Penn State Altoona student Karly Bish

"The feel of the campus got me hooked."

For Karly Bish, a junior majoring in business administration, it was love at first sight when she visited Penn State Altoona. “The small-town feel got me hooked,” she says. “I didn’t even take a campus tour—I just walked around and loved it.”

Bish, who has lived in both Spruce and Maple residence halls, enjoys the community feel of living on campus. “It’s really convenient, and I love that you just happen to bump into people in the hallway,” she says. There are so many community spaces and opportunities to get out of your room. You can look out the window at the intramural fields and go join a pickup game.”

Events in the residence halls, such as a recent “Around the World” experience, keep life interesting, Bish says. “For ‘Around the World’ each residence hall decorated their lobby to represent a different country. We had food and costumes, and people could do things like karaoke or learn calligraphy or try sushi. It brings an educational aspect into the halls. You’re living and you’re learning and you’re socializing, all in this community space.”

Bish also appreciates the variety, convenience, and flexibility of the campus meal plan. “And this is coming from someone who loves to cook!”