Penn College 101


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Meet Ryan

Meet Ryan. He's awesome

Ryan started at Penn College in 2015 right out of high school.

Meet Ryan


Meet Gina. She's got your back

Gina is an Air National Guard reservist and also attends Penn College.

Meet Gina


Meet Bridget. She transferred, too

Bridget transferred to Penn College in 2015. She has some tips for you.

Meet Bridget


Meet Jeff, father, employee, and student

Jeff decided to return to school in 2015. He has some advice for you.

Meet Jeff

Madigan Library

I heard about a hands-on education

We provide students with a hands-on education based on industry needs.

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Walking tour

I had to see things for myself, so I scheduled a tour

Schedule a walking tour of campus, IRL. Penn College provides tours year-round.

Open House

I went to Open House and it was so great that I decided to apply!

Penn College has no fees for applications submitted on-line.

So... Now What?

There's a lot to do, continue below to find out.

Discussed my life experience to receive credit for prior learning

We give credit for Credits from other college(s), Military experience, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

One of the hardest decisions I had to make was
Choosing a degree that works.

Now I choose a major

Penn College provides students with 100+ hands-on programs based on industry needs.

What does degrees that work mean?

We take a hands-on approach to education– you will work hard for your degree. In the end, your degree will work for you.

  • Accounting
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Administration & Management
  • Sport & Event Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Hospitality Management
  • Architectural Technology
  • Building Construction
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Masonry
  • Residential Construction
  • Sustainable Design
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Surgical Technology
  • Applied Technology
  • Automated Manufacturing & Machining
  • Building Automation
  • CAD
  • Electrical
  • Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology
  • Engineering & Industrial Design
  • Mechatronics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Robotics
  • Information Assurance and Cyber Security
  • Computer Networking
  • Gaming & Simulation
  • Software Development
  • IT Technical Support
  • Web Design & Development
  • Plastics & Polymer
  • Welding
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Graphic Design & Art
  • Human Services
  • Individual Studies
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Digital Media & Marketing
  • Automotive
  • Automotive Technology: Ford ASSET
  • Automotive Technology: Honda PACT
  • Automotive Technology: Mopar CAP
  • Aviation
  • Collision Repair
  • Automotive Restoration
  • Diesel & Power Generation
  • Forestry
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Landscape/Horticulture
  • Surveying
Financial Aid office.

Helpful staff in the Financial Aid Office found a grant for me

9 out of 10 Penn College students receive financial aid.

I also completed the Penn College scholarship application

Penn College provides more than 200 scholarships.


Before I knew it, orientation was here

At a Connections session I met my new roommates and also learned a lot of about the college experience.

Welcome weekend

"Move-in" day!

New and returning students are greeted at the start of a new semester during Penn College’s traditional Welcome Weekend festivities.

I was really nervous about
My first
class as a college student

Watch Ryan's first class story

Ryan's first class story

Ryan tells a story of his first college class.

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Watch Gina's first class story

Gina's first class story

Gina tells a story of her first college class.

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Watch Bridget's first class story

Bridget's first class story

Brdigette tells a story of her first college class.

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Watch Jeff's first class story

Jeff's first class story

Jeff tells a story of his first college class.

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Electronics lab

First time in my lab

Classes are often held in labs because of the hands-on nature of Penn College.

Bombed my first test

It's OK, it happens to everyone. We know. That's why we have an Academic Success Center to help students.

A student at the tutoring center helped me out

Trained assistance is available in many subject areas - and appointments aren't required!

Dining facility

Discovered my favorite pizza at Penn Central

We have 10 on-campus dining facilities to get your grub on.

Children's Learning Center

Enrolled my child at the Children's Learning Center

Penn College has an excellent on-site childcare center.


Watched a Wildcat baseball game at BB&T Ballpark

Penn College is a provisional member of NCAA DIII.

Went shopping at the college store for a new hoodie

Conveniently located where students congregate, the store has new and used textbooks, tool kits and a variety of Penn College merchandise.

Student getting teeth cleaned

Got my teeth cleaned for $5!

Penn College offers select services to students at deeply discounted prices to help other students practice their trade.

Got my flu shot from a Physician Assistant student

Wellness staff helps keep students in good health - AND in class.


Checked out the new exhibit at the Gallery

In addition to engaging exhibits, Madigan Library offers comfortable and quiet study areas - and coffee!

Got my first parking ticket

Tickets happen, but Penn College allows all students to bring cars to campus.


Got my car aligned at the school's automotive labs

Penn College offers select services to students at deeply discounted prices to help other students practice their trade.

Really? My computer died...

A student-run 'help desk' will address issues relating to I.T. on a walk-in basis.

Career fair

Attended the on-campus career fair

Fortune 500 companies regularly recruit Penn College students and alumni.

Career Closet

Career Services helped me dress to impress

Students can borrow professional clothing to meet with prospective employers.

My adviser keeps me on track toward graduation

Before scheduling next semester's classes, we make sure students meet with faculty to be sure they're on the right path.

I was feeling really homesick

Penn College has counseling services available to all students.


Family Weekend visitors made me happy - even my kid brother

There are tons of events happening every day on campus.

Midnight breakfast the day before finals week is a Penn College tradition!

At nearly two decades, it’s one of Penn College’s most enduring traditions.


Students regularly showcase projects, displaying knowledge and confidence.


The therapy dogs returned to campus; always lifts my spirits!

A variety of tools, some unique and unconventional, keep students grounded.


Graduate placement rate

You're in the Alumni club! The support doesn't stop when you leave Penn College. Alumni Relations will give you lifelong access to Career advice in addition to inviting you to networking events and special discounts. Penn College has a 96% graduate placement rate and also a Career and Counseling office to help you find a job!

Congratulations! After years of hard work, you're ready to graduate!

Ryan says
see you later!

A few parting words from Ryan.


Gina says see you later

Gina says
see you later!

A few parting words from Gina.


Bridget says see you later

Bridget says
see you later!

A few parting words from Bridget.


Jeff says see you later

Jeff says
see you later!

A few parting words from Jeff.


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Open House

April 1

Meet faculty, tour labs and interact with current students to learn more about clubs and student life.
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Adult learners information

More information about assuming multiple roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee and student.

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