Penn State's Department of Animal Science to Host Open House for Prospective Students

Posted: October 7, 2012

High school seniors are invited to attend an Open House for prospective students at the University Park campus on October 24-25.

High school seniors are invited to attend a Prospective Student Open House hosted by Penn State's Department of Animal Science on Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25 at the University Park campus. The event is open to any high school senior considering continuing his/her education at Penn State in the Animal Sciences major.

Co-hosting the event will be the Block & Bridle Club, Dairy Science Club, Poultry Science Club, Penn State Equine Research Team (PSERT), Collegiate Horsemen at Penn State (CHAPS) and Small and Exotic Animal Club (SEAC).

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Our annual Open House is a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to visit the University Park campus and gain an in-depth perspective of our undergraduate program in Animal Science. There also is the unique chance to meet and interact with both student leaders and faculty, and learn more about the University admission process and the college experience."

Students will be welcomed to campus by student club members and advisors with a pizza party at the Snider Ag Arena on Wednesday evening, where they will meet other prospective students and undergraduates who will be hosting them. Students will be paired with a responsible student, and will stay overnight in on-campus housing. There is no cost to participants, with all meals being provided, including one lunch in the dining commons. 

Thursday's full day of activities include attending a class, touring the campus and department farms, and learning about the range of courses offered in the Animal Sciences major. The program concludes at 4:00 p.m. after a visit to the Penn State Creamery.

Jana Peters, Animal Sciences Advising Coordinator, said, "This is an excellent way for high school seniors to learn about the animal science major directly from both faculty and students. Most who have participated in the past have found it to be helpful in making their decisions about college.

Registration is required by October 17 to allow for assignment with student hosts. A form is available at:

Forms may be mailed to Animal Sciences Program, attn: Jana Peters, 324 Henning Building, University Park, PA 16802 or faxed to 814-863-6042. Registration information also may be emailed to Students may specify an area of interest - animal management, agribusiness or science/pre-vet/research, and an animal species interest - companion, dairy, poultry, equine, livestock or wildlife.

Anyone with questions about the open house or about the Animal Sciences major may call 814-865-7638.

      Deadline for registration is October 17, 2012.