Academic Affairs

For a complete listing of resources, visit the Academic Affairs page.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an ongoing, developmental process that can help students achieve their educational, career, and personal goals. All new students are assigned an advisor who can ease the transition to college and also help students make informed academic choices and decisions so their college experience can be enjoyable and productive. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors several times each semester. To obtain your advisor’s name, access LionPath.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest, and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University’s Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic Integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation, or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

To protect the rights and maintain the trust of honest students and support appropriate behavior, faculty and administrators should regularly communicate high standards of integrity and reinforce them by taking reasonable steps to anticipate and deter acts of dishonesty in all assignments. At the beginning of each course, it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide students with a statement clarifying the application of University and college academic integrity policies to that course.

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Faculty members who suspect a student or students of violating academic integrity will enter the charge and recommended academic sanctions on a form that will be distributed to the student/s. Students will have the opportunity to accept or contest the allegations and/or sanctions. Academic sanctions range from a warning or reduced grade on a single assignment to failure for the course.

Please consult the college’s Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures for more information.

Learning Assistance Programs

Penn State Altoona offers a variety of academic services and courses designed to help students successfully complete their academic programs at Penn State. Presently, the following programs are available:

  • Peer Tutoring
    Peer tutoring matches faculty-approved student tutors with students requesting help in many courses offered at Penn State Altoona. Students may sign up for peer tutoring by visiting the Robert L. Smith Learning Resources Center (LRC) page. Tutoring services are at offered at no charge.
  • Professional Tutoring
    Tutoring is also available, free of charge, in a number of disciplines, including math, statistics, and the languages. Students may find additional information on professional tutoring by visiting 201 LRC or the LRC page.
  • Writing Commons
    Penn State Altoona’s Writing Commons helps students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. The supportive, trained undergraduate peer Writing Consultants of the Writing Commons work one-on-one with students at all levels, in all disciplines, and at any stage in the writing process. The consultants can help with any writing assignment or project in any course. The Writing Commons is in 127 Eiche, bottom floor of the library, across the hall from the LRC.
  • English
    ENGL 4 is required of students whose SAT Writing score and previous writing experience suggest that they need more practice before entering ENGL 15. The course provides students with intensive practice in writing sentences and paragraphs and instruction in grammar, usage, and punctuation. The credits earned in ENGL 4 count in GPA and computations of full-time status but do not count toward graduation requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

We encourage you to take advantage of these resources to help you achieve your academic goals.


Each year Penn State Altoona students are recognized for their academic achievements. Recipients are nominated by faculty and are recognized at the end of the academic year during the Student Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. Following is a partial list of awards presented:

Fine Arts Award, Zollar Art Award, General W.A. Morgan Award, Baccalaureate Degree Award, Baccalaureate Degree Award in Criminal Justice, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Award, Associate Degree Awards, Jacob Davidson Memorial Award, Vicky Rogers Memorial Award, Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Music, Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Visual Arts, Bud Shuster Achievement Award, Russo Award for English – Critical Thinking, Russo Award for English – Creative Writing, Allen T. Kline Memorial Award, Lauren M. Becker Memorial Award in Creative Arts, William and Lydia Twardon Memorial Award in Creative Arts, John E. Boyd and Bernard G. Monahan Award, Altoona Collegiate Review Student Excellence Award, President’s Freshman Awards, President Sparks Awards, Evan Pugh Scholar Award for Juniors, Evan Pugh Scholar Award for Seniors.

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