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  1. Is there a timeline for what my student can expect as a Penn State student?

  2. We're considering Penn State Berks as our student's college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can we arrange a visit?

  3. When should my student submit her/his application for admissions?

  4. Will it help if a family member graduated from Penn State?

  5. How will Penn State Berks notify my student of a decision regarding the application for admission?

  6. Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

  7. When will my student need to "transfer" to the University Park campus?

  8. How much access will my student have to faculty?

  9. Can my student start and finish his/her entire education at Penn State Berks?

  10. Is help available if my student is having trouble in class?

  11. Can my student live on campus, and if so, can he/she bring a car?

  12. My student has a disability. Whom should we contact at Penn State Berks to discuss disability issues?

  13. How much does it cost to attend Penn State Berks?

  14. How can I find out if my student is eligible for financial aid?

  15. What is the Penn State Berks Federal school code number?

  16. What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

  17. If we own a house in Pennsylvania, are we eligible for PA residency?

  18. Will I have access to my student's grades?

  19. How can I notify my health insurance company that my student is a full-time student?

  20. How safe is the campus?

 

  1. Q: Is there a timeline for what my student can expect as a Penn State student?

    1. June - FTCAP (First-Year Testing,Counseling & Advising Program)

      • Student and families attend
      • General information available
      • Police
      • Information Technology
      • Fall schedules are generated
      • First Year Seminar (FYS) classes are determined

      August - Orientation

      • Student introduction to college life
      • Students meet advisors, Berks campus staff members
      • Students meet FYS instructors and campus staff
      • 1st 10 Days of Semester - Drop/Add Period
      • Schedules can be changed w/o using late drop credits
      • Schedule changes to be done in consultation w/an advisor

      4th Week of Each Semester

      • Initial opportunity for formal assessment of progress
      • Student's attendance and progress to date are reported

      7th Week of Each Semester

      • Opportunity for student to discuss progress with instructors
      • Decide if course should be dropped
      • Mid-term grades are submitted.
      • Determine course continuation
      • Satisfactory course work does not generate mid-term notice

      Late Drop Deadline

      • Date determined per semester - check University Calendar
      • Last chance to drop a course
      • Dropping a course to be done in consultation w/an advisor

      October/November

      • Schedule for spring semester based on student's credit count

      Early December

      • Spring semester tuition due

      Last day of classes

      • Date determined per semester
      • Withdrawal deadline

      January of Sophomore Year

      • Student uses e-lion to formally apply for a major


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  2. Q: We're considering Penn State Berks as our student's college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can we arrange a visit?

    1. We definitely recommend that you and your student visit our campus, either before applying or immediately after submitting an application. A student Lion Ambassador will happily give you a tour of the campus and answer any questions you may have. An admissions counselor will explain the application and admissions process. A student aid representative is also available to discuss any concerns regarding financing your student's education.

      You can contact the Office of Admissions at 610-396-6060 to schedule an appointment. You'll find a list of Admission Events and registration information on our website.


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  3. Q: When should my student submit her/his application for admissions?

    1. We recommend that applications for first-year admission be submitted by November 30. Applications will be accepted after that and will be evaluated in a rolling fashion. Transfer admission applications should be submitted as soon as possible prior to the start of the desired semester, due to the lengthier evaluation of transfer credit process.


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  4. Q: Will it help if a family member graduated from Penn State?

    1. If a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse or child is an alumni of Penn State, this will be taken into consideration.


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  5. Q: How will Penn State Berks notify my student of a decision regarding the application for admission?

    1. Students can view the status of their application through their My Penn State account. Students will also receive an offer packet in the mail from the Admissions Office at Penn State Berks.


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  6. Q: Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

    1. No, all students are evaluated in the same manner.


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  7. Q: When will my student need to "transfer" to the University Park campus?

    1. We never use the term "transfer" to describe the process of relocating from one campus location to another. That's because at Penn State University, every campus location is equal. Every credit earned at a campus is equal to credits offered at University Park, and students who begin their studies at a campus location are on equal footing with their counterparts at University Park when it comes to Entrance to Major in the junior year.

