Last Chance for Many Scholarships!

centralpenncampuslife63The final deadline is coming up for many of Central Penn College’s scholarships for incoming new students! If you are a current high school senior planning to apply for any of the scholarships listed below, you must apply by April 1!

  • centralpenncampuslife63Academic Scholarship: Students awarded this scholarship will receive $1,000 a term for their entire education (six terms for an associate degree, ten terms for a bachelor’s degree). Up to five students are awarded the Academic Scholarship annually.
  • Opportunity Scholarship: Students awarded this scholarship will receive $500 a term for their entire education (six terms for an associate degree, ten terms for a bachelor’s degree). Up to ten students are awarded the Opportunity Scholarship annually.
  • FBLA/DECA Scholarship: Students awarded this scholarship will receive $1,000 to be used toward their first three terms of tuition. The FBLA/DECA Scholarship is awarded to ALL qualifying student applicants.

Visit the scholarship page to see the requirements for each scholarship and to apply online! Remember, it only takes an essay and some basic information to apply, so be sure to submit your application before the deadline!

Questions? Email Admissions!

The Underground!

This past fall, The Underground was unveiled to current students on campus. The Underground is a new 4,000-square foot student union which includes the following spaces: a 250-seat Capital BlueCross Theatre, fitness center, dance studio, Writing and Learning Center, Student Government Association offices, and the Refresh for Success Student Center.

Along with the rest of the campus community, the admissions team was very excited! We let the students have a little while to get settled in their new space, but then we decided to check out the new fitness center for ourselves!

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Want to see it for yourself? Schedule a visit to Central Penn, and we’ll be happy to show you around The Underground and the rest of campus!

A Perspective from One Busy Central Penn Student

My name is Caroline and I am a student at Central Penn College. I am just about halfway through my college career and am looking to hopefully soon start an internship. I am a marketing major. There are always exciting things going on around campus. Whether it is my volunteering or working on campus, it is very busy.

Community service is one of our Big Eight Philosophies here at Central Penn, so our students learn community involvement. Working on campus is also huge because I have worked in the marketing department, admissions, and now the President’s office. It is a great opportunity to learn really what all goes into getting our prospective students to say “yes.” All of my experiences have already helped me so much with realizing what the real world will really be like.

You may be thinking, “How could she know just by working within the school and going to classes there?” Well, our classroom set up is amazing! We have a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, and the one-on-one time with professors is a great opportunity to learn even more. We do dress professionally on presentation days and if there is a career expo of some sort, which makes me realize that this is real. In just a year, I will be in my internship and graduating – really deciding what I want to do for the rest of my life.

The professors make it easy to speak with them, especially regarding resume-building opportunities. The hands-on learning experiences we get in the classroom are well put together and something I have never experienced before. With the Allied Health majors, of course it is easy to be hands-on, but within the business department it is on another level. Whether it may be looking at previous business plans, creating our own business plan, or even doing research on certain companies, it gets everyone excited to learn something new and realize what our niche is. Central Penn has opened so many doors for me, and I will be forever thankful. I have met so many great people, and made great connections that will last a lifetime.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://blogs.centralpenn.edu/admissions/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/02/caroline-weir.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Caroline is a current student at Central Penn College, and she is in her sixth term. Caroline is working toward her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing, and she is originally from Middletown, PA. Caroline currently works in the President’s office on campus.[/author_info] [/author]

Want to join Caroline on your own journey toward success? Learn more about Central Penn’s academic programs, community service on campus, and all of the guiding principles of the college that Caroline mentioned. Then schedule your visit to campus!

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

 

Accepted Student Brunch 2015

On Saturday, January 17, Central Penn College welcomed 28 accepted students and their families to campus. The future Knights and their families gathered in the Conference Center to learn more about Central Penn and what steps to take to prepare for starting college! The crowd was welcomed and congratulated by Amanda Welker, Senior Admissions Counselor, and Curtis Voelker and Caitlin Copus, both also from the admissions office, took over from that point. Students celebrated their college acceptance, and family members cheered for their accepted students as the event got started!

The rest of the day included a variety of fun and informative sessions:

If you missed the Accepted Student Brunch or are ready to visit again, stay on the lookout for information about Closer Look Weekend, an overnight visit event for accepted students on Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18! At Closer Look Weekend, accepted students will be able to meet current and future Central Penn students as well as faculty and staff, sit in on college classes, participate in fun activities, and take placement exams.

If you’re considering attending Central Penn but haven’t been accepted yet, remember that you’ll need to finish the admissions process soon if you want to attend Closer Look Weekend! Contact admissions if you have questions about how to finish the application process, or apply now if you haven’t already!

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Meet our Newest Admissions Counselor!

Welcome Central Penn College’s newest admissions counselor, Brandy Hamilton, to the Central Penn family!

 

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Brandy Hamilton – Admissions Counselor

My name is Brandy Hamilton, and I am an Admissions Counselor at Central Penn College. I am from a small town called Littlestown, PA where I graduated from Littlestown Senior High School (LHS). After graduating from LHS in 2004, I attended HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, then transferred to The Pennsylvania State University (go Nittany Lions!) where I finished my Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

While attending Penn State, every time I visited my advisor I saw signs for Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology students. I wanted to make it an accomplishment of mine to be invited to join. I worked really, really hard and was inducted into Psi Chi after my second semester at Penn State! I was so excited to be a part of something big. During my junior year, I was even elected Vice President! During my time at Penn State, I also was a part of the Blue and White Society, helped with local charitable events, and volunteered for research studies.

