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Pennsylvania College of Technology: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology, or Penn College, is affiliated with Pennsylvania State University. Located in the small city of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, it is an open admissions 4-year public college. The college focuses on undergraduate associate's and bachelor's degrees, and nearly 6,000 students were enrolled in 2011. The college prides itself on an active and successful student athletics program.

All on-campus housing features apartment-style units set up for 1, 2 or 4 students. Some facilities are dedicated to first-year students. In 2012, slightly less than a third of students lived on campus.


Penn College includes 8 schools offering over 100 programs, most leading to associate's or bachelor's degrees. A core focus is applied technology, with programs in business and computer technologies, construction and design, industrial and engineering technologies, and transportation technology. The college also offers programs in health sciences, hospitality, and natural resources management. The most popular programs are construction technology, nursing, and automobile technology and repair.

Both full- and part-time schedules are allowed. There are also 8 bachelor's programs available online for those who already have associate's degrees. The online programs are in health services, information management, and technology management.

All entering students take placement examinations to determine a student's likely first-semester success. In some cases, remedial work may be required. The college provides a 2-day orientation program for all new students and their parents.


The college has an open admissions policy and applications are accepted all year. Students must supply proof of a high school education or equivalent and those applying for bachelor's level programs must supply SAT scores. The application cutoff date for the fall semester is July 1. Online application is possible through the college website, or prospective students may print the application form. In 2012, there was a $50 non-refundable application fee. Online applicants must supply credit card information for this fee.

In 2011, 63% of the students were male, and 83% were full time. Most (90%) were residents of Pennsylvania and 78% were under 25 years of age.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The college estimated the yearly cost for a full-time in-state student for the 2012-13 academic year to be slightly under $25,000 for those living on campus and slightly under $16,000 for those commuting from home. For out-of-state students, the estimated yearly cost for a full-time student living on campus was about $28,500. These estimates include tuition, fees, and books, but no personal expenses. Housing costs are also included for those living on campus. Tuition payment for the fall semester is due in August, and tuition for the spring semester is due in December.

Penn College administers a federal work-study program where students work off campus and gain relevant experience while they continue their education. This program is for all students, not just those who qualify for financial aid.

There are over 150 scholarships available from Penn College. Students apply for scholarships online and must apply by April 1 for fall awards and October 1 for spring awards.

School Type Public, 4-year (primarily associate's)*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 5,976 students in 2011, all undergraduates*
Student Housing Available to full-time students**
Schools and Programs 8 schools, 117 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Automotive Mechanics Technology (77)
Bachelor's: Building/Construction Site Management (73)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 47% overall
Admission Rate 91% in 2012**
Entering Class Size 2,280 (Fall 2012)**
First-Year Retention Rates 66% for full-time students, 33% for part-time*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1430 (for Bachelor of Science students, 2007-2008)**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions throughout the year; application due date was July 1, 2012 for Fall 2012 admissions**
Decision Notification Date Within 10 business days of receipt of the application**
Tuition $14,370 a year for in-state and $18,000 a year for out-of-state students (for 2012-2013; includes tuition and fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (47%), state/local grants (54%), institutional grants (5%), federal loans (74%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Pennsylvania College of Technology

School Contact Information

  • Address: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Admissions Office, DIF 119, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701
  • Phone: (570) 327-4761
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