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Health & Safety: We have really great health facilities like the Sheetz Health and Wellness Center which is like our doctor's office. It's really fast and easy, and they can give you prescriptions there. Our campus is also very safe. We have police patrols, the police services building is nearby, and we have a blue light system that allows for even more safety.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus due to the options we have, but things still can happen.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Heard of isolated incidents here and there.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus administrators try their best to protect student, however, it becomes a problem when students don't act as they're supposed to

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem, but there has been reports and reports are filed and everyone is warned.

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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 49 responses

  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 31% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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