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.
Penn State Altoona’s mission is to cultivate a vibrant learning environment through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach, and the advancement of personal, social, and intellectual growth, and to empower a diverse student body with the knowledge and skills to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and civically-engaged global citizens.
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.