Altoona Campus Chapel and pond

About Us

Campus History

Penn State Altoona is nestled on 150 beautifully landscaped acres in the Ivyside section of northeastern Altoona. The campus opened in 1939 as the Altoona Undergraduate Center. In 1947, the campus moved to its current location on grounds purchased from the Ivyside Amusement Park. A scenic reflecting pond graces the center of campus, complete with a serene fountain, a waterfall, and a family of ducks.

Living Environment

Penn State Altoona offers a variety of housing options to meet the needs of a diverse student body. Oak and Maple Halls house two students per room with one common bathroom on each floor. Spruce and Cedar Halls offer suite living for upper-class students, accommodating four students per suite. Each suite shares a semiprivate bathroom.

Dining on Campus

There are great places to eat on campus, all conveniently located near the residence halls. The Port-Sky Cafe is a full-scale food court, offering a variety of menu options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. Coaster’s Coffee Bar offers coffee, specialty drinks, and snacks. Commons Grounds Convenience Store offers students a convenient location to purchase amenities, such as snacks, beverages, frozen entrees, dairy products, toiletry items, laundry supplies, among other items. The Dining Car Downtown, located in the Aaron Building, offers an array of tempting desserts, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages.

Social and Recreational Opportunities

Penn State Altoona is proud to offer NCAA Division III sports programs, along with 16 intramural programs for team and individual sports. The campus boasts over 70 student clubs and organizations, including student government, fraternities, sororities, and Lion Ambassadors. Plus, the campus often hosts movies, dances, guests speakers, and other special events.