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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
Penn State Altoona is a 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 Electrical Engineering, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 64% of students, Penn State Altoona alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,600.
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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,337/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,236/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,568/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,361/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,617/ year
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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.56 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,374Undergrads
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 39 responses
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  • Eager to succeed and make a name of their own
    62%
  • Basic
    15%
  • Studious
    10%
  • It all depends on every persons action.
    5%
  • Unique
    5%
  • Rude, Ratchet, nasty
    3%

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.72 responses
Poll
43%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.87 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Good grades and good times
    28%
  • Its what you make it
    21%
  • All for one and one for all
    15%
  • WeAre
    10%
  • Opportunistic
    8%
  • Family
    5%
  • Service before self
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,500/ 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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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.
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Penn State Altoona is a good campus for schooling, however I feel as if many things can and should be changed. The campus is very open, meaning that non-students can freely walk on campus and enter the buildings with no problem. Being that this school is a Predominantly White Institution, there should be a great amount of diversity, but they lack that factor. I come from living in big city and I am still trying to transition into the lifestyle and this is my second year. Academically, there should be more options with classes and more extracurricular actives for students to be involved.
The overall experience of Penn State Altoona is what you make of it. Putting yourself out there is the best thing you could do! I did not hold back on what I am interested in and joined the Society of Women Engineers, when none of my friends were interested. I met even more people through the organization. I like going to watch all the sporting events and everyone is always very engaged!