University-operated housing is available for 900 students; privately owned off-campus housing within walking distance of campus is also available.Students
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.
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.
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.
Penn State considers prospective students who meet one or more of the following criteria to be adult learners:
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.
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 www.altoona.psu.edu/registrar for more information.
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.