Pennsylvania State University – Penn State Altoona

3000 Ivyside Pk, Altoona, PA 16601-3777

About Pennsylvania State University – Penn State Altoona

Pennsylvania State University – Penn State Altoona is classified as a baccalaureate college with a diverse set of academic offerings. At least 10 percent of all undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor’s degrees. This mid-sized four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 3,000 to 9,999 students. Approximately half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and fewer than 25% of undergraduates reside on campus. This institution awards 60-79% percent of its bachelor’s degrees within professional fields. No graduate degrees are awarded in fields available to undergraduate majors. According to data for fall enrollment, this institution has a low transfer rate, and at least 80% of undergraduates are enrolled full-time. Fewer than 20% of entering students are undergrad transfer students. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution. Over 90% of the student body are enrolled as undergraduates.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate4,147
Student Age% Under 2590%
 % 25 and Over10%
 % Age Unknown0%
Attendance Type% Full-time94%
 % Part-time6%
Race/Ethnicity% White83.0%
 % Black5.7%
 % Asian2.1%
 % Latino3.3%
 % Native American0.1%
 % Race Unknown3.4%
 % International student1%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareNO
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus setting
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Art-Related Areas of StudyPerforming Arts
Art Degrees OfferedBachelors Degree
Distance Learning AvailableYes
Calendar SystemSemester

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted87%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled35%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingRecommended
 College Prep CoursesRecommended
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
 Admissions ExaminationRequired
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Required
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT4%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800540 / 800
 SAT Writing440 / 800540 / 800
 SAT Math460 / 800570 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite20 / 3624 / 36
 ACT English21 / 3625
 ACT Writing7 / 128 / 12
 ACT Math20 / 3625 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$50
 Graduate Application Fee$65
 In-State Tuition & Fees$13,250
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$19,828
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid80%
 % Undergraduates with Loans70%
 % Undergraduates with Grants49%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$1,456
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$9,054
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,548
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,924
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$6,444
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,582

Neighborhood Data for the Altoona Area

Median Age38.7
Median Household Income$35,052
Total Population46,662
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total47.4% 52.6%
 Age 0-948.2%51.8%
 Age 10-1750.9%49.1%
 Age 18-2452.1%47.9%
 Age 25-2947.3%52.7%
 Age 30-3952.3%47.7%
Race/Ethnicity% White94.1%
 % Black3.4%
 % Asian0.8%
 % Latino1.2%
 % Native American0.2%
 % Pacific Islander0.0%
 % Indian (South Asia)0.1%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedYes, number of meals per week can vary
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$9,054
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,548
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$421
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50075.9%75.1%22.4%
 $500 to $74924.1%24.9%0.0%
 $750 to $9990.0%0.0%18.9%
 Over $10000.0%0.0%7.0%
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