Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona

Altoona, PA 16601

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 LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. ADN
  2. BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Certificate 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 37
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 62

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona

University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
29.13 miles away
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
29.19 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
33.83 miles away
Indiana County Community College Center of WCCC
37.85 miles away
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
39.71 miles away
Lock Haven University
64.52 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto
66.4 miles away
Frostburg State University
67.36 miles away
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
68.37 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly
77.46 miles away



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 540
SAT: Math460 to 570
SAT: Writing430 to 530
ACT Composite20 to 24
Admission considerations
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

Cost (Net Price)


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$18,938
30k to 48k$19,762
48k to 75k$23,115
75k to 110k$26,907
Over 110k$28,611
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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601

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