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PSU-Mont Alto has record number of incoming students

University has approved campus to accept international students

August 20, 2010

MONT ALTO, Pa. -- Penn State Mont Alto is starting a new academic year with its largest incoming class of 576 new students, as well as its largest body of 1,351 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," Chancellor David Gnage said in a news release. "We are also pleased the university has approved Mont Alto to accept international students."

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

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The new academic year will begin at Penn State Mont Alto with its Founders Convocation ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Multipurpose Activities Center. Classes begin Monday.

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