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Encyclopedia > Penn State New Kensington

Penn State New Kensington, located 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is one of twenty-four campuses that make up The Pennsylvania State University. The campus has an enrollment of 1,000 and offers a master's degree program, seven bachelor's degree programs, and eight associate's degree programs as well as seven men's and women's sports. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... “Pittsburgh” redirects here. ... The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant university. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... An associate degree is an academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, business colleges and some bachelors degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years. ...



The New Kensington campus was founded in 1958 as a result of a study of the local need for higher education in the Alle Kiski Valley. The first class graduated in 1960 at the New Kensington Center in the city of New Kensington. The Center moved to the old Parnassus School in 1963. The current campus opened with the Engineering Building in 1966 on 35 acres donated by ALCOA. Two years later the Science, Activities, and Administration buildings and the Library were completed and an additional 30 acres were purchased from a neighboring farmer. In 1969 the Physical Education Complex opened followed by the Theatre in 1971 and the Student Learning Center in 1975. The Science and Technology Center opened in 1990. After a ten-year building hiatus, the Conference Center and Classroom Building was dedicated in March 2001. Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New Kensington is a city located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...

About The Campus

Financial Aid and Scholarships

70 percent of students receive aid (loans, scholarships, grants, work-study); Thirty-five campus scholarships awarded to 140 students.

Campus Life

More than 25 clubs and social organizations; On-campus cultural and entertainment events.


Seven varsity sports: Men’s basketball, women’s basketball; baseball; women’s volleyball; softball; coed golf; coed cheerleading. Four club sports, Nine intramural sports.


Ten buildings on seventy-two wooded acres that includes a multi-purpose Conference Center, the 350-seat Forum Theatre, 600-seat PSNK Field House; Art Gallery.

  • Blissell Library: Over 40,000 books, 200 journal and newspaper subscriptions, and a small video collection. Electronic access to nearly four million volumes in Penn State’s Libraries system.
  • Information Technology Center: Dedicated in June 2000, the $3 million IT Center is equipped with state-of-the-art software and computer technology. The Center contains the 35-seat Allegheny Ludlum Technology Classroom; two additional multi-media classrooms, a video conferencing room, a laboratory for network simulation and pc troubleshooting, and a smaller learning studio. The IT Center contains high-end Pentium 4 workstations and it is located in the Activities Building.
  • Ten Specialized Laboratories: Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Measurement & Instrumentation Laboratory; Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Control Systems Laboratory; Mechanical Engineering Laboratory; Robotics Laboratory which includes separate stations and milling stations; Electrical Engineering Technology Lab; Power Laboratory; Computer Aided Drafting and Design Laboratory; Drafting Classroom; Biomedical Engineering Technology Laboratory (one of only three in the country); Biomedical Engineering Technology Operating Laboratory.
  • Computer Center: Large student laboratory, two teaching laboratories and a faculty laboratory; five-to-one student to computer ratio is one of the lowest ratios in the University; students receive e-mail and Internet account.

Academic programs

First two years of more than 160 Penn State baccalaureate majors.

Eight associate degrees

Biomedical Engineering Technology; Business Administration; Electrical Engineering Technology; Information Sciences and Technology; Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Radiological Sciences; Science-General option.

Seven bachelor’s degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology; Bachelor of Science in Business; Bachelor of Arts in Communications; Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology; Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology; Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Master’s degree

Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum.

Fast facts

  • Address: Penn State New Kensington, 3550 Seventh Street Road, New Kensington, PA 15068-1798
  • Phone: 724-334-LION, 1-888-968-PAWS
  • Founded: 1958
  • Chancellor: Dr. Larry Pollock
  • Enrollment: 1,000-- includes both traditional (18-24 years old) and non-traditional (24 years or older) students. Commuters: 90 percent; Off-campus housing residents: 10 percent.
  • PSNK Graduates (since 1960): 9,874
  • Campus Service Area: Allegheny and Kiski valley regions of the Greater Pittsburgh area and the five-counties in southwestern Pennsylvania--Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Westmoreland.
  • Tuition and Fees (per year, approximate): $10,200 (in-state); $15,332 (out-of-state)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $6.6 mil
  • Nickname: Lions
  • Colors: Blue and White
  • Faculty: 43 full-time
  • Average Class Size: 25

See Also: Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth Campus A mural in the Hetzel Union Building entitled Commonwealth Campuses shows their respective locations. ...

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