Penn State Altoona's facilities vary from building to building. Many of the buildings are updated every five or ten years because they have been here since the campus opened in 1939. The Smith and Science buildings are the oldest buildings on campus, but they are kept in very good shape. The laboratories and lecture hall in the Science Building many seem outdated, but the education students get there is always up-to-date. The Slep Student Center is small for a student body of 4,100, but it serves its purpose as a venue for events and a place to study or take a nap between classes.
The residence halls, which are designated for certain classes (Maple and Oak are for freshmen, while Cedar and Spruce are for sophomores, juniors, and seniors), are not equal in terms of quality. Oak offers the smallest rooms because it holds the most people, and Maple is a little better, giving more space but holding less people. Spruce and Cedar provide the most space and privacy in terms of showering. The library, Hawthorn Building, Cypress Building, Misciagna Center, and Force Building are the most recent additions to the campus and are the newest in look and structure.