With more than 4,100 students, Penn State Altoona is the third largest Penn State campus in the system of 20 campuses, and over the past few years, diversity on the Altoona campus has grown exponentially. There is a large percentage of students from Pennsylvania, but there are also students from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In general, there’s a good mix of students from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. However, there is a lack of interaction between people of different ethnicities outside of the classroom. This may be because language and cultural barriers inhibit some students from easily interacting with others. However, overall, students at Penn State Altoona are accepting and get along well.
LGBTQ pride has become a big topic on campus over the last two years. After the implementation of MOSAIC, a program to help students at Penn State Altoona learn more about the diversity on their campus, the LGBTQ community has been embraced by the majority of Penn State and is fighting toward equality within the city of Altoona. There is also a good mix of students from different backgrounds at Penn State Altoona. People from small towns and farms can interact with students from bigger cities like New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and DC—and they can take comfort in the fact that regardless of where they grew up, everyone here shares many of the same goals.