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Study at Penn State Altoona

Pennsylvania State University, also nicknamed as Penn State, is a state-supported, land-grant, space-grant, and public research university located in University Park, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded in 1939. The university offers more than 15 baccalaureate degrees, over 5 associate degrees, and over 15 minors in various subjects. Penn State in organized into the following academic colleges:

  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • College of Business, Smeal
  • College of Communication
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Engineering Environmental Institute
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Technology, Pennsylvania
  • College of the Liberal Arts
Penn State's athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I and Big Ten Conference. The sports teams are nicknamed the Nittany Lions.

Profile of Penn State Altoona

The campus of Penn State Altoona is in Altoona, PA, which is a small city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Penn State Altoona include, at the school's highest level, the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

The school has a tighter focus on specific Course Topics than most colleges its size. Penn State Altoona is known for its programs in security and law enforcement and conservation and resource management.

Penn State Altoona Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 450. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 450 and 560. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Penn State Altoona has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Penn State Altoona had 4, 034 students enrolled (3, 864 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Penn State Altoona Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management72business
Security and Law Enforcement60criminal justice and safety
Education and Teaching47elementary school teaching
Liberal Arts35liberal arts and sciences, English, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine35registered nursing
Therapy and Counselling34psychology
Family and Social Work27family studies
Engineering Technician24electronics tech, mechanical engineering tech
Engineering24electrical engineering
Media15communication studies
Science14biology, biological and physical sciences
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental studies
Art Studies7visual and performing arts

Contact: Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona

3000 Ivyside Pk

Altoona, PA 16601-3777

General Phone: (814) 949-5000

http://www.aa. psu.edu/

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