Meet Current Students

Meet some of the Golden Bear community to find out about the opportunities and experiences provided by KU!

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  • Megan Hanaway - Forked River, NJ - ELEMENTARY EDUCATION/Pre-K - 4, PSYCHOLOGY MINOR

    I absolutely love KU! The community atmosphere all around campus is so welcoming, supportive, and caring. Aside from the community, I love the 24/7 unlimited dining, which is completely unique to Kutztown.

    The Elementary Education Department is extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, thoughtful, and immersive. The quality of education that I have received is stellar and I have formed lasting connections with all of my professors.

    My advice to prospective students is that it’s okay to be homesick - college isn’t easy! It takes a while to get adjusted to college life so go easy on yourself and take some “me” time!

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  • Katherine Nolan - West Grove, PA - MARKETING

    I love KU because of the atmosphere and diversity. I have met many different people and the vibes are amazing. On a bright, sunny day, everyone goes outside and plays games on DMZ, or lays out on a blanket. Also, I really enjoy being a student athlete and received many athletic opportunities. 

    My favorite thing about this school is the people. It is so easy to make friends here and everyone is very friendly. My favorite spot to hang out with friends is the South Dining Hall. There are so many things to do like play pool, get a soft serve ice cream cone, or just relax. They also have many events throughout the year! 

    I am a marketing major, and the best part of having this major is the flexible schedule. The way my classes are scheduled, I get my classes done in the morning then have the rest of my day to study and go to practice. Plus, I still have plenty of time with my friends. I also have made many connections to professors, other students, and my great advisor. 

    My advice to prospective students is to be yourself and be open minded to change. 

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  • Evan Santos - Blandon, PA - PUBLIC RELATIONS and CINEMA, MEDIA,& TELEVISION PRODUCTION

    Three reasons I love KU are the people, the opportunities, and the welcoming atmosphere. One of my favorite things is when I'm on a tour and students walking by (that I don't even know) say hi to me and the family I'm with. The people and atmosphere are great, and it is a place of endless opportunities! Calling Kutztown home is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    I encourage students to get involved on campus and to do it as early as possible. I have met so many great people and made so many great connections.  I highly recommend taking advantage of all of Kutztown's opportunities.  

    Currently, I work as a student assistant for the sports information department in addition to be an admissions tour guide. With sports information, I get hands-on experience in a field I may want to work in someday which is really nice. I also love being a tour guide.  I am also in the honors program where I am a peer mentor for incoming freshmen. 

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  • Deborah McKyer - Philadelphia, PA - SOCIAL WORK

    I fell in love with KU not only because of the campus scenery but also the community. I instantly felt the warm, welcoming vibe. This has helped me get involved on campus and opened doors of opportunities for me as well. KU also has a great social work program!

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  • Kylie DeVitis - Schwenksville, PA - SECONDARY EDUCATION/BIOLOGY

    I chose KU because it truly felt like home. The welcoming student atmosphere, dedicated faculty, and beautiful campus had me from the very start. What I love most about campus are all the opportunities for student involvement. Since my freshman year, I have been involved in the Honors Program, National Residence Hall Honorary.  I have joined Kutztown University Presidential Ambassadors and held on-campus jobs along the way. Working for Tutoring Services and Residence Life in addition to Admissions has connected me to so many resources and incredible individuals during my college career. I love that I am able to see a new face every day and connect with so many students and staff that make up our university. 

    My advice to incoming students is to get involved both within your major and in organizations that bring you joy. I love that I am able to do research with faculty that share the same excitement as me as well as work alongside my peers in student leadership. I am unbelievably happy that I chose KU and I could not be prouder to call this school my second home. 

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  • Zach Goodman - Shillington, PA - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    I chose KU because it was a close commute from home and the science classes are top-notch! What I love most about KU is the community and people I get to interact with every day. Being involved in Residence Life as a Community Assistant and Admissions as a Tour Guide, I get to meet new people every day! It's important to get involved to get the most out of your college experience! I love Kutztown! 

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  • Athena Garrison - Sussex, NJ - MUSIC EDUCATION

    KU is great for music education majors because of how prepared we will be when we leave college. I know before and after I receive my diploma, I will be knee-deep with connections across Pennsylvania (and even other states) that will help me prepare and achieve my goals throughout the years to come.  As a student, you get your money's worth of education, student life, and everything in between!

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  • Isaiah Rivas - Bethlehem, PA - SOCIAL WORK (minors in Case Management and Spanish)

    I choose Kutztown because there are so many ways you can get involved on campus here. I love this school; it was my first choice! This campus truly felt like home for me. Being a Golden Bear has given me opportunities not only socially but academically for me too.

    The Social Work and Spanish departments have been amazing and always guide me in the right direction. As a Golden Bear, I can work alongside great and amazing people who help me expand my horizons.  I currently work on campus for Residence Life, Admissions, Orientation, and Tutoring Services. There is something here for everyone at Kutztown University! I am grateful that I can call myself a Golden Bear!

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  • Kelli Shivers- East Stroudsburg, PA - PSYCHOLOGY

    I chose to come to KU because this campus is beautiful! Not only is the scenery super calming and serene, but the people I have met here have been life-changing. The atmosphere here at KU is so welcoming and accepting! I love that you can be exactly who you want to be and find yourself throughout your years here without judgment!

Brendan Davis in the arms of the golden bear statue
  • Brendan Davis- Pennsburg, PA - SECONDARY EDUCATION/SOCIAL STUDIES

    I chose KU for several reasons! For starters, the atmosphere on campus and in the surrounding community is amazing.  So many outstanding people in one place is truly something to marvel at. Additionally, the university has so many on-campus opportunities for student involvement! For example, KUMU (The Kutztown University Marching Unit) has been my home since the beginning of freshman year.  I love learning about all the amazing things the university has to offer to students and their families alike!