Penn State Altoona
University-operated housing is available for 900 students; privately owned off-campus housing within walking distance of campus is also available.
- NCAA Division III
- Varsity Sports:
- Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball
Penn State Altoona
Penn State Altoona’s 150-acre campus is nestled in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania, two hours east of Pittsburgh, two hours north of Harrisburg, and an hour west of State College, home to Penn State’s University Park campus.
The campus offers students the appeal of a small, private college with the name recognition of a major research university. From the moment students arrive on campus, they notice something special about Penn State Altoona. It might be the groves of mature shade trees that greet them as they walk across campus or the beautiful reflecting pond with the student center at one end and a picturesque all-faiths chapel at the other. These special touches have drawn a diverse student body, including international students who have access to special services to meet their needs.
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Prospective First-Year Students
Prospective first-year students are those who earned or will earn a high school diploma or equivalent and, following graduation, attempt fewer than 18 college credits before enrolling at Penn State. This also includes those who applied for admission but have not received a decision. Another group of prospective students are those who received an offer of admission to another Penn State campus and now have an interest in Penn State Altoona.
Prospective Transfer Students
Prospective transfer students are those who, before enrolling at Penn State, attempt 18 or more college credits following high school graduation or its equivalent and are interested in transferring to Penn State. This also includes those who applied for admission but have not received a decision.
Transfer students should call the Office of Admissions at 814-949-5466 to schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor to learn more about the transfer admission process.
Penn State considers prospective students who meet one or more criteria to be adult learners. The criteria includes being 24 years of age or older, a veteran of active duty in the armed services, returning to school after an absence of more than four years, or holding adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, care giver or employee.
Adult learners should call the Office of Admissions at 814-949-5466 to schedule a day or evening appointment with an admissions counselor to discuss your admission options.
Accepted First-Year Students
First year students, before enrolling at Penn State, have attempted fewer than 18 college credits following high school graduation, and have received or accepted an offer of admission to Penn State Altoona.
Accepted Transfer Students
Transfer students, before enrolling at Penn State, have attempted 18 or more college credits following high school graduation and have received or accepted an offer of admission to Penn State Altoona.
Call the Office of Admissions at 814-949-5466 to speak wtih an admissions counselor if you have questions about your transfer admission.
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Change of Campus (2+2) Students
Current Penn State students enrolled at another Penn State campus who are interested in transitioning to Penn State Altoona will follow the change-of-campus process.
Additional information is available on the Registrar's Office home page at www.altoona.psu.edu/registrar.
Former Penn State students who were enrolled in degree status and who are interested in returning to the University will follow the re-enrollment procedure.
Call Penn State Altoona's Registrar's Office at 814-949-5035 for assistance.
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- Majors Completed at Penn State Altoona:
- Penn State Altoona offers 20 baccalaureate degrees and 8 associate degrees that can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Altoona.
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