Admissions Announcements

To serve our prospective students during these uncertain times, Enrollment Management has made some big changes to the enrollment process. Some highlights include:

  • Extending the application deadline from July 1 to August 14 for the Fall 2020 semester
  • Relaxing proctor requirements for off-campus placement testing, allowing for a parent or guardian to serve in this role
  • Suspending the intent to enroll deadline
  • Deferring the tuition deposit for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applicants

You can get information about these updates, and more, on our Fall 2020 Enrollment and COVID-19 Impacts page. This resource gathers all enrollment process updates in one convenient location.

Important Dates

Fall 2020 classes begin: August 17

View Academic Calendar

Fall Classes

Fall Classes

Placement Testing

There is still time to satisfy placement requirements if you haven't already! Applicants should log in to their applicant dashboard to register for on-campus or off-campus testing.  A parent or legal guardian may serve as a proctor for off-campus testing.  

Testing

Testing

Connections

Welcome Wildcats! Connections, the new student orientation program, will be available online mid-July.

Virtual Events

While our on-campus events have been on hold, we’ve been working with offices across campus to provide virtual events for prospective students and their families. So far we’ve covered topics like transferring to Penn College, financial aid, placement testing, and campus living. Academic programs are also providing virtual lab tours and Q&As. We’re regularly adding more - check out www.pct.edu/visit to see what we have coming up.

ACC

ACC

Counseling: Purpose and Meaning in Changing Times

The last three months have brought unprecedented changes to life as we knew it. As is often the case, change and loss go hand in hand. Some losses are of people: family members, friends, people across the world we have never known. We have lost other important things: school, work, connection, graduation, sports, weddings, funerals, normalcy. Some losses mean life delayed (for who knows how long), while other losses are more permanent, which can undermine our beliefs about safety, control and predictability. Your student has been directly impacted by these losses, and may be questioning their purpose and meaning in this new world.  Here are some ideas about how to adapt, even thrive, in response to the “new normal.”

The loss of normalcy and fear of future disruptions has left many experiencing reactions associated with grief. Grief is normal. We grieve the loss of what we care about. And, before we can move forward, we must first acknowledge the pain of our losses. Awareness of your thoughts and feelings can itself be healing, even though it means sitting with discomfort and pain.  Grief comes and it also goes. It’s important to note that whatever you are feeling will not last forever in the same way or at the same intensity.

Like grief, anxiety is normal in times of change and loss, and it is important to be aware of and accept our feelings. Anxiety is a signal that something that we care about is at risk, which provides us with an opportunity to take action. For example, if you are concerned about personal safety, you can make decisions to stay safe by wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance to slow the spread of the virus. Sometimes it is difficult, if not impossible, to identify what we can do in response to our source of anxiety. For example, concerns about what will happen in the fall relates to factors that are not in the student’s control. The challenge is to let go of what we cannot control and focus on what we can control.

Awareness of emotions such as grief and anxiety begins the shift to a focus on what you can control. Another effective approach is to think about what it is that you do want, not what you don’t want. What brings purpose and meaning to your life? Is it relationships, spirituality, work, caring for others, nature, connection, knowledge? Here are some suggestions to assist you with reconnecting to purpose and begin to live a more meaningful life.

  1. Practice gratitude. In the morning, name three things to that you want to achieve that day. In the evening, identify three “wins” for the day.
  2. Be amazed. Take time throughout the day to stop and look at the world.
  3. Reach out. Connect with family and friends, particularly with those who are alone.
  4. Donate time, money or talent. Being a giver often connects people with having a more meaningful life.
  5. Listen to feedback. Hearing what others have to say about you may reinforce passions that you already have.
  6. Learn something new. Determination to learn can foster a sense of purpose.
  7. Explore your interests. Things that you talk about, post on Facebook, or Tweet may reveal the things that give you purpose in life.
  8. Begin a journal. Writing challenges us to organize and express our thoughts. 
  9.  Exercise. Set daily goals and do what’s possible.
  10. Plan for what’s next. This pandemic will ultimately be controlled, so now is a time to prepare for recovery —at home, in business and in community. Things may be different, but human beings have proven to be remarkably adaptable and we’ll adapt to this as well.

Each of us can choose to adopt positive attitudes and control our own response to the circumstances. The challenges we have faced are surpassed only by our ability to creatively respond and find new ways to work, to educate, to celebrate and connect with those that we love.

Institutional Advancement/College Relations

The future of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is made by hand and by the support of many. The generosity of loyal employees, alumni, parents, corporate partners, retirees and other friends benefits students in numerous ways.

