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Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Overview

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona is a public institution located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Altoona is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Known For?

337 Undergraduate Awards
$36,040 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at Penn State Altoona is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Penn State Altoona is the bachelor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Penn State Altoona bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $50,100 a year. That's about 23% more than their peers at other schools.

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Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Penn State Altoona has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#118 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Penn State Altoona.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Computer & Information Sciences Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Penn State Altoona has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Colleges for Information Technology College Factual
#7 Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates College Factual
#12 Best Computer Science Undergraduate Certificate Schools Computer Science Degree
#134 Highest Paid Health Professions Graduates College Factual

Where Is Pennsylvania State University - Altoona?

Location of Pennsylvania State University - Altoona

Contact details for Penn State Altoona are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601-3777
Phone: 814-949-5000
Website: altoona.psu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.altoona.psu.edu/now/facebook.php
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PSAltoona

How Do I Get Into Penn State Altoona?

You can apply to Penn State Altoona online at: admissions.psu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Penn State Altoona

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Penn State Altoona?

92% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores
Since Penn State Altoona has an acceptance rate of 92%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to Penn State Altoona submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 590. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Altoona  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Altoona  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800
Penn State Altoona received ACT scores from 11% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 20 and 29. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Altoona  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Altoona  ( 20 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Altoona  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pennsylvania State University - Altoona?

$36,040 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Penn State Altoona is $36,040. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Penn State Altoona, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $9,127 a year. That adds up to $36,508 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Penn State Altoona is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,125 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,244 undergraduate students at Penn State Altoona, with 3,125 being full-time and 119 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Penn State Altoona

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,125 full-time undergraduates at Penn State Altoona, 55% are male and 45% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Penn State Altoona

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pennsylvania State University - Altoona students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Penn State Altoona Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 94
Black or African American 172
Hispanic or Latino 154
White 2,347
International Students 241
Other Races/Ethnicities 117

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 147 countries are represented at Penn State Altoona. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona

1 Took All Classes Online
113 Took At Least One Class Online
-25.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 113 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Penn State Altoona has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Penn State Altoona

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pennsylvania State University - Altoona was -25.8%. This is the #2,701 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Penn State Altoona regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
General Business/Commerce 0 3 0 56 59
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 52 52
Nursing 0 0 0 48 48
Information Technology 0 0 12 21 33
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 1 0 27 28
General Psychology 0 0 0 27 27
Human Development & Family Studies 0 1 0 18 19
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 3 0 7 10
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 9 9
General Engineering 9 0 0 0 9
General Biology 0 0 0 8 8
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 7 7
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 7 7
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 5 5
History 0 0 0 4 4
General English Literature 0 0 0 3 3
Mathematics 0 0 0 2 2
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 2 2
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 2 2
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 1 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 1 1
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 1 1
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Marketing 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9 8 12 308 337

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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