Campus Strictness

Tuition (in-state)
$21,302 ($14,240)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Penn State
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus has a policy that if you do something wrong off-campus, it can get you disciplined on campus. I think that's a very good reflection of how administration believes in a safe environment for all its students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's nice to be at a dry campus. Students still drink and party, but there's less of that here than there is at main campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police are very helpful and aren't out to get students.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus police spend their days monitoring parking lots, trying to get as much money out of you as possible through parking violations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police/security get pretty strict with alcohol and drug use, especially at Pointe because parties have gotten out of hand recently. Other than that they don't focus on too much else. Nothing like anyone getting attacked or abused has happened too often on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 846th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1157th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1282nd
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Dumfries, Va.
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The University is fairly strict about parking violations and underage drinking, but class attendance policies vary between professors. There is a great number of professors that rely on discussion in their classes, so if you miss more than four classes, the professor has the right and responsibility to take your grade down at least a half a grade (example, an A will become an A-minus).

There is also a zero-tolerance policy in classrooms, and the discrimination of anyone in any fashion could result in mandatory counseling and sensitivity classes. The policy on plagiarism is also very tight. Depending on its intentionality and severity and any previous violations, a student may get anything from a slap on the wrist to expulsion from the University and a mark on his permanent record.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Annoying your neighbors in the dorms or off campus
  • Drinking underage
  • Parking illegally
  • Trying to touch the ducks in the pond
Visitation Policies
Residents of each dorm will decide on visitation hours for guests of the opposite sex. The visitation of friends is limited to three nights in the dorms.
Did You Know?
In spring 2009, Penn State Altoona witnessed its first streaker who shed his clothes for equality and the idea that "we are not our clothes." The administration and campus police were so baffled by this occurence that they simply gave the student a bout of community service to work off his skyclad appearance.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 27 responses

  • 37% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 30% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 11% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 22% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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