Pennsylvania State University Altoona

3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 814-949-5105


The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related, land-grant university.

The University has 24 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, including a virtual World Campus. The enrollment at Penn State is over 84,000 students, placing it among the ten largest public universities in the United States. Penn State offers more than 160 majors and administers a $1.4 billion endowment. Although it receives funding from the state and is connected to the state through its board of trustees, it is otherwise independent and not subject to the state's direct control.

The Altoona campus, located in rural Cambria County, dates back to 1939 as an undergraduate center opened in a former grade school. In the 1940s, the school was moved to a former amusement park at the town's outskirts called Ivyside Park. Existing park buildings such as the bathhouse, a huge two-block-long dressing room, were renovated for the Center's use --- hence the center's affectionate nickname, "Bathhouse U." As the degree programs grew in the 1950s, the school took on its current name. Today, the commonly called Penn State Altoona offers baccalaureate degrees in business; criminal justice; English; environmental studies; electro-mechanical engineering technology; human development and family studies; integrative arts; letters, arts, and sciences; nursing; and science.

The Ivyside Park campus now contains 167.2 acres with more than 20 buildings centered around a pond, the original warming dam from the old Ivyside Amusement Park.

Hours of operation

Classes are generally held Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Free, on-site visitor parking is located at two entrance ways: Juniata Gap and Ivyside Park

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