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Penn State Altoona

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

Penn State Altoona Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Penn State Altoona, the application fee costs $65.

Students who submit their applications to Penn State Altoona for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Penn State Altoona Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Penn State Altoona's admissions stats.

Penn State Altoona 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist No

Penn State Altoona Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Penn State Altoona.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 24

Considering Applying Early to Penn State Altoona?

Penn State Altoona does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Penn State Altoona will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 24.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Penn State Altoona Admissions

Transferring to Penn State Altoona

For more information on transferring to Penn State Altoona, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Penn State Altoona Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Penn State Altoona

Curious about the factors that are considered by Penn State Altoona during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Penn State Altoona for more information on admission factors.

Penn State Altoona Application Requirements

To apply to Penn State Altoona, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Penn State Altoona's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Penn State Altoona?

Penn State Altoona has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Penn State Altoona considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Penn State Altoona does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 30% of Penn State Altoona's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Penn State Altoona?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Penn State Altoona students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Penn State Altoona students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Penn State Altoona?

To be most competitive at Penn State Altoona, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Penn State Altoona's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Penn State Altoona students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Penn State Altoona

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Penn State Altoona during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Penn State Altoona Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Penn State Altoona?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Penn State Altoona.

Does Penn State Altoona accept transfer credits?

✅ Penn State Altoona accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Penn State Altoona accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Penn State Altoona accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Penn State Altoona accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Penn State Altoona?

✅ Penn State Altoona is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Penn State Altoona's acceptance rate?

✅ Penn State Altoona has an acceptance rate of 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Penn State Altoona?

❌ Penn State Altoona does not offer early decision.

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Penn State Altoona Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Penn State Altoona? Penn State Altoona is a very selective institution. The Penn State Altoona acceptance rate is 95%. This means that the institution accepts 94 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


20 to 27


20 and Less


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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