I currently live in Camp Hill with my husband, our daughter Gracie, and our two fur babies, Lucy and Bailey! We love to travel and go to live music and sporting events, (we are huge Philadelphia sports fans and also enjoy the occasional trip to Happy Valley) and of course, we love to be parents!

Trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life is definitely a tough decision! My advice for selecting a college is to visit as many colleges as you can and find the perfect one for YOU! Every person is different and so is every college. Once you’re in school, make sure that you get involved, whether that is being a part of a team, honor society, or club; you will find that meeting new people and being a part of something will make your college experience an amazing one!

 

Welcome, Brandy!

2015 Early Bird Scholarship Deadline

2014 is quickly coming to a close! If you’re finishing up your last year of high school and applying for scholarships is on your to-do list, don’t forget that January 1 is the Early Bird Deadline to apply for new student scholarships at Central Penn!

typingIf you’re considering applying for one of the three scholarships listed below, be sure to submit your application before January 1!

  • Academic Scholarship: Students awarded this scholarship will receive $1,000 a term for their entire education (six terms for an associate’s degree, ten terms for a bachelor’s degree). Up to five students are awarded the Academic Scholarship annually.
  • Opportunity Scholarship: Students awarded this scholarship will receive $500 a term for their entire education (six terms for an associate’s degree, ten terms for a bachelor’s degree). Up to ten students are awarded the Opportunity Scholarship annually.
  • FBLA/DECA Scholarship: Students awarded this scholarship will receive $1,000 to be used toward their first three terms of tuition. The FBLA/DECA Scholarship is awarded to ALL qualifying student applicants.

Visit the scholarship page to see the qualifications for each scholarship and to apply online! While you’re there, you’ll see that there are other new student scholarships with different application processes, so be sure to take a look at everything!

Fall Open House 2014

About 60 students and their families visited Central Penn College on Saturday, November 15 for the Fall Open House! Visitors gathered plenty of great information about campus, including:

In addition to all of the great information that our visitors received, they also enjoyed a delicious continental breakfast and full lunch, met Central Penn’s mascot, Sir Will, and some students even left with an awesome Central Penn giveaway to commemorate their visit! All of the student visitors also had a chance to fill out a questionnaire to complete their campus interview as a part of the visit day.

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Missed the Fall Open House? Never fear; admissions loves to host visitors to Central Penn! We have two special visit days coming up:

  • Monday, December 1 from 10:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Saturday, December 13 from 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM

You can register online for either of those visits. If an individual weekday visit would suit you better, you can also schedule a personal visit online. Questions about visiting? Email admissions or call 1-800-759-2727 to speak to an admissions counselor.

See you soon!

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Basecamp Summit Provides Learning Opportunities to Visiting High Schoolers

On Monday, November 10, Central Penn College welcomed 156 students from Susquenita, Harrisburg, Penn Manor, Central Dauphin, Big Spring, and Millersburg high schools for the second Basecamp Summit. This biannual event is a bridge program designed to assist high school juniors and seniors as they transition to life beyond the high school classroom.

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Posing with Voelker, several of the visiting students show off new Central Penn swag won during the event.

The visiting students began the day being welcomed by Central Penn’s President, Dr. Karen Scolforo. Next, the students engaged in a “What’s Next?” panel session run by admissions counselor Curtis Voelker, who is also a 2012 graduate of Central Penn. The panel consisted of three current students and one professor. Questions during the panel covered topics from choosing a major/academic program in college, taking the SAT/ACT, making the most of the end of your high school career, and more.

Moving forward throughout the day, students heard from faculty and staff who volunteered to host an array of informative sessions:

  • Click (Dis)like: Why Social Media Use is Now a Professional Issue
  • Intro to Criminal Justice: The Forensic Process
  • Getting Along: How to Deal with Conflicts in College
  • Unleash your Personal Leadership Power
  • Don’t Just Survive… THRIVE!
  • Financial Literacy 101

The day closed with lunch in Scoozi’s Cafe, Central Penn’s campus eatery, and a tour of the campus.

Student comments from the day included:

  • “Can’t wait to start the OTA [Occupational Therapy Assistant] program!!”
  • “Everything was wonderful.”
  • “Excellent concept for high school students! Thank you for your hard work!”
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For any high school juniors and seniors who missed this opportunity, we will be holding another Basecamp Summit in spring 2015! Have your guidance counselor email admissions or call admissions at 1-800-759-2727 to register students for this fun and informative event!

 

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Central Penn Admissions says YES to College!

Wondering if college is for you? Some people think that college isn’t attainable. Do any of these sound like familiar things you’ve heard or you’ve said before?

  • My friends aren’t going to college.
  • No one in my family has ever gone to college.
  • My high school grades aren’t good.
  • My SAT scores aren’t very good.
  • I didn’t even take the SAT.
  • I don’t have the money to attend college.

There are plenty of reasons that people think that college isn’t attainable for them. However, if you have the drive and ambition to go to college, and you are ready to work hard and persevere, there is an option for you! Whether you need academic assistance, financial assistance, academic accommodations, or anything else, there are resources available. Don’t let excuses get in the way of your chance to attend college!

Central Penn College Admissions Counselor Curtis Voelker recently visited a group of students at Dallastown Area High School to discuss these issues with them. While many students have concerns about college and that’s normal, it’s much better to ask questions and address your concerns than to miss out on all of the opportunities that college can provide.

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Voelker speaks with the YES program at Dallastown Area High School. College is attainable for so many people, even those who require an interpreter!

If you’d like to talk more about college options or have Curtis speak at your school, contact admissions.

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