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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The library here is so beautiful and a great place t0 study very comfortable toget you into that studying mood.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: My school tries sooo hard to keep things for us to do and spend our tuition money wisely. The problem with this is simply there's just not much fun resources to use in Altoona, so we end up having the same couple of things a lot. It's not a bore though. The Athletic center is kinda smal,but has all your needs I'm sure.And all the other facilities are very well kept and nice looking.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love being here on campus. It is a beautiful sight and each day starts off as something fresh. I feel as though they should build a new building including pool tables and arcade life stuff. Also have another food place in there. This would then add to another hang out spot where all students can get together and have fun unlike the dorms because we only have access to our assigned building.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The student life is lively on my campus. The sports are D3, because the main campus contains all the D1 sports and players. The student center and library are also very convenient because they're open until early morning hours (2 AM) so students can get their work done.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus I am attending is a sub-campus of the University Park Campus of Penn State, however, it's the largest sub-campus. I still get benefits of a small campus and a comfortable feeling. We also have a reflecting pond that's located at the side of the student center. The pond id also heated for the multiple ducks and that live in the campus.


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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 The laboratories and lecture hall in the Science Building many seem outdated, but the education students get there is always up-to-date.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.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
167 acres
Student Centers
Slep Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Eiche Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Slep Student Center
  • Commonplace Coffeehouse and Roastery at Pennview (off-campus housing)
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Coasters Coffee Bar
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies that are out of the theater but pre-DVD release are shown in the Slep Student Center.
"Green" Initiatives
Penn State Altoona has done everything from small changes like putting hand dryers in the bathrooms to cut down on the usage of paper towels to larger projects, including "greening" the on-campus pond.
School Slang
  • "It's Whatever": "Don't worry about it."
  • The Couches: The lounge upstairs in Hawthorn
  • Port: Port-Sky Café
  • Canoe Races: Every year, when the weather is nice, the canoes are taken out on the pond.
  • Earth Day: Held on a Friday, Earth Day is full of fun things for everyone to do. You can take home a free plant, get your face painted, or even drive an electric car.
  • Gay Pride Week: A week of events open to the public that showcases the pride and acceptance of the LGBTQ community
  • Greek Week: A week of events only for the Greeks on campus
  • Hard Freight Café Open Mic Nights: The submission and release dates for the Hard Freight literary magazine are celebrated with open mic nights.
Urban Legends
  • A woman who died on the mountain side while looking for her lover now haunts the area. It's said that she can be seen in the backseat of cars driven by men.
  • The basement of Oak Hall is supposedly haunted by a person who died on a roller coaster that crashed when Penn State Altoona was still Ivyside Park.
Favorite Things To Do
One favorite thing most students like to do is go to see a movie in the student center on Friday nights. When the weather gets warm, many people take advantage of the intramural and soccer fields and play sports ranging from football and lacrosse to ultimate Frisbee and even red light/green light.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The most active club on campus is the Campus Activities Board (CAB). This group shows a number of new films and bring many entertainers to campus. In general, most students join some kind of organization during their time at Penn State Altoona, whether it's an honor society or a special interest club.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The best way to increase your chances of bringing your favorite musical acts or other speakers campus is to join the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 36 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 16 responses

  • 50% I just like to take naps to be honest.
  • 17% Brain Awareness Week
  • 11% Earth Day
  • 11% Hard Freight Café Open Mic Nights
  • 6% Gay Pride Week
  • 6% Canoe Races
  • 0% Greek Week

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 38% Hang with my friends or sleep
  • 20% Going to the mall
  • 15% Campus activities
  • 10% Work on campus in the spring time.
  • 10% Go to Port Sky
  • 8% Go to class

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 24 responses

  • 46% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 38 responses

  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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