Why Penn State Altoona

At Penn State Altoona, achieve your educational, personal, and professional goals in a small campus setting located in a vibrant and growing region. Our campus presence in the city of Altoona spans from our 171-acre residential Ivyside campus to our dynamic downtown campus, which features labs to support programs like our rail transportation engineering degree as well as our communications, security technology, and nursing programs. Located just forty-five minutes from the University Park campus, you can also take advantage of the opportunities there including athletic events, concerts, career fairs, and more.

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Altoona Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology students demonstrate robotics creations as part of the annual Student Showcase.

Get a Degree Locally That’s Recognized Globally

Enroll in one of our twenty-one four-year degree offerings or take advantage of our 2+2 plan and begin nearly any of Penn State’s 275+ majors here before transitioning to another campus, like University Park. No matter which major matches your interest, you’ll be backed by the strength of the Penn State network, our top-ranked research enterprise, faculty experts, and more than 775,000 alumni worldwide ready to open doors to future opportunities.

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A Vibrant Community

At Penn State Altoona, you can find something to suit nearly any interest. With more than sixty student clubs and organizations—from the Ski and Snowboard Club to D6 Gaming and the Dance Team—to fifteen NCAA Division III athletic teams and service and leadership opportunities—including our Sheetz Fellows leadership program—you will benefit from a wealth of resources and opportunities to supplement your education.

Our Ivyside campus features four residence halls, an athletic complex and fields, and a reflecting pond. Attend hundreds of on-campus events, activities, concerts, art galleries, and more that take place throughout the year, or explore restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops near our downtown campus.