Campus Altoona

Campus Altoona

Penn State Altoona’s 171.5-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.

Campus Facts


University-operated housing is available for 900 students; Privately owned housing is also available close to campus.


3,250 attend classes here.


Student to teacher ratio of 15:1

Clubs & Organizations

80 Clubs & Organizations


Penn State Altoona offers 19 baccalaureate degrees and 5 associate degrees that can be completed in their entirety at Penn State Altoona. Nearly all of Penn State's more than 275 baccalaureate programs may be started at Penn State Altoona as part of the 2+2 Plan.


NCAA Division III

Upcoming Events

Please visit the Penn State World Campus Calendar to view upcoming webinar events.

Campus Majors

Penn State offers more than 275 majors, with four-year degrees offered at all 20 of our undergraduate campuses.

2+2 Plan

Starting a program at a Commonwealth Campus and completing at University Park. The most common path to a Penn State degree.