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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
Penn State Altoona is an above-average public college located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,374 undergraduate students. The Penn State Altoona acceptance rate is 92%. Popular majors include Nursing, Electrical Engineering, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 64% of students, Penn State Altoona alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,100.
About Penn State Altoona...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Address
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
Branch of
Penn State

Penn State Altoona Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
92%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1000-1180
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$21,469/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,966/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,374Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
108
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
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  • Eager to succeed and make a name of their own
    57%
  • Basic
    14%
  • Studious
    9%
  • It all depends on every persons action.
    7%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.77 responses
Poll
43%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Good grades and good times
    25%
  • Its what you make it
    18%
  • All for one and one for all
    14%
  • WeAre
    14%
  • Opportunistic
    9%
  • Family
    7%
  • Service before self
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.41 responses
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Penn State Altoona felt like home from day one, from walking on campus during my first tour at Penn State Altoona to leaving after finals week in the spring. The campus is beautiful with the huge pond in the center of campus and landscaping during every season of the year. Not to mention if you're an animal lover, there are plenty of ducks around campus that I guarantee you will see walking between every class. The students are very kind and everyone treats you with respect, including the professors. The teachers are very understanding and will give you the attention that larger campus professors wouldn't. If you are looking for a relaxing and smaller campus Penn State Altoona is definitely the school for you!
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As an (almost) graduated student from the Penn State Altoona campus, I can say I have truly enjoyed every opportunity I have had here. Originally, I wanted to transfer up to University Park, but fell in love with PSUA's community, and gorgeous campus! I love that it's personal here- I get to know my professors very well and have many awesome opportunities to become a leader on and off campus.
I have enjoyed my time at Pennsylvania State Altoona considerably so far. A lot of the teachers are lovely and genuinely care about their students. The math department here is quite tricky, and the calculus classes are remarkably difficult. The small campus is an excellent introduction to college and will help prepare students for the workload of college.