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Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601-3760

Phone: +1 814-949-5466

Campus Facts

Penn State Altoona Facts


University-operated housing is available for 900 students; privately owned off-campus housing within walking distance of campus is also available.


3,903 students

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.

Visit Penn State Altoona

All Students
All Students

These events are open to any student who is interested in Penn State Altoona, regardless of application status or applicant type (first-year or transfer).

Accepted First-Year Students
Accepted First-Year Students

High school students who have received an offer of admission to Penn State Altoona.

There are currently no accepted students events scheduled.

Prospective First-Year Students
Prospective First-Year Students

High school students and others with fewer than 18 college credits who are interested in Penn State Altoona. 

There are currently no prospective student events scheduled.

Adult Learners/Veterans
Adult Learners/Veterans

Penn State considers prospective students who meet one or more of the following criteria to be adult learners:

  • 24 years of age or older, or
  • a veteran or active duty in the armed services, or
  • 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 exploring higher education options often have unique educational backgrounds that are best evaluated through a personal interview. Adult learners should contact the Adult Center at 814-949-5535 to schedule an appointment with the adult counselor. After evaluating your goals and interests, the counselor will refer you to appropriate departments to take the next steps toward enrollment. 

Invitation Only
Invitation Only

Some events are open by invitation only.   

If you receive an invitation to a Penn State Altoona event, please refer to your invitation for registration information.

Change of Campus (2+2) Students
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  

Re-enrollment/Returning Students
Re-enrollment/Returning Students

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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View all Altoona events and visit programs
Space may be limited. Please register in advance to reserve your seat.

Virtual Tour


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Each Penn State campus has its own unique personality and character. Get to know the Altoona campus by taking a virtual tour.


Academic Information

Campus Majors
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.
Campus Major Listings
2+2 Plan:
Penn State Altoona offers the first two years of nearly all of Penn State's more that 160 baccalaureate programs that can be completed at Penn State University Park or other Penn State campus locations.
Penn State Major Listings

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