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Athletics

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're into fitness, they got something for you.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: It's not the best but it's not the best.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: no one is that excited about varsity sports

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very active and school spirited.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are many sports whether varsity or club that students can get involved with.

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The athletic program at Penn State Altoona is well respected, but students rarely go to watch or cheer on any particular sports. However, many students will go and watch the baseball team on a whim if they hear the loud speaker announcing the plays and next batters. Many PSU Altoona students also like to head over to State College to catch a Penn State football game—or at least tailgate. As a group, the athletes on campus are their own clique, but they seem fine when interacting on a one-on-one basis with non-athletes, such as in class.

Intramural sports aren't as big of a deal as they are at many other schools. Many students either do not know about them or do not have a great interest in them. However, there are students who really enjoy them, and there are plenty of IM sports to play, even more obscure ones, like fantasy football and wallyball. When it comes to the athletic facilities, they are well maintained but most are specifically for certain sports and teams, so they are off limits to the greater campus population.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
School Colors
Navy and white
School Nickname
Lions
Men Playing Varsity Sports
105 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
100 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Ice hockey
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • 5K/10K run
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Innertube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Intramural Fields
  • Spring Run Stadium
  • Steven A. Adler Athletic Complex
  • Stewart Athletic Fields
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, men's soccer, and women's volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Softball, swimming, intramural volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee club
School Spirit
Most students have a great deal of school spirit, and lots of people come down to the Slep Student Center to watch the Penn State football games on the big screen in the TV lounge. Unfortunately, the support for the men's sports is exponentially more than that of the women's teams.
Getting Tickets
Most athletic events at Penn State Altoona are free. A good number of students also like to get tickets to Penn State University Park's football and basketball games. However, this must be done well in advance, and tickets for big games are very hard to come by. However, even if they can't get tickets, many Penn State Altoona students go up to State College just to tailgate.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Lakemont Park or the trails near the pond

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 36% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 43 responses

  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 30% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 42% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 57% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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