At Penn State Altoona, you'll find the appeal of a small, private college, with the name recognition and prestige of a major research university. Our goal is to help you reach your goals — educational, personal, and professional.
At Penn State Altoona, we strive to create a vibrant learning environment through our teaching excellence, research and creative accomplishments, and civic, social, and cultural contributions in order to empower students to reach their full potential.
Founded in 1939, Penn State Altoona has enjoyed a long and vibrant history in the Altoona community. From its humble beginning as Altoona Undergraduate Center in the Webster Grade School Building in downtown Altoona, to its current location at the former Ivyside Amusement Park and expansion back into downtown Altoona, Penn State Altoona is proud of its past and poised for an exciting future.