The Pennsylvania State University Altoona College: Narrative Description

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3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601-3760
Tel: (814)949-5000
Free: 800-848-9843
Admissions: (814)865-5471
Fax: (814)949-5011
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State-related, 4-year, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State University. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1939. Setting: 106-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 3,766. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 4,536 applied, 76% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 3,487 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 275 students, 65% women, 35% men. 12% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $9582 full-time, $399 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,696 full-time, $612 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $444 full-time, $75 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, location, program, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, location, program, and student level. College room and board: $6230. College room only: $3250. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 903 college housing spaces available; 898 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. 70,851 books, 58,596 microform titles, 308 serials, and 5,680 audiovisual materials. 167 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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