Thanksgiving and End-of-Semester Planning

Alum's Gift Transforms Penn College's Machining Lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity - recognized through the newly named Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center - has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space.

Larry Ward Video

The Scholarship Search is On

Applying for scholarships shifts into high gear this time of year and parents can assist their students in the search, which is an important part of the financial aid application process every year. The good news is that Penn College’s Scholarships page is a great place to start the search.

That’s where you and your student will find both Penn College Scholarships as well as external, or private, scholarships. Penn College provides more than 300 scholarships and while you can view the entire list, your student only needs to submit one relatively short application in order to be considered for every Penn College Scholarship for which they meet the donor eligibility criteria. The application is available December 1 and the Financial Aid Team recommends students apply early. Once awarding of Penn College Scholarships starts on March 1, our priority submission deadline, opportunities diminish.

Many community foundations and professional organizations offer external scholarships. We recommend students and parents review a lengthy list on our External Scholarships page periodically throughout the fall and winter, and well into the following spring. Students should apply for every individual scholarship for which they meet the eligibility criteria. Pay close attention to procedures and deadlines, which vary greatly.

The site also has two legitimate scholarship search engines to further expand their search. We don’t recommend doing random searches because, like so many other random web searches, you can’t always trust what you find. However, always keep alert for a scholarship opportunity. Clubs, groups and associations you and your student may belong to might just offer scholarships.

Contact the Financial Aid Team with any scholarship questions!

Admissions: November 2020

Deadline Reminders

Is your student or someone you know planning to enroll this spring? The deadline for new students to apply is December 1. Transfer students and those looking to return to Penn College have until January 1 to complete the application. Visit for more details.

Tips & Tools for Navigating the Admissions Process

We get it, the enrollment process can be overwhelming. You and your student have access to several tools to keep you on track in the enrollment process.

  • Transfer Course Equivalency Tool – Check to see if courses taken at another institution will transfer to Penn College and, if so, which class they’ll receive credit for.
  • Applicant Dashboard – Once a student completes their application, they gain access to their applicant dashboard. Use this to keep track of materials needed, schedule placement testing, complete the FAA, and more. Simply have your student login, using the email and password they created when they applied. 
  • Wildcat Ready Checklist – After committing to Penn College, applicants unlock full access to their Student Information System (SIS). Use the Wildcat Ready Checklist in SIS to keep track of important enrollment steps, like applying for housing, submitting immunization records, and more.
  • Accepted Students Page – Want to see the big picture of what happens after acceptance? Use this page to keep an eye on what you should be doing now, and what comes next.

Of course, your student’s admissions counselor is here every step of the way. Easily connect with them by here.  

The College Store


Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m
Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stop in with any textbook or tool questions, or if you need to update your Penn College gear! You can also visit us online  at or visit our Facebook page @PCTcollegestore.

Are you graduating this semester?  Look no further than The College Store for all your graduation needs.  Caps and gowns, diploma frames, graduation announcements, and Penn College gifts are available in-store and online.

If you’re searching for some great gift ideas for the upcoming holiday, we have two events you need to check out.  Our pre-holiday sale is on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The store will be closed but we will be offering free shipping for all online clothing and gift purchases.  You can also stock up on Thursday, December 3 during our WILDcat sale, where all clothing and gifts will be 25% off both in-store and online.

Don’t forget: It’s not too early to purchase your textbooks and instructional materials for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester.

Some important dates to keep in mind:
  • December 2-12 is the Fall 2020 semester buyback period. Need some cash?  Bring in your textbooks, regardless of where they were purchased, and receive some extra money for the holidays!
  • December 3 is our annual sales event! Take 25% off all clothing and gift items in-store and online.  Take 15% off all Snap-On special orders.
  • December 11 is the last day to return textbook rentals.

Residence Hall Break Closing Information

Winter Break (Between Fall and Spring Semester)

Saturday, December 12

Residence Halls close at 10 a.m. for all students or 24 hours after a student’s last final exam (whichever comes first). With little exception, no one will be permitted to stay over the break or return to the residence halls prior to the day the halls reopen in January.

