About Us - Penn State Altoona

This is Penn State

At Penn State Altoona, you'll find the appeal of a small, private college, with the name recognition and prestige of a major research university. Our goal is to help you reach your goals — educational, personal, and professional.

You'll find world-class faculty at Penn State Altoona. Small classes and excellent support systems enable students to reach their fullest potential. The small campus environment allows for a comprehensive learning experience while combining the high standards of a major research university. Penn State Altoona, with the third largest enrollment of the 24 locations making up the Pennsylvania State University, is a full-service, four-year, residential campus located less than 45 miles from the research campus at University Park. Penn State Altoona offers baccalaureate degree programs, associate degree programs, and the first two years of course work for more than 180 Penn State majors that can be completed at other Penn State campuses.

Fast Facts

How many students go to Penn State Altoona? Which clubs can I join? What will my major be? Can I play golf? Find out the answers to these and many other frequently asked questions.

Our History

Webster grade school building
In the spring of 1939, a citizen's committee...

Get Here

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Virtual Tour

Take a look around from the comfort of your own home! Give your feet a rest and click your away around our beautiful campus.

Stay Here

Are you a future student visiting campus? Are you a current student with visiting parents? Find a place to stay during your visit.

What to do

Got some time on your hands? Explore the many sights, parks, attractions, and recreational opportunities that Altoona and central Pennsylvania have to offer.


A bus and train depot located downtown as well as two nearby airports make Penn State Altoona easily accessible no matter how you like to travel. Find out more!