Our Mission

Our Mission

Student Affairs Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs at Penn State Altoona is to provide students with the services and developmental opportunities that will challenge and support their academic experiences, enhance the quality of their lives, and prepare them to function successfully as servant leaders within a diverse, multicultural, and international world.

Office of Residence Life Mission Statement

Residence Life at Penn State Altoona provides a safe and inclusive living-learning community that challenges residents to become engaged citizens and supports their academic pursuits and personal growth. Our initiatives and services are infused with the values of respect and responsibility for self, others and the Penn State Community.

Vision Statement

Residence Life at Penn State Altoona seeks to be recognized across the commonwealth as an institution that develops learners, leaders and responsible engaged citizens for an ever-changing world.

Educational Priority

Penn State Altoona Residence Life plays an essential role in the education of students. We have established an Educational Priority that outlines our commitment to facilitating learning outside of the classroom. Our Educational Priority is built on the principles of “Respect, Responsibility and Community”. Our Educational Priority is to enable residents to develop respect and responsibility and to work together for the betterment of residence life, Penn State Altoona and the rest of the world.

Personal Respect and Responsibility

Personal respect and responsibility is building an understanding of who you are and how this informs the choices that you make. It is also taking ownership of your actions, accepting the consequences that come from those actions and understanding that what you do impacts those around you. After living on campus, residents will be able to:

  • Personal Identity: Describe their personal identity, values and ethics
  • Personal Decision Making: Apply decision-making practices that lead them to be successful as students and alumni

Social Respect, Responsibility and Community

Social respect and responsibility is acting in such a way that others are not adversely affected. It is making a commitment to contribute toward social, cultural and ecological causes for the betterment of society. After living on campus, residents will be able to:

  • Social Identity: Compare and contract their experiences within the community with that of others different from them
  • Community Decision Making: Apply decision-making practices that have a positive effect on their community
  • Public Purpose: Engage in practices or initiatives to better their residence hall, Penn State and Global communities.