Safety is a big concern on every college campus, but Penn State Altoona does all it can to protect the students, and there are a number of safety precautions taken here. The campus is “dry,” which means that no alcohol is allowed on campus—even if you’re 21 or older. And obviously, to go along with that, the University Police has a zero-tolerance policy with underage drinking on campus.
In terms of crime on campus, thefts or burglary rarely happen. There have been a few instances of stolen electronics and unattended personal items, but unfortunately, that threat comes with being any place with people you do not know. The Altoona Police and the Juniata Police generally respond to cases that are larger in scale. The campus has also implemented a series of blue lights along certain walking paths to help deter attacks at night. Overall, the Penn State Altoona campus is safe.