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New off-campus housing makes room for additional students

8/20/2009 —

Penn State Mont Alto will open the new academic year this fall with a record incoming class of 574 new students. That represents a 12-percent increase over fall 2008. The previous record was recorded in fall 2006 with 516 new students. The new students come from local communities and 19 states and territories, and many of them have housing needs. 

The campus’ three residence halls can house 438 students.  They filled to capacity during the summer months though the University did not have to turn students away in part to the availability of new off-campus housing. The Apex at Mont Alto apartment complex is privately owned and managed and located off of Slabtown Road on Danny Brook Drive. 

“With a record incoming class and demand for student housing beyond our capacity, we are pleased Apex has opened,” says Chancellor David C. Gnage. “The additional student housing afforded by Apex provides the opportunity for our campus to accommodate more students than ever before.”

An increasing number of students are choosing to start their Penn State career at Mont Alto recognizing the value of spending the first two years at Mont Alto before moving to the University Park campus to complete their degrees. The campus has also been proactive in reaching out to the community to determine its educational needs and to develop programs to meet those needs.

The combined SAT scores and GPA’s of the incoming class ranks fourth among all Penn State campuses outside of University Park. Additionally, 14 new students enter with perfect grades (4.0 GPA or higher). The most popular programs this fall include the Division of Undergraduate Studies (enrollment is up 66 percent from fall 2008), and Occupational Therapy and Engineering which have both realized 50-percent increases in enrollment from a year ago.

Penn State Mont Alto will hold its Convocation ceremony on Saturday at 10:25 a.m. in the Multipurpose Recreation Center (gymnasium) on campus to mark the opening of the new academic year.  Members of the press are welcomed to attend.

Fall classes begin on Monday, August 24th.

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