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Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision

We engage, inspire, and prepare students for success.


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.


Penn State Altoona strives to be the premier campus college at Penn State, renowned for our innovative, high-quality programs, student-centered engagement in the undergraduate classroom and in cutting-edge research and creative activities, effective service to the academy, and purposeful outreach to the community.

Penn State Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Discovery 
  • Excellence
  • Community

Goals 2014-19 Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Cultivate academic excellence by supporting engaged student learning; advancing high-quality teaching, research, and service; strengthening academic programs and support services; enhancing student life programs and co-curricular activities; and increasing service to our communities.

Goal 2: Promote strategic growth of our College by increasing enrollments, developing new sources of non-tuition income, and reducing costs through improved efficiencies.

Goal 3: Create a more inclusive, diverse, civil, and ethical learning community.

Goal 4: Integrate sustainability and environmental stewardship into teaching, research, and outreach.