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
    C+
  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

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
89%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
900-1110
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$22,383/ 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
    $18,938/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,762/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,115/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,907/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,611/ year

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.54 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,353Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Eager to succeed and make a name of their own
    62%
  • Basic
    16%
  • Studious
    11%
  • Unique
    5%
  • It all depends on every persons action.
    3%
  • Rude, Ratchet, nasty
    3%
  • Diverse
    0%

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.70 responses
Poll
41%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Good grades and good times
    27%
  • Its what you make it
    22%
  • All for one and one for all
    16%
  • WeAre
    11%
  • Opportunistic
    8%
  • Family
    5%
  • Service before self
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
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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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!
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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.
Going to Penn State is amazing, no matter what branch campus you are at or even if you are at Main, you get a Penn State degree and that is an amazing thing! As a business major I am downtown and I just love how the buildings are it makes it very easy for me to go to all my classes and see my professors in the same building.