LIVING ON CAMPUS
Living on campus at Penn State Mont Alto makes you part of a close-knit community where you
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can form life-long friendships with fellow students, faculty, and staff. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of being just steps away from classes, recreational areas, dining services, and on-campus parking.
As an on-campus resident, you can easily take advantage of nearby recreational areas, including athletic fields and basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball courts. We are proud to offer eleven varsity sports teams, and seven intramural programs for team and individual sports, as well as three club sports. The campus also boasts clubs and organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA), Thon, and the Forestry Club. Plus, the campus often features dances, movies, and guest speakers. There are also numerous employment opportunities available on campus. Imagine— all this, right in your on-campus neighborhood.
• Only 20 minutes from Interstate 81 • One hour from Harrisburg • Two hours from Washington, DC • Two hours from Penn State University Park Where to find us: Penn State Mont Alto Housing and Food Services 106 Campus Drive Mont Alto, PA 17237-9703
“You’ll grow as a person.”
The Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life staff is committed to providing you with an environment that is safe, secure, comfortable, and conducive to academic success. We understand the college experience should foster personal and social development as well. With that in mind, we promote a concept of community in which each student is responsible for respecting their neighbors’ rights. Within this framework, the student’s right to choose his or her own lifestyle is supported. Penn State Mont Alto provides three on-campus residence halls for students. Mont Alto Hall houses two students per room and has one common bathroom on each wing. Penn Gate I and II offer suite style living that accommodates four students per suite with a shared bathroom.
For Ciara Ross, living on campus at Penn State Mont Alto provided her the complete college experience. “I have had so many experiences I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t live on campus,” says Ciara. “You’ll grow as a person.” Ciara, who participates in THON and is a Lion Ambassador, loves meeting new friends and spending time with them outside of class. “We’ll go to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner, go bowling, or even on a hike,” she says. “Being able to do a lot activities on and off campus is really cool.” Ciara is looking forward to becoming a Resident
Assistant (RA), something she pursued thanks to having an outstanding RA during her first year. “My
• Expanded cable television service
RA helped me out a lot,” says Ciara. “I had so many
• High-speed internet connections and WiFi
questions and he answered all of them with a smile. I
• Secure keyless entry • Microwave/refrigerator unit • Free parking
want to be that for someone else.”
Our residence halls are routinely inspected and comply with safety regulations. The buildings are equipped with a modern fire safety system, including sprinklers. Penn State prohibits smoking in classrooms, administrative buildings, eating establishments, sports facilities, and residence areas.
Special Living Options The Discover House is a Special Living Option created for first-year students who are investigating majors. In Discover House students can explore their interests and – with the help of the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and Residence Life – find the best academic and career option for them.
“I can wake up later…”
Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Housing accommodations are available if you require special assistance. Contact the Housing and Foods Service office at 717-749-6081 to discuss the available options.
Residence Hall Safety & Security
Living on campus at Penn State Mont Alto was an easy
Every residence area has live-in professional
up later and not worry about driving in bad weather or
staff responsible for ensuring a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment. University Police
decision for Aaron McFarland. He knew he would benefit not only academically, but socially too. “Home is about 45 minutes away,” Aaron says. “I can wake missing class.”
officers are also available to address specific safety
Aaron, an IST major, also finds he has more time
concerns. All residence area buildings are locked
in his day for other things since he doesn’t have to
24 hours a day and residents use their Penn State
commute. “It only takes five minutes to walk anywhere
id+ Cards to enter. Room doors are equipped with an
on campus,” Aaron says. “It’s easier to get extra help
ID card reader and keypad. Closed-circuit cameras
outside of class, work on homework with your friends,
monitor the building entrances.
and meet new people.”
Campus Meal Plan
Food for Thought
The Housing Contract features the convenience of the
The Mill Café, a full-scale food court, is located just
Campus Meal Plan. Dining dollars are deposited into
a few steps from your residence area. The Mill offers
a declining balance account and are accessed by the
an extensive menu, including grilled specialties,
Penn State id+ Card. Simply present your id+ card to
fresh pasta, soups and sandwiches, hearty entrées,
the cashier and the purchase amount will be deducted
pizza, daily specials, and convenient grab ‘n go items.
from the account.
All menu items are prepared by our food service
The meal plan has two components— base cost and dining dollars. The base cost covers all non-food costs for operating food services, such as labor, supplies, maintenance, and utilities. Dining dollars are used to make purchases at on-campus food service facilities.
professionals and are available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late evening snacks.
“Being close to everything is nice.”
All menu items have a cash price that includes both the food costs and the base cost of operation. Since meal plan members pay this base cost up front, on campus dining purchases are significantly discounted with each visit. Meal plan members receive 65 percent off the cash price of prepared food purchases. For certain items, such as prepackaged vendor items, no discount is given. For Eric Pino, living on campus at Penn State Mont Alto has given him everything he needs to have a
great college experience. “It’s a great way to get to know everyone,” Eric says. “You have easy access to
The meal plan offers three level options, with varying
the library, computer labs and study areas, and it’s
dining dollar amounts available to purchase meals.
just a short walk to Millstream Café.”