Dining

Dining

Dining Services

We are excited to have students back on campus this fall! While we are making a few adjustments to our serving lines and menu options, to ensure the well-being and safety of our customers and staff, we expect that we will be able to offer our students the service they expect and the food they love.

Here are some quick answers to some of the most popular questions we receive over the summer months….

Does my student have to purchase a dining plan?

Students living in college-owned housing must select a dining plan as part of the housing contract. First year resident students may select from the 19- or 14- meal board plan. Returning resident students who have lived in college-owned housing for two full semesters choose from a 19-, 14-, or 10- meal board plan.

Commuter and students living off-campus are not required to have a dining plan, However, we recommend ALL student invest in a dining plan. Commuter and off-campus students have the option of selecting any of our plans (Board plans, block plans, or declining balance plans) to best meet their dining needs.

Why should we get a dining plan?

Dining plans provide worry-free meals for our students. There is no prep or clean-up, trips to the grocery store, and food is available when you are hungry.

Our food is prepared by trained staff, and we have a wide variety of options available that include: hot entrees, homemade soups, made-to-order grill and deli items, breakfast favorites, pizza by the slice, and several grab-n-go options.

Having a dining plan also allows you buy things in one of campus convenience stores, use funds in vending machines, and to order food ahead, from select dining units, using our mobile ordering system GET.

How do we apply for a dining plan?

Off-Campus and Commuter Students:

Beginning June 19, off-campus and commuter students can add a Fall 2020 dining plan to their tuition bill through the optional billing option on the SIS.

Students living off-campus can select any of our dining plans which include Board Plans, Block Plans and Declining Balance Plans.

Resident Students:

As a student living in on-campus housing, your dining plan was selected as part of your housing contract. You do not need to do anything at this time: your dining plan selection will automatically appear on your tuition bill.

Students who are new to campus housing or have lived on-campus less than two semesters, had the option to choose a 19-meal or 14-meal board plan. Those students who have already lived on-campus for two semesters prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester had the added option of selecting the 10-meal board plan.

For more information on our dining plans, dining units, or the GET app, visit us online. You can also contact the Dining Services office at dining@pct.edu or 570-327-4767.

Important Dining Plan Dates – Fall 2020

Aug. 15             Dining Plans Begin

Aug.  21            Last day to request a Dining Plan change

Nov. 25 – 29     Thanksgiving Vacation - No Board or Block Meals

Dec. 11             Fall Semester Dining Plans End

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Staff are ready to assist you and your students by answering financial aid questions. Whether you choose to email, call, schedule an appointment or stop in the office, the staff strive to maximize your student’s opportunities for financial aid. View Financial Aid Contact Information.

Privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to Financial Aid Office Staff. To protect the integrity of confidential information about students and parents, the office has a comprehensive Privacy and Confidentiality Policy, which details how staff confirm the identity of students, parents, and others who contact the office to ask anything other than general questions.

The process to confirm identity varies depending on the type of communication and is detailed in the policy. As an example, here is the process to confirm identity for in-person and virtual meetings:

Students must:

  • State their full legal name
  • Show a valid picture ID card, either issued by Penn College or a government source
  • State their 9-digit Penn College ID number, if one exists and they do not present a valid Penn College ID card

Parents or others without their student present must:

  • State their full legal name and the full legal name of their student
  • State their relationship to their student
  • Show a valid picture ID card from a government source, or from Penn College, if a Penn College employee or student
  • State the student’s 9-digit Penn College ID number or social security number

If Financial Aid Staff cannot confirm the identity of an individual, they will only be able to answer general financial aid questions. Please keep the policy in mind as you contact the Financial Aid Office, who greatly appreciate your cooperation and your understanding of why the policy is necessary.

Preparing for Fall Semester

As the August 5 Fall Semester eBill due date approaches, phone calls, emails and both virtual and walk-in meetings for the Financial Aid Office increase dramatically. In an effort to avoid potentially unnecessary wait times or late fees, Financial Aid Staff offer these recommendations:

  • Double-check all financial aid applications to ensure they are submitted and complete.
  • Review any letters or emails sent to you in recent weeks by the Financial Aid Office, PHEAA , Federal Student Aid or any external agency or lender. If action is required, do not delay.
  • Check SIS for financial information, including an estimate of the cost of attendance (COA) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Note that, at this time, the Fall COA on SIS is based on the actual number of credits for which your student is scheduled, whereas Spring COA is based on an estimate of 15 credits.
  • The Financial Aid Office does not process tuition waivers, payments or payment plans, and reductions or payments from college savings plans or external scholarships. Contact the Bursar’s Office with questions related to these topics.

The Financial Aid Office Staff continue to review aid applications to determine eligibility for Fall Semester. We thank you in advance for your patience during this very busy time!

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