824 reviews
  1. Altoona, PA
  2. 4 Year
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
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
Penn State Altoona is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Address
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
Branch of
Penn State

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
88%
SAT Scores Range
900-1100
ACT Scores Range
19-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Penn State Altoona

Cost

Net Price
$21,065/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,106/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,163/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,077/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,854/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,897/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,725Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Eager to succeed and make a name of their own
    61%
  • Basic
    17%
  • Studious
    11%
  • Unique
    6%
  • It all depends on every persons action.
    3%
  • Rude, Ratchet, nasty
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.69 responses
Poll
40%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Good grades and good times
    25%
  • Its what you make it
    22%
  • All for one and one for all
    17%
  • WeAre
    11%
  • Opportunistic
    8%
  • Family
    6%
  • Service before self
    6%

After Penn State Altoona

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
47%
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

Penn State Altoona Reviews

824 reviews
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When I applied to Penn State University, I really had my heart set on going to Penn State Main Campus. I got accepted into Penn State, Altoona, and I was a little disappointed at first. After going to Altoona for 1.5 years, I can say that I love it! The small campus makes it really easy to get around. My class sizes are pretty small, and I am able to get to know my professors and other class mates a lot easier. I was able to get Penn State football tickets, and I would drive up to all of the home football game with my friends. It was the best of both worlds. I got to enjoy large campus life by going to home football games, yet I got to enjoy the benefits of being on a small campus. Since my dream is to go to Penn State, Main, I am still going to transfer to Penn State Main Campus for my last two years, however, I am very impressed with Penn State, Altoona, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Most of this college is very nice. It is a beautiful campus. Most of the teachers are very nice. Some are not so much. I guess you will have that anywhere you go. You cannot just look up your current GPA (which is extremely difficult when you need to maintain a certain GPA), and some teachers don't even bother updating the grade book. It is a small enough campus that even though some parties go on (hey, it's college), there is never enough to be distracted from. You never hear of anyone getting hurt. The main buildings are close by, you are mainly in walking distance from class to class, although some classes are further downtown. The food here is not bad, either. Overall, it is a very nice school.
Penn State Altoona is a beautiful campus. Everything is walking distance, the professors are great and the social life is amazing!