Meal plan levels can be adjusted until seven days before the end of the semester by visiting
Eric credits living on campus in helping him learn to
eLiving.psu.edu, or funds can be added online by
be on his own. “I am getting to make my own decisions
visiting idcard.psu.edu or with cash/check/MasterCard/
and plan my own schedule,” he says. “It’s definitely
Visa at the cashier station in any Penn State Food
a responsibility, but if you want to get that feeling of
Benefits of the Campus Meal Plan
living on your own, then living on campus is great.” Living on campus also lets Eric be actively involved
• Access to the account at any dining facility operated
in student life. He is a Lion Ambassador, participates
by Penn State Housing and Food Services
in THON, plays for the soccer team, and was Varsity
• Easy, cash-free spending with the id+ Card
Club president. “Some of my favorite memories
• 65 percent discount for members
involve events I have taken part in outside of class,” says Eric. “Being close to everything is nice.”
Getting the Plan The Commuter Meal Plan can be purchased at eLiving.psu.edu and charged directly to your Bursar Account. The plan can be added to your semester bill only until your bill is generated by the Bursar. Fall bills are prepared beginning in mid-July and spring bills in early November. Refer to bursar.psu.edu/paybill.cfm for more information regarding your bill.
Missed a Due Date? Penn State Commuter Meal Plan The Commuter Meal Plan is designed specifically for students who live off campus. All the delicious food and healthy choices your residence hall friends enjoy can be yours too.
Here’s how it works: • Two levels to choose from • Charge it to your Bursar Account • 10 percent discount on Food Services prepared items at on-campus locations • Accessed conveniently with your Penn State id+ Card • Available for the fall and spring semesters
LionCash+ shares the same benefits as the Commuter Meal Plan. It can be used for both on- and off-campus purchases. Visit idcard.psu.edu/ lioncash for more information.
LionCash+ LionCash+ is an online, prepaid flexible spending
accepted on campus at the Penn State Bookstore
account accessed with the Penn State id+ Card.
and The Mill CafĂŠ, as well as at other Penn State
Just deposit money into your account and enjoy
campuses and select off-campus merchants. To learn
the convenience of making cash-free purchases
more and view the complete list of participating
at participating locations. LionCash+ is also the
merchants, visit idcard.psu.edu.
method used to pay for on-campus laundry. Funds can be added at any time, and family and friends can make deposits at idcard.psu.edu.
Special Delivery A perfect surprise for any occasion, Housing and
LionCash+ also complements the Campus Meal Plan.
Food Services offer the Special Delivery program,
If you run out of dining dollars, on-campus dining
allowing parents and family members to purchase
registers will automatically default to your LionCash+
treats such as decorated cakes, fruit baskets, pizza,
account. If there are enough to cover the purchase,
and more for their special Penn State student.
funds will be withdrawn from the LionCash+ account
Available online at hfs.psu.edu/special-delivery.
and processed at the meal plan rate. LionCash+ is
The Housing Process First-year students accept their offer of admission by logging on to MyPennState using their Friends of Penn State (FPS) account. You’ll be able to see if on-
“Living on campus has given me a sense of community.”
campus housing is available at that time. If housing is available, you must accept the offer of admission and pay a $230 non-refundable general deposit fee as well as a $100 non-refundable housing reservation fee, for a total of $330. Then you must agree to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the Housing Contract and the housing and financial statements. After completing those steps, you’ll have successfully accepted your offer of admission and the Housing Contract. A confirmation email will be sent to the address on file. The Campus Meal Plan will automatically be defaulted to level three; to modify the meal plan level or add housing preferences (building, roommate, etc.), log on to eLiving using your FPS account. You can change your preferences until May 1.
For Jackie Costa, living on campus at Penn State Mont Alto makes getting involved in extra-curricular activities easy. “The best thing is being involved with
Please note, housing fills quickly — even though
THON,” says Jackie. “I think living on campus has
you have until May 15 to accept the offer of
given me opportunities to really get involved and
admission, housing can be full by late winter.
meet new people. I definitely hear from commuters
Unfortunately, we’re not able to accommodate all
that they wish they could get more involved.”
students who want to live on campus.
Jackie is a Lion Ambassador, a THON captain, and
If housing is full when you accept your offer of
holds a senate position with the Student Government
admission, you have other options. These may
Association (SGA). “Living on campus allows me
include adding your name to the Waitlist (although
greater accessibility to get involved,” says Jackie.
adding your name does not guarantee an offer will
“For me, it’s easy to leave my dorm and be at a
be made), seeking off-campus housing, or changing
meeting in five minutes.”
to another Penn State campus that still has housing available.
Jackie also enjoys the social benefits of being an on-campus resident. “Living on campus has given me a sense of community,” says Jackie. “I remember on my second night here, we already had a group of girls hanging out in my room and having fun. I feel like I was given that opportunity because I lived in residence halls.”
Penn State Living Contact Information Housing and Food Services
Penn State Mont Alto
106 Campus Drive Mont Alto PA 17237-9703 717-749-6080 – Food Services 717-749-6081 – Housing
montaltocampusliving.psu.edu facebook.com/psmahfs Penn State Mont Alto montalto.psu.edu
Admissions & Student Aid 717-749-6130 or
admissions.psu.edu psuMA@psu.edu Academic Advising 717-749-6056 Bursar 717-749-6180
eLiving eLiving.psu.edu LionPATH lionpath.psu.edu Friends of Penn State (access account information)
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