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Financial Aid News

Check out the Financial Aid News for Parents for important information about the following topics:

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Completing the 2013-14 FAFSA
  • Federal Verification of the FAFSA
  • Pennsylvania Residents: PA State Grant News

Housing Re-contracting

Are you and your student in the process of evaluating living options for the coming year? Penn College offers areas on campus tailored to the needs of returning students. In these areas, students can experience greater independence while having the benefits of safety, security, support, and peace of mind associated with living on campus. Rules in these areas have been adapted to reflect that returning students are better able to make decisions concerning their living environment. Additionally, returning students are able to select a specific apartment and roommate(s) through the online process. Other reasons for opting to live on campus include:

  • Studies show students living on campus are more likely to have a higher grade-point average, take less time to earn a degree, and are more satisfied with their college experience.
  • On-campus living is safe, convenient, and cost-effective.
  • Access to many academic, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and events.
  • Pricing includes utilities, cable TV, Internet access, and 24/7 maintenance.

Submission of the online, full-year housing contracts for returning students began Wednesday, Feb. 6. Submission of short-term housing contracts (e.g., December graduates, Ford ASSET, Honda PACT) also began that day.

Please note that, when your student submits a contract, it is binding for the entire period contracted. More information and details about the housing process.

Save the Date! Accepted Students Reception

We’re bringing Penn College to you! Join representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Affairs, Residence Life, and Student Life as we travel to your area to meet you and answer your questions.

This reception is an informal event at which accepted students and parents have the opportunity to meet other students who will be attending Penn College from their hometown. During the reception, time will be allowed for one-on-one questions with department representatives. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Thursday, April 4, Crown Plaza Danbury, Danbury, CT
  • Wednesday, April 10, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Washington, PA (Philadelphia)
  • Thursday, April 11, Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall, State College, PA
  • Monday, April 15, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville, PA (Allentown)
  • Tuesday, April 16, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Student & Administrative Services Center, Williamsport, PA
  • Wednesday, April 17, Hampton Inn, Indiana, PA
  • Thursday, April 18, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton, PA
  • Tuesday, April 23, Heritage Hotel, Lancaster, PA
  • Thursday, April 25, Hilton Garden Inn, Westbury, NY
  • Monday, April 29, Wyndham Philadelphia- Mount Laurel Hotel, Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Wednesday, May 1, Best Western Westminster Hotel and Conference Center, Westminster, MD
  • Thursday, May 2, Hilton Garden Inn, Rockaway, NJ

All students will be entered to win a $50 gift card to The College Store!

Reservations Required
For more information, contact the Admissions Office prior to the event at 570-327-4761 or by e-mail at admissions@pct.edu.

Athletics

Christian AndrovetteIt’s been a sensational fall semester for Wildcat Athletics. Our fall teams won an impressive four conference championships and earned five national tournament berths. Such success led to six All-Americans and 15 All-Conference selections. Success wasn’t only on the playing field as a record 51 student-athletes were named to the Penn State University Athletic Conference Fall All-Academic Team. The honor is bestowed upon athletes who carry a 3.0 semester grade-point average in season.

In addition, Athletics has applied for exploratory status in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The step is the first in a five-year process to gain membership into the association. “Over the past several years, our programs have enjoyed significant growth and success at the conference and national levels,” director of athletics, Scott Kennell said. “Given our institutional support, we believe Penn College Athletics would be a great fit and a desirable candidate for NCAA Division III.”

With a banner fall semester filled with many accomplishments and exciting announcements, Penn College Athletics looks forward to an equally thrilling and successful spring semester!

Want to keep up on all the latest news from Athletics?
Visit the Wildcat Athletics website or follow us on Facebook.

PCT Alerts

Penn College is committed to the safety and security of our student body. We show this commitment in a number of ways, including staffing a highly qualified police force, conducting tabletop readiness drills, and maintaining an emergency alert system. While the College takes precautions and prepares for many different types of emergencies, we also need students to play a role in their own safety and security. The simplest way they can do this is by signing up for PCT Alerts.

PCT Alerts is a messaging system designed to alert students to situations that may require immediate attention. Students can "opt in" to the system to receive text or email messages (to non-College email accounts) regarding snow closings, individual class cancellations (text message only), security threat warnings, and evacuation instructions. (NOTE: Penn College email addresses are automatically subscribed to the PCT Alerts system.)

Students can subscribe to PCT Alerts through the Student Information System. Once subscribed, they can add additional email addresses (up to five) and one additional cell phone number to the system.

Students can also keep abreast of crime and safety concerns around campus by visiting College Police’s Crime Log and Police Activity Blotter on the MyPCT portal.

Spotlight on Schools

School of Construction & Design Technologies
'Progress in the Wind' – discover how a wind turbine and solar panels are helping to prepare students for their future.

