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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

Prospective First-Year Students
Prospective First-Year Students

Beginning your college search? Thinking about Penn State Altoona? If you are a high school student or someone with fewer than 18 college credits, we recommend you attend one of these programs just for you.

Accepted First-Year Students
Accepted First-Year Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn State Altoona! We have programs just for you to learn more about your next steps to becoming a Nittany Lion!

Transfer Students
Transfer Students

These sessions are for both prospective transfer students and transfer students with an offer of admission to Penn State Altoona. Transfer students must have already graduated from high school or completed a GED and completed 18 or more credits of college course work (post high school graduation/GED) before starting at Penn State.

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).

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.

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. 

Change of Campus (2+2) Students
Change of Campus (2+2) Students

Are you a current Penn State student enrolled at another Penn State campus interested in transitioning to Penn State Altoona? You’ll follow the change-of-campus process. 

Visit the Registrar’s Office page at for more information.

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

If you are a former Penn State student enrolled in degree status and are interested in returning to the University, you will follow the re-enrollment procedure. 

Call Penn State Altoona's Registrar's Office at 814-949-5035 for assistance.

View All Events
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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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 than 275 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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