Welcome from the Chancellor and Dean
Welcome to Penn State Altoona. This is an exciting time for our college, and I am pleased that you have chosen Penn State Altoona to further your education.
Our faculty and staff are here to assist you in making your college experience successful. We are committed to providing you with opportunities to grow – academically, culturally, socially, and spiritually – and I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. We encourage you to become fully engaged in your scholarship, participate in the student organizations and activities of your choice, and make the most of YOUR Penn State Altoona experience.
I urge you to challenge yourself to make your college years a period of both intellectual and social growth. To this end, I invite you to seek opportunities to serve our community and to share your talents and expertise to make our community and world a better place. In a similar vein, I encourage you to broaden your personal horizon by taking advantage of Penn State Altoona’s opportunities for student/faculty research, studying abroad through our international study programs, and more. Working together, we can truly create a fulfilling learning and life experience for you.
On behalf of our faculty and staff, I welcome you to Penn State Altoona and wish you a wonderful, exciting, and successful year.
Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
Chancellor and Dean
Welcome from the Director of Student Affairs
As you embark upon this year filled with exciting new opportunities and challenges, please know that there are many dedicated people at Penn State Altoona willing to help and support you. You will find a comprehensive array of programs and services to make your experience with us a rewarding one. We take our role of educating students through an appropriate balance of challenge and support very seriously.
You will find that the environment at Penn State Altoona offers you many exciting and rewarding opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. You will find an outstanding faculty who will challenge and prepare you well for your chosen career. Please take the time to develop a relationship with your faculty and academic advisers. Please take advantage of offered office hours and special class initiatives. These individuals and opportunities will be invaluable resources for your development as a student at the College.
In addition to an excellent academic environment, you will find that Penn State Altoona is alive seven days a week with a broad range of student activities and programs. We have over sixty student clubs and organizations, a cultural and performing arts series, a Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as art exhibits, movies, and theatre. There are live entertainment events including concerts, late-night programs, and comedy clubs. There is a student choir, a jazz band, and dance teams. Penn State Altoona also supports a literary magazine, Hard Freight, along with the Collegiate Review, our student newspaper. You may decide to become involved in student government or one of the other student leadership positions offered at the college. If sports are where you find excitement, you can participate in intramural and recreation sports programming, club sports, or participate in one of our NCAA Division III varsity sports.
Penn State Altoona offers you countless opportunities to be engaged in your education. We believe that Penn State Altoona is a place where you can live the fullness of your dreams. I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of all that is offered. Challenge us to challenge you!
I wish you all the best for a very successful academic year.
Senior Director, Division of Student Affairs