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Penn State Altoona

Altoona, PA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%
Acceptance Rate95%

About Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona Overview

Penn State Altoona is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Penn State Altoona was founded in 1939 and the school now enrolls around 2,680 students per year, including 2,680 undergrad students. Penn State Altoona offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by October 1.

Student Involvement at Penn State Altoona

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Penn State Altoona's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Penn State Altoona students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Penn State Altoona has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Penn State Altoona on the Student Life page.

2022 Penn State Altoona Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 95%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%
In-State Tuition $15,086
Out-of-State $25,100
Percent of Need Met 61.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $10,832

Is Penn State Altoona a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Penn State Altoona offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

Penn State Altoona Acceptance Rate 2022

Penn State Altoona is very difficult to get into. Around 95% of applicants get into Penn State Altoona each year. Out of 7,544 applications received in 2022, 7,149 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Penn State Altoona

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Penn State Altoona, around 80% return for their sophomore year. 64% of Penn State Altoona undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Penn State Altoona Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Penn State Altoona by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Penn State Altoona directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State Altoona

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Penn State Altoona meets 61.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,832 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $45,549 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State Altoona.

Based on this information, how does Penn State Altoona sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Penn State Altoona a good school for you?

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Where is Penn State Altoona?

Penn State Altoona is located in the suburban setting of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

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College Info

3000 Ivyside Park Altoona, PA 16601

Campus Setting: Suburban

Penn State Altoona Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Penn State Altoona is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Penn State Altoona ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Penn State Altoona is 23. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Penn State Altoona. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Penn State Altoona SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

Penn State Altoona Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Penn State Altoona is like? There are approximately 2,680 students enrolled at Penn State Altoona. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 74% percent are from PA and 26% percent of students are from other states.


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