Welcome from the President
Welcome to Penn State!
Since 1855, our University has been home to a talented and diverse group of students, faculty, and staff, and we’re pleased you’re joining this vibrant community. I encourage you to make the most of your college experience. Explore a wide array of academic and co-curricular experiences. Get involved! You’ll develop new skills, make new friends, and, along the way, find your future.
We look forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve your educational goals. At Penn State, we’re committed to student success in the classroom and in all you do. I wish you the best as you begin your journey at our University. Thank you for choosing Penn State.
President Eric J. Barron
Welcome from the Chancellor and Dean
Welcome to Penn State Altoona. This is an exciting time for our college, and I am pleased that you have chosen Penn State Altoona to further your education.
Our faculty and staff are here to assist you in making your college experience successful. We are committed to providing you with opportunities to grow – academically, culturally, socially, and spiritually – but it is up to you to take advantage of these opportunities. We encourage you to become fully engaged in your scholarship, to participate in the student organizations and activities of your choice, and to make the most of YOUR Penn State Altoona experience.
I urge you to challenge yourself to make your college years a period of both intellectual and social growth. To this end, I invite you to seek out opportunities to give back to our community and to seek ways to share your talents and expertise to make our world a better place. In a similar vein, I urge you to broaden your personal horizon by taking advantage of Penn State Altoona’s opportunities for student/faculty research and for studying abroad through our international study programs, and more. Working together, we can truly create a fulfilling learning and life experience for you.
On behalf of our faculty and staff, I welcome you to Penn State Altoona and wish you a wonderful, exciting, and successful year.
Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
Chancellor and Dean
Welcome from the Director of Student Affairs
On behalf of the staff in the Division of Student Affairs, I want to welcome you as we begin the academic year.
As you embark upon this year filled with exciting new opportunities and challenges, please know that there are many dedicated people at Penn State Altoona willing to help and support you. You will find a comprehensive array of programs and services to make your experience with us a rewarding one. We take our role of educating students through an appropriate balance of challenge and support very seriously.
You will find that the environment at Penn State Altoona offers you many exciting and rewarding opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. You will find an outstanding faculty who will challenge and prepare you well for your chosen career. Please take the time to develop a relationship with your faculty and academic advisors. Please take advantage of offered office hours and special class initiatives. These individuals and opportunities will be invaluable resources for your development as a student at the College.
In addition to an excellent academic environment, you will find that Penn State Altoona is alive seven days a week with a broad range of student activities and programs. We have over ninety student clubs and organizations, cultural and performing arts series, a Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as art exhibits, movies and theatre. There are live entertainment events including concerts, late night programs and comedy clubs. There is a student choir, a jazz band and dance teams. Penn State Altoona also supports a literary magazine, Hard Freight, along with the Collegiate Review, our student newspaper. You may decide to become involved in student government or one of the other student leadership positions offered at the college. If sports are where you find excitement you can participate in intramural and recreational sports programming, club sports, or participate in one of our NCAA Division III varsity sports.
Penn State Altoona offers you countless opportunities to be engaged in your education. We believe that Penn State Altoona is a place where you can live the fullness of your dreams. I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of all that is offered. Challenge us to challenge you!
I wish you all the best for a very successful academic year.
Senior Director, Division of Student Affairs