“I moved off campus for the academic year and I did not think I would need any sort of board meal plan, but now that the year started, I wish I would have gotten one.”- Lauren P.
We hear this often, after a few weeks of living “on their own” students realize that planning, cooking, and cleaning up after their meals isn’t always what they expected.
Dining Services offers a wide variety of dining options that include all-you-care-to-eat buffets, home-made entrees and soups, hand-stretched pizzas, made-to-order sandwiches, and crisp salads, to name a few. The best part is that all of this can be purchased as part of a meal plan.
A meal plan not only guarantees that your student has access to meals throughout the day, but it is also a great way to help your student adjust to a new life away from family and friends. Our dining halls are natural gathering places for students. Having a meal plan allows your student to join in the social aspect of college life by meeting friends for meals and special events, or to meet other classmates to study and work on projects.
Dining Services recommends that students take advantage of our meal plans and what our 10 dining units have to offer. To help make decide which plan is right for your student, we recommend the following:
Commuter / Off-Campus Students
- All commuter and off-campus students should invest in a meal plan. We recommend starting with the 5-meal board plan. This will ensure that your student is getting at least one nutritious, home-style meal each weekday. They also will have “flex dollars” that can be used to purchase retail items such as milk, bread or a box of cereal.
- Declining Balance meal plans are another great option. Declining balances work like a debit card and can be used to buy full meals or grocery items found in our dining units.
- All resident students must select a board plan as outlined in their housing contract.
Learn more about meal plans.
The College Store
at Penn College
Fall semester course materials are available for purchase in the store or online. The best time to purchase your textbooks is during the month of July and early August. That is when the highest inventory of used books is available.
In addition to the traditional new and used formats of textbooks, The College Store offers rental options and eBook options for many titles. These options offer significant up-front savings. Look for these options when shopping online.
For students enrolled in programs in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, information on ordering program tools and kits was mailed the first week of June. Orders for many kits need to be received at The College Store by August 1 to ensure availability.
Orders for uniforms are being accepted online. Look under ‘Program Supplies’ then choose the school under which your program falls. Uniform orders cannot be shipped and usually take three to four weeks to arrive at the store.
A new year for Wildcat Rewards starts on July 1. Earn points on every purchase made in store or online. Points are also earned on each title sold back to The College Store during textbook buyback. Points can be redeemed for College Store Gift Cards. Look online for more information.
Alternative Credit Options
Learning takes place in many places – including in the classroom, on the job, or through life experiences. Penn College is aware of this and offers several options for students to receive academic credit for these learning experiences. Credit by Examination allows students to apply and take an exam for most 100- or 200- level courses. If the student successfully passes the exam, they receive credit for the course. Credit for Work/Life Experience allows students to document work and life experiences that provide evidence that they have met the objectives established for a particular Penn College course.
The ability to apply for alternative credit exists throughout the academic year, but students are encouraged to discuss their options with their Academic School prior to enrolling in the course or creating a portfolio of work/life experiences.