The Kansas Board of Regents recently granted the university permission to add Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas to the university’s Gorilla Advantage program. Beginning in fall 2011, the program allows qualified students in border counties to attend PSU at in-state rates.

In its proposal to expand Gorilla Advantage into northwest Arkansas, PSU pointed out that large high schools in those counties are actually much closer than some of the university’s large feeder schools in the Kansas City, Wichita and Tulsa areas.

“Pittsburg State has a number of highly ranked programs that are not available at any other university in the region, and would be beneficial to students in these fast-growing counties,” said President Steve Scott.

“We’re eager to make those available to Arkansas students.”