      At Penn State, the process of relocating from one campus to another is called Change of Location. This typically takes place after completing the first two years of full-time study toward a baccalaureate degree. Change of Location requests submitted prior to the completion of two years of study are only granted in extreme cases in which the student would not be able to meet the curricular requirements of their choosen major.


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  8. Q: How much access will my student have to faculty?

    1. With an average class size of just 25 students, students find it easy to keep in touch and develop strong relationships with faculty. All faculty keep office hours equal to the hours they are in the classroom. Information about the faculty member's office hours is always included in the course syllabus, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this time. In addition, e-mail has opened up a whole new avenue for communication between students and faculty, making it even easier to stay in touch.


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  9. Q: Can my student start and finish his/her entire education at Penn State Berks?

    1. Typically, your student will complete the first two years of nearly all of Penn State's 160 degree programs at the Berks campus. The final two years of these programs can be finished at Penn State University Park or at a variety of other Penn State campuses if a degree program is chosen which is not offered at Berks.

      The campus offers fifteen baccalaureate degree and eight associate degree programs that can be started and finished entirely at Penn State Berks. 


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  10. Q: Is help available if my student is having trouble in class?

    1. The Learning Center at Penn State Berks is a resource for students who are having difficulty with a particular course as well as for students who aim to maintain a high academic standing. The Learning Center provides information and academic enrichment for most courses, writing assistance, skill instruction and enhancement, and a wide variety of workshops.


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  11. Q: Can my student live on campus, and if so, can he/she bring a car?

    1. Approximately one-third of Penn State Berks students live on-campus in residence halls, while the rest are a mix of off-campus and commuting students. 

      Designated parking areas for on-campus and off-campus registered student vehicles are free and plentiful.


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  12. Q: My student has a disability. Whom should we contact at Penn State Berks to discuss disability issues?

    1. Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for students, including those with documented disabilities. The campus disability coordinator is Yuriko Beaman. She can be reached at 610-396-6410, or visit Disability Services
       


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  13. Q: How much does it cost to attend Penn State Berks?

    1. Penn State offers an excellent value for a quality education with a worldwide reputation for excellence. Penn State establishes tuition rates and fees for all students each year in July. To calculate the most accurate tuition for your student, consult the online Tuition Calculator.    


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  14. Q: How can I find out if my student is eligible for financial aid?

    1. To be considered for student aid, all Penn State students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. This is the only financial aid application Penn State requires. To ensure your student is considered for all possible aid packages, be sure to complete the FAFSA by February 15. 


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  15. Q: What is the Penn State Berks Federal school code number?

    1. 003329. This is the same code used for the entire University, and it is described on the application as Penn State University Park. Don't worry, though, this number is correct. All financial aid is processed centrally through the Office of Student Aid at the University Park campus.


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  16. Q: What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

    1. Penn State recommends that first-year students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web by February 15 for maximum consideration of all student aid programs. Returning students should submit a FAFSA renewal by April 15.


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  17. Q: If we own a house in Pennsylvania, are we eligible for PA residency?

    1. To qualify for in-state tuition, your family needs to reside in Pennsylvania. Owning a house in Pennsylvania alone does not qualify a student for PA residency tuition. To change your student's status from out-of-state to in-state, you will need proof of residency, including PA income tax and Federal income tax forms for the most current year. 


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  18. Q: Will I have access to my student's grades?

    1. Due to federal regulations, parents do not have access to their student's grades. Only if the student gives written permission to the Registrar's office can grades be released to parents. Students can grant permission in eLion for parents to access grades and tuition bills. (FERPA information is available.)


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  19. Q: How can I notify my health insurance company that my student is a full-time student?

    1. The simplist way is for your student to request an enrollment verification via e-Lion. A verification statement will be mailed either to your home or any address you request within 2-3 days.   


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  20. Q: How safe is the campus?

    1. Penn State Berks is a very safe location, with coverage by University Police twenty-four hours a day.  Students who are uneasy about walking alone in the evening are encouraged to utilize the free escort service operated by Police Services by calling 610-396-6406.


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