Founded in 1935, Penn State Dubois is a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University and is located in DuBois, Pennsylvania. Penn State Dubois students can choose from three bachelor’s degree programs and eleven associate’s degree programs, in addition to a number of continuing education programs. There is one master’s degree program that is delivered through the college’s Continuing Education division. Students can also complete the first two years of an additional 160 majors at Dubois, and transfer to Penn State’s main campus to complete their degrees.
Penn State DuBois offers flexible class schedules that include a full daytime schedule, extended evening hours, and Saturday classes. There are also business, industry, and service programs that are for credit and noncredit. The campus features state-of-the-art computer labs and learning studios, and recently added a high-tech IST (Information Systems Technology) Lab.
Academic support services include an Advising Center and a Learning Center, which offers free professional and peer tutoring in a number of subjects. Students have opportunities to participate in faculty research projects. There is also a special Honors Program, through which students can enjoy special extracurricular activities, such as a fall overnight trip to a different American city and a spring-break trip out of the country. The DuBois Campus usually offers six to eight honors courses each semester, including some specialized courses. The college offers small class sizes; the average class size is 24. Sixty-five percent of the faculty members at this school hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their discipline.
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Students who wish to apply to Penn State Dubois, must create and set up a MyPennState profile, and complete the online application form, which includes a mandatory personal statement. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Each applicant must also submit an official SAT or ACT score report, a counselor form, an official high school transcript or GED score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (where applicable). Letters of recommendation and SAT II score reports are not required. Certain programs also have additional requirements. The deadline for fall admission is usually in late November. Prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. Students who have submitted all of the required application materials should check their MyPennState profiles for the status of their applications. They will also receive their admission decisions through MyPennState.
Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website.
The majority of the students at Penn State Dubois receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. More than 85 percent of students who applied for financial aid were awarded need-based financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students at Penn State Dubois include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. In just one year, more than $230,000 is awarded in campus scholarships.
All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority deadline date for completing the FAFSA application is sometime in February. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students who wish to be considered for the college’s in-state tuition rates, they may have to furnish additional documentation to establish their residency. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Penn State also offers payment plans to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.
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Penn State Dubois has a very diverse student body; approximately one-third of the students are adult learners. About 10% of the college’s students live on campus in one of the college’s residence halls with traditional and suite-style residences and about 95% of the students live within 60 miles from the college. There is housing for male and female students, and designated housing for first year students.
There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are more than 20 diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular organizations include the Agriculture Club, Christian Student Fellowship, the Engineering Club, the Lion Ambassadors, the Service Above Self Club, student govenment, the Thespian Society, the World Cultures Club, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), and the Earth Science Club. There are also interesting recreational and cultural events held on campus throughout the year. Performing arts events are free and open to all of the college’s students.
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Penn State DuBois is a member of the Penn State University Athletic Conference, and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Known as the Nittany Lions, the college’s athletic teams proudly wear the school’s colors of navy blue and white. Men’s varsity sports include basketball, cross country, and wrestling. Women’s varsity sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball. Students can also choose to participate in the school’s intramural and recreational sports programs. Intramural sports offered include flag football, outdoor soccer, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, bowling, running, kickball, and whiffle ball. There is also a poker league.
Penn State Dubois has a multi-function gymnasium with a regulation basketball court, half size basketball courts, and set ups for volleyball, soccer, badminton, and floor hockey. Students also have ready access to aerobic and weight equipment.
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