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Mont Alto sets enrollment records with new academic year

8/20/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto is starting a new academic year with its largest-ever incoming class with 576 new students, as well as its largest-ever student body with 1,351 total registered students. The students hail from 18 states and territories, and Mont Alto is welcoming international students from Bangladesh, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Saudi Arabia.

“We’ve realized an increase in students due in part to a 15-percent increase in direct applicants to our campus, students who elect Mont Alto as their first choice when applying to Penn State,” says Chancellor David Gnage. “We are also pleased the University has approved Mont Alto to accept international students.” Thirteen students in the new class enter with perfect grades (4.0 GPA or higher) while the class average is 3.02. The most popular baccalaureate programs this fall include the Division of Undergraduate Studies (undecided), Engineering, Science, and Agricultural Sciences, while associate degree programs in Business, Human Development and Family Studies, and Occupational Therapy have realized increases.

Penn State Mont Alto now offers eight associate degrees and seven bachelor degrees, including its newest Information Systems Technology (IST) baccalaureate program. The previous record incoming class was recorded a year ago with 574 new students; the largest registered student body prior to this fall was recorded in 1999 with 1,315.

The new academic year will commence at Penn State Mont Alto with its Founders Convocation ceremony Saturday at 10am in the Multipurpose Activities Center. Classes begin Monday, August 23. Click here to view a photoshow from Move In Day.

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