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Penn State Altoona

Altoona, Pennsylvania

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Penn State Altoona overview
Location Altoona, Pennsylvania
Online psu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Penn State Altoona overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Penn State Altoona, located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, is a public institution established in 1939 as an extension campus of the Pennsylvania State University. This undergraduate college features a suburban setting approximately 45 minutes from State College and two hours east of Pittsburgh. Penn State Altoona offers more than 40 degree programs, with particular strengths in engineering, business, nursing, and criminal justice. The campus is home to modern facilities, including the Sheetz Family Health Center and the Ivyside Science Building. Penn State Altoona's admissions process is moderately selective. Housing is available for students in on-campus residence halls, such as Cedar and Spruce Halls, which include Living Learning Communities to enhance educational experiences. While Penn State Altoona does not have an extensive focus on athletics, it supports a range of Division III sports teams known as the Altoona Lions.

In the most recent statistical year 7,523 prospective students applied, and 7,204 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 905 enrolled in the school.  2,499 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 78 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $15,388 plus fees of $516. Penn State Altoona is ranked 584 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Penn State Altoona is rated within the top 50% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Penn State Altoona overview
SAT 1050/1250
ACT 21/28
Estimated GPA 3.4

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Penn State Altoona
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$516
Room and Board $12,984
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$35,516

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Penn State Altoona
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$516
Room and Board $12,984
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$45,982

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$55,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

65% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Penn State Altoona students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 19%
Business 17%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 13%
Engineering 7%
Education 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=214689 IPEDS survey data for Penn State Altoona.

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