Hey, Penn Hills Indians!

A world-class education awaits you at Penn State New Kensington, and we’re right in your backyard!  Our quiet, 70-acre campus is located only 12 miles away on Route 780 in Upper Burrell Township. 

We've seen the great things that Penn Hills students -- like Alicia -- can do with a Penn State education.


Spotlight on Penn Hills High School grad Alicia Carson

Alicia Carson beside poster at research fair


Penn Hills High School: Class of 2012

Penn State University: Class of 2017

Major:  B.S. in Psychology

Career:  Currently attending graduate school at Carlow University


According to Alicia, "Before going to Penn State New Kensington, I attended CCAC in order to cut costs of my college education. While going to CCAC there were many college fairs that I attended. I came across the Penn State New Kensington table and took interest in it because I knew many people that already attended or graduated from PSNK. I asked a lot of questions while visiting the table and PSNK seemed to have everything I was looking for in a college. It had a small campus with a very small ratio of students to professors and it was not in the city, which I appreciated because I like a rural setting much better than the city. I also liked that they had a psychology program, which I heard a lot of positive things about from friends that attended the campus. I discovered that the cost of the program would be relatively low compared to many of the other schools that were close to me."

All of Alicia's research at the college fairs paid off because once she got to campus, she was pleased with her transfer choice. "When I finally did attend PSNK, I was extremely happy with my decision."

"I loved the small class sizes, which really benefited me because I was able to do many things that I would not have been able to do if I attended a larger campus. I got involved with research in my major, psychology. Getting involved with research was wonderful and taught me so much. I was able to attend an Eastern Psychological Association conference with my professors and fellow psychology students, which opened up many doors for me and taught me a lot. My favorite part of attending PSNK was that everyone always smiled and waved because it is such a tight knit school. Also, the professors there are amazing and it was always nice having such a good relationship with the professors that I had. I wish that I had gone to PSNK my entire four years of my undergraduate degree because the two years I spent there were the best years of my life."


Continue your education at Penn State New Kensington

Take advantage of having a Penn State quality education so close to home by exploring your academic options. 

Begin your Penn State education while you’re still enrolled at Penn Hills by taking a college course or two through our Dual Enrollment program.  Or, if you want to wait until after you graduate, you can spend 2 or 4 years of your college experience with us.  We have 5 associate degrees and 10 bachelor’s degrees that you can earn at Penn State New Kensington.  Plus, there is always the 2+2 Plan where you can spend the first 2 years of a bachelor’s degree here and complete your final 2 years at another Penn State campus.  All of these options lead to a Penn State degree, which is a brand name recognized for quality all around the world.  

For the students who choose to live at home during college, having Penn State New Kensington just down the road is a welcome money-saving opportunity.  However, even students who choose to live on their own can enjoy the relatively lower rent available in the northeastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.


Contact us

Our director of enrollment management, Monique, is ready to help you with any questions you may have.  Feel free to reach out to her by phone (724-334-6058) or email ([email protected]).


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