Ivy Leaf - Fall 2007

Snapshot of the Class of 2011


In fall 2007, Penn State Altoona welcomed another large class of first-year students, as more than 1,500 students (1,403 baccalaureate first-year students) started their college studies at Penn State Altoona. This year's baccalaureate degree freshmen boasted higher average SAT scores and high school GPAs than their predecessor class of 2010.


Snapshot

  • Gender: 46.2% female and 53.8% male
  • Average age: 18.19 with a range from 17 to 45 years old
  • 2 international students
  • 16% from 23 different states, D.C., and Puerto Rico
  • Average SAT score (baccalaureate degree students): 1020 (up from 1007 in 2006)
  • Average high school GPA (baccalaureate degree students): 3.24 (up from 3.17 in 2006)
  • Most popular major: Business
  • Ethnicity:
    • White American: 86.48%
    • Black American: 5.05%
    • Hispanic American: 2.10%
    • Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2.03%
    • American Indian and Alaskan Native: 0.13%

Top 5 Home States

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Maryland
  5. Virginia

Reasons for Attending College

  1. Career
  2. Develop own talents
  3. Learn to take on adult responsibilities
  4. Academic/scholarly pursuits
  5. Student organizations
  6. Develop sense of individuality
  7. Meet others, enjoy myself
  8. Learn to appreciate diverse cultures
  9. To satisfy the wants of family

Top 10 Reasons Cited for Attending Penn State by Penn State Altoona Freshmen

  1. Offers large number of majors
  2. Penn State degree highly regarded by employers
  3. Sibling/friend recommended
  4. Variety of social activities
  5. Wanted a large university
  6. Located close to home
  7. Reputation for research
  8. Only school to which student was accepted
  9. (tie) Reputation of intended field of study
  10. (tie) Parents recommended
  11. Wanted a state university in PA