Students may leave items in their residence hall room during winter break. However, students should take care to secure their personal items and to make their apartment ready for new apartment/roommates they may receive in January.

  • ITEMS BEING LEFT: Each student should leave all of their items in one area of the room/apartment and labeled (for example, items could be left on the resident’s bed and desk). Students should communicate with their Resident Assistant as to where in the apartment their belongings are being placed. This is done because sometimes occupancy unexpectedly changes over the break and students moving into an apartment need to know where the open space is located. 
  • ITEMS NOT TO LEAVE: Money, jewelry, small valuables, small electronic equipment.
  • CLEANING: Students need to clean their apartment prior to leaving for the break. In the final week of the semester, the Resident Assistants will be meeting with each room/apartment to complete a closing agreement. During this process, room/apartment mates develop a plan for cleaning the apartment at the prior to leaving at the end of the semester.
Spring 2021 Returning Student Check-In:

Sunday, January 17 and Monday, January 18: 1-4 p.m. each day.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow strict check-in protocols prior to granting you access to the residence halls. As part of check-in, you will have your temperature taken and be given safety guidelines to follow during your time on campus. Be advised that face masks are required in all public spaces throughout campus. Prior to returning to campus, please be aware  of travel related guidance for Pennsylvanians returning from specific states: “If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.” View the current list of effected states.

2021/22 On-Campus Housing Application Process

The 2021/22 on-campus housing application process for current students begins on February 10, 2021.  Look for additional information in the mail or visit Residence Life.

Dining Services

Thanksgiving is near and your student will be home for the holiday! While most students have plenty of meals, flex, or declining balance dollars to get them through the end of the semester, it is not uncommon for some students to add a few extra dollars to their plan at this point in the semester.

If you need to add funds to your students account follow our Parent/Guest Add-on Process.

Parent/Guest Add-on Process

You do not need to be registered for GET and this process can be completed even if your student has not registered for GET.

STEP 1 - Navigate to

STEP 2 - On the sign in screen, click on the link below the Parents, Guardians or Other Relatives heading

STEP 3 - Follow the on-screen instructions to add funds. You will need the following to complete your transaction:

  • Student’s Penn College ID #
  • Student’s full name (first & last)
  • Dining Plan Account Information – are you adding to Flex Dollars or a Declining Balance plan? (If your student has a Board Plan or Block Plan, you will be adding to flex dollars – all resident students have a Board Plan)
  • Credit or debit card

The end of the semester also brings some questions as to what happens to unused meals and funds. All dining plans (board, block or declining) are semester based and end at close of business on Friday, December 11. Here’s what you can expect:

Board / Block Plans

  • Any unused meals at the end of the semester do not carry to the next semester and are not refunded.
  • Unused flex dollars associated with a Board or Block plan are non-refundable.
    • The exception to this rule is if additional funds were added above the initial amount associated with the dining plan, those funds are refundable if there is $10 or more in the account on December 11. Refunds may take up to two weeks.
  • If you are a resident student, your spring dining plan will be added to your Spring Tuition Bill automatically.
    • Non-resident students who would like a Board or Block Plan can add this optional charge to their tuition bill through December 14 by visiting the Student Information System (SIS) or by contacting the Dining Services office.

Declining Balance Plans

  • Remaining funds will carry over to the spring semester.
    • Graduating seniors will have their declining funds refunded if there is $10 or more in their account at the close of business on Friday, December 11. Refunds may take up to two weeks.
  • If you wish to add additional funds for the spring semester, select one of our three starting Declining Balance plans ($500, $300, $100) on the SIS through the optional billing link.

Important Dates

  • Nov. 26 – 28, Thanksgiving Vacation - dining units closed, no board or block meals
  • Dec. 11, all student dining plans end at close of business for the Fall Semester
  • Jan. 17, board meals begin after 4 p.m.

Questions about Dining Plans or GET? Contact or 570.327.4767

Wildcat Wishes

Relieve the Stress!

Exams and the end of the semester can be stressful – send your student a Wildcat Wishes Gift Package to wish them luck as they finish the semester. These packages are great for a late-night study session or to share with “study buddies” – Exam Cram, Just Because, Miss You

Exam Cram

Just Because

Miss You



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