About Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona

Founded in 1939, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona. is a Public college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 3,491 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 198 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate89%
Application Deadline
Application Fee65
SAT Range900-1110
ACT Range20-24

Admissions at PSU-AA are considered Less Selective, with ,24% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 23 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

74% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 25% were in the top quarter, and 5% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona.

8%
“We”re apathetic”
50%
“We know about current events and vote”
42%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
8%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
46%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
46%
“I feel extremely safe”
32%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
4%
“We bought the gear”
64%
“We live for the big game”
15%
“It”s not really our thing”
19%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
12%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
54%
“They keep regular office hours”
42%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
65%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
31%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
12%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
42%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
12%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
46%
“There might be people who do”
35%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
8%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
8%
“We”re apathetic”
50%
“We know about current events and vote”
42%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
8%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
46%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
19%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
50%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
46%
“I feel extremely safe”
32%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
4%
“We bought the gear”
64%
“We live for the big game”
15%
“It”s not really our thing”
19%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
12%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
54%
“They keep regular office hours”
42%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
65%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
31%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
12%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
31%
“We only party on weekends”
42%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
12%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
46%
“There might be people who do”
35%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
8%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    56 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    63 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    72 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    78 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    79 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    78 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    78 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    78 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona?

31 Students rated Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona

Meriam - 11/03/2020

It is a very good school! You can always do 2+2 and all if you want to transfer from their other campus to finish at main, but make sure you know what path you want to take. And also the teachers are very good and just everything for you to have a successful 4 years.

Imani

The Pennsylvania State University at Altoona is a wonderful university if you're looking for a small college feeling while still receiving the Penn State experience. The university is only forty minutes away from the main campus and is set in a quaint homelike town.

Carli

After attending Penn State Altoona, I can say that I took advantage of my surroundings & learned so much along the way. The small size of PSUA was awesome. It allowed me to get close with my professors and classmates. That being said, I never felt awkward asking a question during lecture or going to office hours. The fact that PSUA is so close to Main Campus was also a great plus for me. I bought season tickets to the Penn State football games both years I attended PSUA. This is a great two year campus, that truly prepared me for my next two years at Main Campus!

Skye

Overall I think that Pennsylvania State University Altoona is an okay University. This campus is filled with mediocre professors. There are too many professors that are recommended to not be taken because the class is just that hard because the professor does not know how to teach.

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona is 89%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Don't blow off homework assignments if you know they won't be graded. Ignoring homework will make things harder to remember and bring the class grade down. Also, study more than you did. Tests are different than what you are used to.

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  3. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The kind of person who doesn't really want to be in college or just wants to party should not attend this school.

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  4. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my scool is the fact that it is so expensive. I get a really good education but it is hard to focus when your trying to pay for school.

    Read all  18 answers
  5. What's unique about your campus?

    The smaller sized classes and overall size of the campus.

    Read all  16 answers
  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Small enough to make you still feel at home, but also get the college experience.

    Read all  15 answers
  7. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The school spirit.Penn State will always be PENN STATE no matter what campus you go to.

    Read all  15 answers
  8. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are energetic, enthusiastic, ambitous and full of life.

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  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That the transition to college is not as easy as you may think. There are an unlimited number of factors that a new student has no concept or understanding of until they enter college life. In addition, be open and objective to new ideas and thoughts. Lastly, its alright to say NO! Dont do what anything that makes you uncomfortable or uneasy. The partying is fun, but it is a very bad habbit to break. Class always comes first, becuase thats the point of college, its not for anyone else, be selfish, its your future, and your future alone.

    Read all  14 answers
  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There are not a lot of study spaces avaliable that provide tables where we can spread out our materials. Also, the drinking. A lot of social gatherings involve alcohol and I do not care to join any of that.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Penn State Altoona is very unique considering it is a very nice branch campus to Penn State University and it offers many two and four year programs to its students. I also feel that this college is very involved with the student body and prides itself on acedemic integrity as well as putting the students needs and desires first. The professors will go out of their way for any student and as long as they ask for help they will recieve it. The one thing that I really enjoy is how easy it was to transition here into college life.

    Read all  9 answers
  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who welcomes diversity. Everyone on the campus is different and unique. Also, someone who is willing to work hard but have fun while doing it. The person should want their professors to know who they are.

    Read all  9 answers
  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My university is best known for our football team and campus parties and on a slightly smaller scale to quality of teaching.

    Read all  6 answers

Student Body

Students

45%

female

55%

male

3,491

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

17%

Out-Of-State

72%

In-State

11%

International

Organizations

N/A

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

22%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
7%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
75%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

83% of students attending Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona receive some sort of financial aid. 29% were awarded federal grants. While 68% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$22,834

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,840

Books and Supplies

$11,230

Room and Board

35,904

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$18,938
$30 - $48K
$19,762
$48 - $75K
$23,115
$75 - $110K
$26,907
$110K & UP
$28,611

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