Altoona, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
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Penn State
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students do use the facilities, which are well kept.

3 College Student

Athletics: The athletic facility is nice. It has the same equipment that most gyms have. Nobody really attends sporting events here. They're not very entertaining to watch. The majority only pay attention to and attend the sporting events up at University Park.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone is a huge fan of all the sports here - and teams seem to get along really well. Athletic facilities are nice, and school spirit is huge.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are opportunities to get involved

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic building is also open late and is available for everyone o use. All the work out equipment is in well condition and easy to access. No part of is building restricts those who aren't involved in sports.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 610th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 621st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Dumfries, Va.
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The athletic program at Penn State Altoona is well respected, but students rarely go to watch or cheer on any particular sports. However, many students will go and watch the baseball team on a whim if they hear the loud speaker announcing the plays and next batters. Many PSU Altoona students also like to head over to State College to catch a Penn State football game—or at least tailgate. As a group, the athletes on campus are their own clique, but they seem fine when interacting on a one-on-one basis with non-athletes, such as in class.

Intramural sports aren't as big of a deal as they are at many other schools. Many students either do not know about them or do not have a great interest in them. However, there are students who really enjoy them, and there are plenty of IM sports to play, even more obscure ones, like fantasy football and wallyball. When it comes to the athletic facilities, they are well maintained but most are specifically for certain sports and teams, so they are off limits to the greater campus population.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
School Colors
Navy and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
105 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
100 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Ice hockey
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • 5K/10K run
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Innertube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Intramural Fields
  • Spring Run Stadium
  • Steven A. Adler Athletic Complex
  • Stewart Athletic Fields
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, men's soccer, and women's volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Softball, swimming, intramural volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee club
School Spirit
Most students have a great deal of school spirit, and lots of people come down to the Slep Student Center to watch the Penn State football games on the big screen in the TV lounge. Unfortunately, the support for the men's sports is exponentially more than that of the women's teams.
Getting Tickets
Most athletic events at Penn State Altoona are free. A good number of students also like to get tickets to Penn State University Park's football and basketball games. However, this must be done well in advance, and tickets for big games are very hard to come by. However, even if they can't get tickets, many Penn State Altoona students go up to State College just to tailgate.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Lakemont Park or the trails near the pond

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 55% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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