Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (PSU or Penn State) is a public institution. The campus is part of the Penn State school system, which includes ten campuses throughout the state. The Altoona campus offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Altoona campus was established in 1939. Immediately after opening the campus, the university struggled to keep up with the increased demand. They soon purchased more land and expanded the campus to accommodate the growing student population. Students are also active in the community and on campus, with over 75 student groups and organizations.
The Altoona campus of Penn State offers an associate’s degree in nursing, along with a traditional BSN program and an accelerated BSN program. The BSN programs are accredited by the CCNE. With the traditional BSN program, students receive training at a state-of-the-art simulation learning center and through clinical experiences. This is a full-time program that is designed to be completed in the standard four years. The accelerated program is a 16-month program for those with a bachelor’s degree in another field. It includes several prerequisite courses that can be completed at Penn State or any accredited institution. The RN to BSN program is intended for registered nurses that have a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing.
|Campus LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students3,482|
|Student to Faculty Ratio15:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1000 to 1180|
|ACT||21 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|Recommendations Neither required nor recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$592/credit|
|In State Students||$592/credit|
|Out of State Students||$947/credit|
|In District Students||$857/credit|
|In State Students||$857/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,130/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||8%||$1,510|
|State Grant & Scholarships||27%||$3,597|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||49%||$4,642|
|Federal Student Loans||62%||$5,476|
$21,469Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$18,337|
|$30,001 to $48,000$19,236|
|$48,001 to $75,000$21,568|
|$75,001 to $110,000$26,361|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.