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  1. We're considering Penn State Brandywine as our child's college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can we arrange a visit?

  2. How much does it cost to attend Penn State Brandywine?

  3. When should my child submit her/his application for admissions?

  4. Will it help if a family member graduated from Penn State?

  5. How will Penn State Brandywine notify my child of his/her admissions decision?

  6. Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

  7. When will my child need to "transfer" to University Park campus?

  8. How much access will my child have to faculty?

  9. Is help available if my child is having trouble in class?

  10. What is the Penn State Brandywine federal school code number?

  11. What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

  12. If we own a house in Pennsylvania, are we eligible for PA residency?

  13. Will I have access to my child's grades?

  14. How can I notify my health insurance company that my child is a full-time student?

  15. What if I cannot pay my child's tuition bill by the due date?

  16. How safe is the campus?

 

  1. Q: We're considering Penn State Brandywine as our child's college choice. Do you recommend visiting the campus before applying, and how can we arrange a visit?

    1. Penn State Brandywine invites you and your child to visit our campus at any point in the college search process.  By making an individual appointment during the week, you can take a campus tour led by our student Lion Ambassadors, and meet with an Admissions counselor to discuss the admissions process.


      To schedule an appointment, please call our Admissions Office at 610-892-1200.


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  2. Q: How much does it cost to attend Penn State Brandywine?

    1. Penn State offers an excellent value for a quality education with a worldwide reputation for excellence. Penn State establishes tuition rates and fees for all students each year in July. To calculate the most accurate tuition for your child, consult the online Tuition Calculator.


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  3. Q: When should my child submit her/his application for admissions?

    1. Although Penn State has a rolling admissions policy, it is strongly recommended that applications for first-year admission be submitted by our priority deadline of November 30. Penn State does not have an "early decision" process. Transfer admission applications should be submitted as soon as possible prior to the start of the desired semester, due to the lengthier evaluation of transfer credits.


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  4. Q: Will it help if a family member graduated from Penn State?

    1. If a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse or child is an alumnus/na of Penn State, this will be taken into consideration.


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  5. Q: How will Penn State Brandywine notify my child of his/her admissions decision?

    1. All students will receive an official decision by mail. Students can check the status of their application online at http://admissions.psu.edu/index.cfm


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  6. Q: Are admission requirements for out-of-state students different than those for in-state students?

    1. No, all students are evaluated in the same manner.


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  7. Q: When will my child need to "transfer" to University Park campus?

    1. At Penn State, the process of relocating from one campus to another is called Change of Location, and this typically takes place after completing the first two years of full-time study toward a baccalaureate degree. Change of Location requests submitted prior to the completion of two years of study are only granted in extreme cases in which the student would not be able to meet the curricular requirements of the choosen major.


      We do not use the term "transfer" to describe the process of relocating from one campus location to another. At Penn State University, every campus location is equal. Every credit earned at a campus is equal to credits offered at University Park, and students who begin their studies at a campus location are on equal footing with their counterparts at University Park when it comes to Entrance to Major in the junior year.



       


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  8. Q: How much access will my child have to faculty?

    1. With an average class size of just 24 students, students find it easy to keep in touch and develop strong relationships with faculty. All faculty keep office hours equal to the hours they are in the classroom. Information about the faculty member's office hours is always included in the course syllabus, and students are encouraged to take advantage of this time. In addition, email is used for communication between students and faculty, making it even easier to stay in touch.


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  9. Q: Is help available if my child is having trouble in class?

    1. The Learning and Writing Centers at Penn State Brandywine give students personalized access to academic support services from peer and professional tutors.  As an integral part of the University’s Academic Structure, the Centers interact with faculty, staff, and students to provide a range of services specifically designed to meet individual needs and goals.  Brandywine Learning is located on the main floor of the Vairo Library. Their phone number is 610-892-1460. You can find the Writing Studio on the upper floor of the Vairo Library. They can be reached at 610-892-1352.

       


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  10. Q: What is the Penn State Brandywine federal school code number?

    1. 003329. This is the same code used for the entire University, and it is described on the application as Penn State University Park. Don't worry, though, this number is correct. All financial aid is processed centrally through the Office of Student Aid at the University Park campus.


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  11. Q: What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

    1. Penn State recommends that first-year students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web by February 15 for maximum consideration of all student aid programs.  Returning students should submit a FAFSA renewal by April 15.


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  12. Q: If we own a house in Pennsylvania, are we eligible for PA residency?

    1. To qualify for in-state tuition, your family needs to reside in Pennsylvania. Owning a house in Pennsylvania alone does not qualify a student for PA residency tuition. To change your child's status from out-of-state to in-state, you will need proof of residency, including PA income tax and Federal income tax forms for the most current year. 


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  13. Q: Will I have access to my child's grades?

    1. Public Law 93-380, the "Educational Amendment of 1974," includes the Buckley Amendment.  It stipulates that no student record shall be disclosed by any means to individuals or agencies outside of the educational institution without consent of the student.  Penn State requires that such permission be in writing and specify the particular record to be released.  This means that no course grade, whether partial (as in a progress report) or complete, and no other indicator of course performance (such as an attendance record) shall be released verbally or in writing to anyone, not even a family member, without the student's permission.


      Even if it were not a matter of federal law, the practice of not disclosing academic information is consistent with our policy of the process of college education:  we consider the student to be the adult agent of action with the University.


      This does not mean you cannot seek help when you need it!  You can call us with your concerns.  We will urge your student to discuss their issues and concerns with you, and with their permission, we can all discuss them together.


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  14. Q: How can I notify my health insurance company that my child is a full-time student?

    1. The simpliest way is for your child to request an enrollment verification via eLion. A verification statement will be mailed either to your home or any address your request within 2-3 days.

       


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  15. Q: What if I cannot pay my child's tuition bill by the due date?

    1. Penn State offers a Deferred Payment Plan that allows you the convenience of splitting your tuition bill into three payments. Instructions for the Deferred Payment Plan appear on the semester bill. A $45 fee per semester is required.


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  16. Q: How safe is the campus?

    1. The Director of Business Services is responsible for the Department of Safety and Security at Penn State Brandywine. There are two full-time security officers and two part-time security officers employed by the campus and providing services Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Our department provides assistance, as needed, with vehicle lockouts, jump-starts, and escorts.

      Crime Statistics
      In accordance with the Campus Safety Act of 1990, a monthly Uniform Crime Report (UCR) is recorded with the Pennsylvania State Police. The UCR report is filled out with the Pennsylvania State Police via its web site.  Penn State Brandywine's information can be viewed at http://www.police.psu.edu.




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