Penn State Altoona Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Altoona, PA
Website
www.aa.psu.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
3,660
Part-Time Undergrads
203
Setting
Small city
In-State Tuition
$13,900
Out-of-State Tuition
$20,794
Room & Board
$9,690
Acceptance Rate
84 %
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Average SAT Scores
1340–1630
Average ACT Scores
21–25

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Being able to take in the beauty of nature while studying
  • Cheaper than private school
  • Friendly professors
  • Intimate atmosphere

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • No late-night food options
  • No late-night activities
  • Campus dining gets repetitive.
  • Dry campus

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

The overall experience at Penn State Altoona is a great one for most, and many say that the campus has exceeded their expectations. The smaller campus is great—and if you’re concerned about a smaller campus equaling a small-minded student body, don’t be. The Penn State Altoona campus is a perfect balance of size and personality, and the atmosphere allows for people to get to know one another in a number of situations. This is a place where friendships bloom and flourish to their fullest extent, and are then kept up long after graduation.

The professors at Penn State Altoona are all very open about their research, and each one is excited to be teaching. All the professors are real intellectuals, and they have such an abundance of knowledge in their field, as well as many other topics. And they are helpful to all students, regardless of whether you know them well or are taking one class with them. At college, students learn the most from the people who assign the textbooks, not the actual textbooks themselves (although some professors at Penn State Altoona write their own textbooks), and this University is no different.

Penn State Altoona Student Reviews

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm rather indifferent/don't know much about the Greeks

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Iove it, it's everything and nothing like I've expected all at once and it's amazing

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I've talked to many people but one creepy guy stands out in my mind and he ruins the thoughts of the others for me

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love it. My adviser is also the head of the department that my major is and one of my professors and I love her

College Freshman

Majors: I've yet to apply to an internship so this is not applicable

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