Penn State Altoona

3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, United States
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Overview of Penn State Altoona

About this school

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, founded in 1939, is a public, coeducational university. Its 92-acre campus is located in Altoona.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:3,482
    • Men:1,915 (55.0%)
    • Women:1,567 (45.0%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Penn State Altoona is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
3
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
Not reported

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
3000 Ivyside Park
City, State, Zip
Altoona, PA  16601
Phone
(814) 949-5466
Fax
(814) 949-5011
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
92% of 5,430 applicants were admitted
Women
93% of 2,699 applicants were admitted
Men
91% of 2,731 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,904 (38%) of 5,009 admitted students enrolled
Women
822 (33%) of 2,515 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,082 (43%) of 2,494 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.13
375 And Above
3%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
32%
2.00 - 2.49
9%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
500-590 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
7%
• Score 600 - 700
17%
• Score 500 - 600
51%
• Score 400 - 500
22%
• Score 300 - 400
2%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
500-590 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
2%
• Score 600 - 700
22%
• Score 500 - 600
53%
• Score 400 - 500
23%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
21-26 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
5%
• Score 24 - 29
41%
• Score 18 - 23
50%
• Score 12 - 17
4%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $15,190|Out-of-state: $23,692
  • Room & Board: - $11,280 (62.9886084431539%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,840 (10.27473754746482%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $4,788 (26.736654009381283%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Penn State Altoona accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003329
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
968 (81.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
779 (80.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
758 (97.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
196 (25.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$9,941
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 386 (50.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,267
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 621 (81.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,503
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 557 (73.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
101 (8.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,654

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,656 (80.0%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
2,236 (84.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,168 (97.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
511 (23.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
63%
Average Award
$9,995
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,071 (49.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,479
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,855 (85.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,124
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,433 (66.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
219 (6.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,299

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
77%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$41,629
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Not reported

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Not reported

Computer


Not reported

Foreign Language


Not reported

Math/Science


Not reported

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


196

Part-Time Faculty


92

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


44%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 13% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 31% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 33% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 5% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 6% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 24% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 52% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 24% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Sophomore Standing


Not reported

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Not reported

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Penn State Altoona provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


82.2%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


44.3%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


62.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


65.2%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (120)


  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Adult and Continuing Education Administration
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Food Science
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • Forest Sciences and Biology
  • Forest Technology/Technician
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other
  • Horticultural Science
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Not reported

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Independent study

Study Abroad


Engineering, Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


46,148

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
-
Rain
-

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
-
Nearest Bus Station
-
Nearest Train Station
-

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


27% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


73%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Not available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Not reported

Personal Counseling


Not offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
-
School Colors
-

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, baseball, basketball, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, weight lifting

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Penn State Altoona offers not Reported

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


3,374

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
3,482
Women
1,567
Men
1,915

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 3.4% Asian
  • 6.1% Black/African-American
  • 5.9% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 80.3% White
  • 1.2% Unknown

International Students


7.4%

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


Not reported

Student Resources

Study resources