Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus

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Ranked America’s 29th best public college by Forbes, Penn State University operates the Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport to deliver four associate and 11 bachelor’s degrees plus the High School Dual Enrollment Program with a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. For example, the Criminal Justice A.S. builds a 65-credit, MSCHE-accredited curriculum centered on law enforcement with flexible online courses from Corrections to Court Processes. Chaired by Dr. Jennifer Breese, the 60-credit Information Science & Technology A.S. leads to entry-level IT careers with tech-based projects in three-credit online classes like C++ Programming and Networking for industry certifications.

Online on Canvas since 2008, the Business Administration A.S. has developed a 63-credit, two-year track for Penn State Greater Allegheny students to gain enterprising skills in courses from Financial Accounting to Management Information Systems with a 2+2 bachelor’s transfer option. Directed by Dr. Eric Lipsky, the Surveying Engineering Technology A.ENGT. follows a 69-credit, ABET-accredited hybrid path to Professional Land Surveyor licensure and mean $63,420 pay after courses like Photogrammetry. The World Campus also offers a Human Development & Family Studies A.S., Labor & Employment Relations A.S., Arts & Sciences A.A., and Turfgrass Science A.S. online.

About Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus

In 1934, President Ralph D. Hetzel started a Pennsylvania State College program for the Pittsburgh Metro to bolster the thriving steel industry. In 1948, Penn State officially opened the McKeesport Center to accommodate returning World War II veterans. In 1955, Penn State McKeesport granted its first Associate of Science degree. Two years later, the current nine-building campus was acquired on Broadway Avenue by Renziehausen Park. In 1971, the J. Clarence Kelly Library was erected. In 1999, Penn State McKeesport launched the first four-year degree for an Information Sciences & Technology B.S. In 2005, McKeesport boasted one of the Penn State System’s earliest total-campus WiFi networks. In September 2006, the Board of Trustees decided on the Penn State University Greater Allegheny name.

Endowed for $3.4 million, Penn State University Greater Allegheny now employs 70 faculty teaching 462 undergrad Nittany Lions online or at its 52-acre White Oak campus just 11 miles southeast of Pittsburgh with 35+ clubs like the Psychological Association for 83 percent retention. In 2019, Penn State Greater Allegheny received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. In 2020, PSUGA had three Tri-State Golden Quill Award of Excellence finalists. Penn State University won a 2015 Online Learning Consortium Award too. The U.S. News & World Report picked Penn State eighth for online undergrad degrees and sixth for veteran education online. On Niche, PSU has America’s sixth-best criminal justice and seventh top information technology programs. The Princeton Review recognized Penn State University for the third-best alumni network. PSU provides Kiplinger’s 36th top public value nationwide.

Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus Accreditation Details

On June 25, 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) voted to reaffirm the Level II accreditation for Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus through the next 2023-24 evaluation visit under Chancellor Jacqueline Edmondson, PhD, who earned the ALA Outstanding Resource Award. Located 289 miles east via Interstate 76 in Philadelphia, this superb six-state Northeast Region accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) also approved the Surveying Engineering Technology A.ENGT. in September 2015.

Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus Application Requirements

Getting into Penn State University Greater Allegheny is classified as “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s since 343 of the 393 Fall 2018 applicants were chosen for 87 percent acceptance. First-year Nittany Lions must verify a valid high school diploma or the GED equivalent. Associate programs require at least two math, two science, four English, and five social studies or liberal arts credits. Grades of C or better are needed to ensure subject proficiency. Greater Allegheny’s Class of 2022 reported an average GPA of 3.17. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 18-24. Mid-range admitted SAT scores were 960-1190. The Schreyer Honors College mandates a minimum 3.40 GPA. Undergrads who’ve attempted 18 semester or 27 quarter credits at accredited colleges can transfer. Most associate degrees demand a 2.0 or better transfer GPA. Surveying Engineering Technology A.ENGT. cohorts need 2.50 GPAs though. International undergrads typically need at least 80 TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or 24 ACT scores.

Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus has an Early Action period from August 1st to November 1st. The Schreyer Honors College closes on December 4th. Priority undergrad deadlines are April 15th for Fall, March 1st for Summer, and November 1st for Spring starts. International learners should file before February 1st or October 1st. Firm World Campus deadlines are June 30th, October 31st, and March 15th. Accordingly, complete the Penn State, Coalition, or Common Application online for $65 ($75 if foreign). Forward official transcripts to 4000 University Drive in McKeesport, PA 15132. Send test results using SAT/TOEFL code 2660 or ACT code 3656. Contact (412) 675-9010 or about further steps.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Penn State University – Greater Allegheny Campus charged in-state undergrads $12,718 annually. Pennsylvanians paid $524 per credit or $6,359 per full-time semester. Non-resident associate tuition was $21,310 each year. Out-of-state undergrads covered $888 per credit or $10,655 every term full-time. Living in McKeesport Hall added $3,090 to $3,865 for semester housing. LionCash meal plans for Cafe Metro were $2,665 extra. PSUGA budgeted $1,840 for books and $4,788 for personal expenses each year. Annual undergrad attendance equaled $32,222 in-state and $40,814 out-of-state. Online studies cost everyone $576 per credit. Flat-rate online semester tuition is $6,994.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in Frable Building Room 112 links 93 percent of incoming, full-time PSUGA Nittany Lions to tuition assistance averaging $7,775 each for $793,014 combined. Institutional aid includes the Ruth Baxter Memorial Scholarship, Latterman Endowed Scholarship, JoAnne Burley Leadership Scholarship, Alan & Dorothy Bober Scholarship, Kalich Family Leadership Award, Huntington Bank Scholarship, Andrew Traina Memorial Scholarship, Victor & Joan Orler Scholarship, Charles Virts Memorial Scholarship, and Frank Neish Endowed Scholarship. The Provost Award gives $24,000 total to first-year freshmen enrolling in 24+ credits at any Penn State campus. The $12,000 Discover Penn State Award has a May 1st deadline for PSUGA associate majors from eight neighboring Mid-Atlantic states. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant and Educational Opportunity Grant, require FAFSA forms coded 003329. The PA Foundation also offers 25 in-state funds like the Arthur Williams Phillips Scholarship and Guido Pichini Endowed Scholarship.

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