York College of Pennsylvania (visited 1/25/12)
I had been curious about this school for several years because it had started becoming a more popular option among my students. It felt very much like a typical college campus – a main “quad” sort of area, lots of brick buildings, a fountain. Students were everywhere; they were happy and interacting with each other. This is a comfortable-feeling campus. The school has been expanding, so there is a Main campus (the original part) and West Campus which holds the gym, the nursing program, several new dorms, and a lot of parking. Freshman can have cars on campus, and parking passes are only $60 a year. The one thing that my tour guide said she would change about campus was the parking situation; parking can be found, but it’s not convenient. People usually have to park far away from dorms. Shuttles do run frequently between the two sides of campus, however.
Some of the unusual majors that stood out for me were Supply Chain Management (in the Business Department), Sports Medicine, Forensic Chemistry, and the nursing program which students can enter directly as freshman. Business is their largest major, and they are working on a new building now which is scheduled to open in 2013 which will have a stock ticker. Engineering is also very popular, and there are several types to choose from; mechanical is probably the most popular, but the others such as electrical engineering hold their own. They even have Engineering Management.
There is no fee to apply. Admissions is rolling with decisions provided within 4-6 weeks. Recommendations and essays are not required but will be looked at if they are sent. Either the SAT or the ACT w/ writing will be accepted, and they do super-score. Some departments have specific admissions criteria. For nursing, students need a 1040/1600 SAT or 22 ACT score and be in the top 40% of the class; engineering students need a 600 Math SAT score; Forensic Chemistry students need a 540 Math SAT score; Biology, Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine need a 970 SAT or 21 ACT.