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Penn State Altoona Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Penn State Altoona, the application fee is $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than October 1.

Considering Applying Early to Penn State Altoona?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Penn State Altoona will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 24.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How To Get Into Penn State Altoona

Getting into Penn State Altoona is very difficult. Penn State Altoona has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, Penn State Altoona accepted 85% of all applicants., around 6,005 of the 7,088 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Penn State Altoona, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

What's Most Important to Get In to Penn State Altoona?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight 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 strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Penn State Altoona

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Penn State Altoona Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Penn State Altoona must submit the following items. Double check 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
Interview
Transcript of High School Record

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

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. Penn State Altoona does look at standardized tests scores during 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 2021, 84% of Penn State Altoona's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Penn State Altoona?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Penn State Altoona students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Penn State Altoona students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Penn State Altoona?

To be most competitive at Penn State Altoona, you should strive to earn between 20 and 24.5 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24.5 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Penn State Altoona's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24.5, and three out of four students scored lower than 24.5 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.

Transferring to Penn State AltoonaTransfer 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?

Students who are admitted to Penn State Altoona must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

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 ACE recommendations for credit

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.

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Penn State Altoona Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

85%

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 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

20 to 25

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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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 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Penn State Altoona. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 25 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

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Composite SAT Range

Not available

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Math SAT Range

490 - 580

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Reading SAT Range

490 - 580

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Penn State Altoona GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,991

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$15,584

Out-of-State

$25,598

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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