Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
Altoona, PA 16601-3777


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 3,491
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 4%
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 901 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 5,120 applications and 4,582 students were granted admission. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona is at the #87 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 10% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 76% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT900 to 1110
ACT20 to 24

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $21,874 and in-state students paid $13,868.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 83% of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 29% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,171 (which is 5.9% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona in 2016-2017, was 939, which is 68% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,623 (which is 6.1% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona has enrolled a total of 3,491 students (3,353 students full-time and 138 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 3,491 students, 102 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 55% men and 45% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 2 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 75%

Black/African American: 7%

Hispanic: 6%

Non-resident alien: 5%

Asian: 3%

Two or more races: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 22% 299
Engineering 18% 245
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 152 45
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 10% 135 0
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 6% 77 25
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 52
Psychology 4% 50 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 34
Education 2% 32
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 2% 30

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona graduates 6 years after enrollment is $38,600. Last year, out of the total 22,314 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 20,975 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 22,752 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 20,932 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $38,600 $48,500
Employment Rate 94% 92%
Total Graduates 22,314 22,752

Campus Location

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