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.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.61 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.77 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.92 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.41 responses
Penn State Altoona Reviews
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!
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.