Chancellor Snider speaks at podium

Chancellor's Welcome

Chancellor's Welcome

Welcome to Penn State New Kensington. For over 50 years, we have been a leader in providing a challenging educational environment where service to students is a top priority.

Located 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, we are one of 24 state-wide campuses that comprise Penn State, a comprehensive, student-centered, world-renowned research university, rich in history, educational success and alumni pride. Our students have access to more than 160 Penn State degree programs offered throughout the system. Whether you start at our campus and finish your studies at another campus, or stay at New Kensington to earn one of our nine bachelor’s or five associate degrees, you earn a Penn State degree that is recognized globally for its quality. Because we focus on teaching practical skills to prepare our students, a Penn State degree is the number one degree sought by company recruiters.

Penn State New Kensington offers a high-quality blend of academic programs, teaching, research, student support, scholarships and community engagement. Our bachelor’s degree programs are a major draw for incoming students. Eighty-six percent of our freshmen seek four-year degrees in Administration of Justice, Business, Communications, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, Informational Sciences Technology, Nursing, Organizational Leadership and Psychology (B.A. and B.S.). In addition, we offer unique associate degree programs, such as Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Technology. We are the only Penn State campus that grants an associate degree in biomedical engineering technology, and our program is one of only seven in the United States to be accredited by ABET.

The quality of faculty and student interaction makes New Kensington distinctive. In the past 10 years, eight campus faculty members have been honored with University-wide teaching awards and students have opportunities to collaborate with faculty. Our Research Stipend program supports student research by encouraging faculty members to design undergraduate research projects. Internships provide early opportunities for career development and future employment.

Our GREAT (Growing Regional Engineering through Academics and Training) program, is designed to match promising campus engineering students with companies in the region as early as the freshman year. Our community presence allows us to work with local school districts on programs, such as the Alle-Kiski Best Practices Collaboration, which serves as a model for innovative teaching and learning through shared resources.

The lifeblood of the University’s history and its vibrant future are scholarships, which provide a source of financial support as well as encourage academic and personal growth. This year, we awarded $376,000 in scholarships to incoming freshmen for the fall semester. More than 160 first-year students received an average of $2,300 per award,
Penn State New Kensington is in the early stages of a five-year strategic plan. The initiatives call for strengthening educational experiences, expanding student opportunities; partnering with local communities; keeping accessibility to higher education; engaging students; and embracing diversity. Sustainability, poverty initiatives and STEM programming are the key ingredients in the plan.

We’ve also made substantive investments in our physical plant. For the past three years, the campus has undergone a series of renovations to improve existing facilities. State-of-the art labs, classrooms, and renovated common spaces all designed to enhance your learning experience.

What really separates us from other places is the fact that everyone on our campus is invested in your success. From those charged with keeping the grounds in order, to staff ensuring that we meet your needs, to faculty who get to know you and want you to succeed, to the senior administration, we all take your education seriously and it shows.

Don’t take my word for it. Come up and see what is going on at Penn State New Kensington and talk to our students. I look forward to welcoming you in person on campus in the near future,

Dr. Kevin J.G. Snider