School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies
Learn what is new in the School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies:

  • New faculty and staff
  • New major - Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Updated curriculum
  • Plastics' 25th Anniversary
  • SME's earns 15th place in Baja SAE competition

So your student’s thinking about living off-campus…

The Off-Campus Living and Commuter Services Office serves as a resource for students who are living off campus. Along with educating our off-campus students and providing programming to meet their needs we also offer a list of “approved” landlords and properties. 

There are several points to consider prior to making the decision to live off campus. Keep in mind that landlords are independent owners of their properties/business. So even though the College maintains a great working relationship with them, landlords create their own leases and policies in which the institution does not have much say. There is also a lot of variety in our off-campus housing list, so taking the time to shop around, to talk to landlords face-to-face, and to tour properties is highly recommended. Also consider the fact that prices, apartment styles, and utility costs will vary from landlord to landlord. Finally, we suggest that students understand their lease and make sure that all of their questions are answered before making any final decisions. 

We work with more than 35 landlords who meet these three specific requirements to be able to be our on approved list:

  • Located in our police patrol zone
  • Inspected on a yearly basis by the Williamsport Bureau of Codes
  • Rent exclusively to college students

We hope that you will consider the above if your son or daughter is considering living off-campus. Please do not hesitate to contact our office for additional information!

For everyday access to parent information, bookmark the Parents Web page: www.pct.edu/parents.

Spring 2013, Issue 1
Important Dates
  • Petition for May Graduation (through 3/8)
  • Residence Halls Close for Spring Break (3/9, 10 a.m.)
  • Spring Break (no classes) (3/9-17)
  • Residence Halls Reopen (3/17, 10 a.m.)
  • Student-Adviser Pre-scheduling Meetings (3/18-28)
  • Career Fair (3/18-20)
  • Open House (3/23)
  • College Closed (3/29)
  • April Break (3/29-4/1)
  • Scheduling Week (4/2-5)
  • Penn College's Priority FAFSA and Scholarship Deadline (4/15)
  • Grad Finale (4/16)
  • Last Day to Drop a 16-Week Class with "W" Grade (4/19)
  • Finals Week (5/6-11)
  • Commencement (5/17 & 5/18)
Student Organization Spotlight

Greek Life

Phi Mu Delta member prepping for back-to-school shopping trip with area youngster

College is an exciting time that brings with it new opportunities. Joining a fraternity or sorority is one such opportunity, but it may cause some anxiety if you are not familiar with the world of Greek life or are concerned about the stereotypes of Greeks portrayed in movies like "Animal House," "Old School," and "The House Bunny."

At Penn College, the Greek system works in conjunction with the College in the mission to educate the "whole" student. Founded under the principles of scholarship, leadership, community service, and the development of lifelong friendships, Penn College Greeks strive to achieve these principles. We encourage you to discover the benefits of your son joining a fraternity and the College’s strict stance on hazing.

Wildcat Wishes Featured Gift Package

Miss You Package

Miss You - $30
Sometimes it is good to be reminded that you are missed. Send this package to cheer up your student. Package includes one dozen fresh-baked cookies, plus coupons for one large pizza and a dozen wings. Order the Miss You package

See additional packages

The College Store
at Penn College

www.penncollegebooks.com
570-327-4508
collegestore@pct.edu

Save by renting instead of buying!
Rental textbooks provide an upfront savings for students. Many Penn College students have taken advantage of The College Store’s Textbook Rental Program this semester and have been able to generate upfront savings of 38% to 45%. Instead of buying the textbook and selling it back at the end of the semester, students rent the title at a lower price and then return it to The College Store by the end of the semester. The College Store allows the rental option for approximately 50% of its titles each semester. Rentals can be done online or in the store. Complete program details can be found on The College Store website.

Textbook Buyback
The College Store buys back students' unwanted textbooks all year long. However, prices paid for most textbooks increase at the end of the semester when The College Store is buying books to resell the following semester. The worst time to sell back textbooks at any school is during the start of each semester. College bookstores offer the lowest price during that time period as books bought are sold on the national textbook wholesale market. The College Store at Penn College always encourages students to wait until the end of each semester to sell back unwanted textbooks.

Whether a student rents or buys, a textbook has value. Textbooks damaged by water, coffee, or excessive wear and tear will have little or no value during buyback. If a rented title is damaged, the renter will be responsible for paying to replace it. The College Store reminds students to practice due diligence in protecting their textbooks from damage. The store wants to provide students the opportunity to save as much as can be generated on their textbook purchases. Having to pay for a replacement rental textbook or receive nothing when selling back a damaged book is an expense that is completely under the student’s control.

Coming in 2014:
Alumni Legacy Reunion

Proud Penn College dad with his daughter

Are you a legacy family?
You are if two or more generations of your family graduated from Penn College or our predecessor institutions, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute.

Email alumni@pct.edu to let Alumni Relations know who is in your legacy family so we can be sure to invite you to the upcoming event.

   

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