Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689)

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,388
2022 Average Net Price
$20,621
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.42%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
95.8%
7,523 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,577
97% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
15.7%
185 Graduates

About

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is a higher education institution located in Blair County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) were Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing (73 degrees awarded), Electromechanical Technology (40 degrees), and Teacher Education (31 degrees).

In 2022, 335 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689). 52.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (288 degrees), 18 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (16 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is $15,388, which is $−12,942 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is $15,388, which is $−12,942 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,621.

In 2022, 71% of undergraduate students attending Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 56% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$15,388
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) was $15,388. The cost of tuition at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is $−12,942 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$20,621
2022 Value
6.04%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,621. Between 2018 and 2022, the average net price of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) grew by 6.04%.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

71%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

71% of undergraduate students at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 11.3% with respect to 2018, when 80% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.42%
2019 Default Rate
254
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) was 1.42%, which represents 254 out of the 17838 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) received 7,523 undergraduate applications in 2022.

There were 2,577 students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in 2022. 31% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) has an overall enrollment yield of 12.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

95.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
7,204
Accepted Out of 7,523

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SAT Scores

31%
Submission Percentage (2022)
284
Scores Submitted (2022)

31% of enrolled first-time students at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) had a total enrollment of 2,577 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is 2,499 students and the part-time enrollment is 78. This means that 97% of students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689), both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.7% White, 7.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.05% Black or African American, 4.04% Asian, 2.87% Two or More Races, 0.155% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0776% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (38.1%), followed by White Female (35.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,577 students. The full-time enrollment at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is 2,499 and the part-time enrollment is 78. This means that 97% of students enrolled at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,898 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    188 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    156 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is 73.7% White, 7.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.05% Black or African American, 4.04% Asian, 2.87% Two or More Races, 0.155% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0776% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 44 students (1.71%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 19 more women than men received degrees from Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is white (288 degrees awarded). There were 18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (16 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing (73 degrees awarded), followed by Electromechanical Technology (40 degrees) and Teacher Education (31 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (41 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (15 degrees), and English (11 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are Software developers (576,153 people), Other managers (209,943 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (174,534 people), Computer occupations, all other (126,847 people), and Computer & information systems managers (122,834 people).

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in 2022 are Engineering Technologies (41 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (15 degrees), English (11 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (34 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (8 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, Nurse anesthetists, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are Engineering Technologies (41 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (15 degrees), English (11 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (34 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (8 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are Computer Systems Design (647,995 people), Elementary & secondary schools (426,242 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (271,365 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (172,785 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (117,959 people).

The most specialized majors at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are Engineering Technologies (41 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (15 degrees), English (11 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (34 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (8 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689).

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) was Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing with 73 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

158
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
177
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 158 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689), which is 0.893 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (177).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 34 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in Electromechanical Technology, which is 5.67 times more than the 6 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 64 degrees were awarded to men at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) in Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, & Clinical Nursing, which is 7.11 times more than the 9 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

9%
100% Completion Time
13%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 9% of students graduating from Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 13% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 13% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Baccalaureate Colleges Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (21.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is Female and White (21.7% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.541% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    288 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    16 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    11 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is white (288 degrees awarded). There were 18 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (16 degrees).

0.597% of degree recipients (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    152 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    136 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    9 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) is white female (152 degrees awarded). There were 1.12 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (136 degrees).

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Operations

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) employs 58 Associate professors, 56 Assistant professors and 43 Professors. Most academics at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are Female Associate professor (30), Female Assistant professor (29), and Male Professor (28).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) are: Service, with 84 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 39 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 36 employees.

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
58 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
84 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) were Associate professor with 58 employees, Assistant professor with 56 employees, and Professor with 43 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) were Service with 84 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 39 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 36 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689) was Female Associate professor with 30 employees, Female Assistant professor with 29 employees, and Male Professor with 28 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona (214689).

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