Health & Safety

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$21,302 ($14,240)
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police services works hard to be present around campus and have good interactions for students, faculty, and staff. When there is an issue, it helps to know the officers and they know you.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself is extremely safe. many of the off campus student apartments have been experiencing serious fights in the last few years

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are phones at certain point on campus if you ever need the police. At night, it is scary to walk around campus because there have been incidents of women being assaulted.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: being that it is a college with different people from different backgrounds there is never a certainty that there will never be crime but the campus police take very careful measures to make sure the students are protected against any ill mannered crime

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 590th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 772nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 782nd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Dumfries, Va.
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 3
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
Willow Buidling
(814) 949-5222
Safety Services
  • Crime alerts
  • Emergency phone system
  • Engraving of personal items
  • Escort service
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD) training
  • Silent witness program
  • Theft prevention presentations
Health Center
Health and Wellness Center
Sheetz Family Health Center
(814) 949-5540
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Online health materials
  • Prescriptions and non-prescription medications
  • STI testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Penn State Altoona is on the city line that separates Altoona and Juniata. When a call is made on campus, the police forces from both cities assist.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% None
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 27 responses

  • 48% High quality, very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 26% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 44% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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