately 60 percent of students. Undergraduates choose this option for a variety of reasons, including staying closer to home, saving money on tuition and housing, and feeling more comfortable with smaller class sizes, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

For more about campus activities in Pittsburgh, call 724-334-6063.

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Last Updated September 04, 2014