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Why Penn State New Kensington?  Quality Degree Programs


You can choose from a variety of associate degree (two-year) and baccalaureate degree (four-year) programs that you can complete at Penn State New Kensington.  Or, you can complete the first two years of almost 160 majors here, and finish your bachelor's degree at another campus.  If you're not sure what sort of a path you need to follow for your desired major, view our recommended academic plans.

Current student Tansey Ochs is finding plenty of opportunities as she begins her senior year here at Penn State New Kensington.  

Ochs on her academic experience at Penn State New Kensington:

I love the small town atmosphere of New Kensington, and I have many more opportunities at this campus than I feel I would have at a larger campus. I have joined various clubs and have been given many leadership roles here, like President of the Campus Activities Board and Co-President of the Lion Ambassadors.

All of these reasons have led me to change my major to stay at the New Kensington campus. I was very fortunate that our campus obtained the Administration of Justice major, which is similar to my original major of Crime, Law, and Justice that I would have had to complete at University Park."


Ochs on her global education at Penn State New Kensington:

In 2010-2011, Spain was the Country of Focus in the curriculum at Penn State New Kensington.  Ochs participated in the year of events on campus and then traveled to Spain with other students, faculty, staff and alumni on the 2011 International Trip. While she was in Spain, Ochs learned that she would soon be traveling abroad again.  Ochs was one of 19 students selected to participate in the Summer Education Abroad 2011: The Netherlands program.

One of only two students from the commonwealth campuses to be selected, Ochs spent 4 weeks abroad with the faculty-led program "Dutch Criminal Justice in Comparative Perspective."  She took 2 classes and received 9 credits toward her degree, which she will complete in the spring.

You don't have to go to University Park to take advantage of these great experiences.  Studying abroad was a growing experience for me, both educationally and personally.  I would encourage anyone to study abroad."


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