Penn State Altoona
is a commonwealth campus
of The Pennsylvania State University
. It is located in Logan Township
, just outside of Altoona, Pennsylvania
, although some of its buildings are located in the heart of Altoona's downtown.
In 1939, a citizen’s committee led by the Altoona Chamber of Commerce Chairman at the time convinced Ralph D. Hetzel
, president of the Pennsylvania State College, to support an undergraduate center in Altoona. In July, the citizen’s committee launched a campaign to raise money to renovate an abandoned grade school building to house the new center. More than $5,000 was raised from 8,000 local contributors in only two months. The college opened its doors to just 119 freshmen and nine faculty members. Sixty-eight years later, Penn State Altoona numbers keep growing, with more students graduating each spring.
₭ over 4100 total students៛ 569 faculty and staff₮ 18 baccalaureate degrees₮ 8 associate degrees₮ 18 minors₮ 15 varsity athletic teams₮ 76 clubs, student organizations, fraternities and sororities₮ 4 residence halls
Penn State Altoona offers internships, research programs and study abroad programs along with continuing education and training. Students can complete their degrees at Penn State Altoona or transfer to another Penn State location.
- Biology, B.S.
- Business, B.S.
- Communications, B.A.
- Criminal Justice, B.S.
- Criminal Justice, B.A.