Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
About Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
Penn State Altoona, located in Logan Township, Pennsylvania is a small, four year institution of higher education offering associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of programs. The campus is just outside of the city of Altoona, which has a population of 49,523. The city developed largely around the railroad industry and it now struggles to recover from the decline of industry in general. The downtown section of Altoona contains many historic and landmark buildings such as the Mishler Theater, the Penn Alto building, the Altoona City Hall, the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and the Jaffa Mosque. Although most of the Penn State campus is outside of Altoona, a few buildings are located downtown. Altoona is also home to the minor league baseball team, the Altoona Curve.
Penn State Altoona offers students who are interested in art and design a BA degree in Visual Art Studies. The program strives to prepare students to become artists and to either work in a creative position immediately following graduation, or to study further at a graduate institution. The coursework for the Visual Art Studies degree includes a combination of studio courses, which emphasize creative thinking and design, and traditional lecture courses teaching history of art and the artistic process. The program concludes in the fourth year with a capstone experience. Each student must create a portfolio and an exhibition to experience and learn about professional skills. By the end of the four year program of study, students are expected to understand design elements, be able to create a variety of artwork of any materials, and be competent in the technological tools used by artists.
The financial aid office assists students with finding the means for paying for their education. Students must fill out the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) separately for fall/winter terms, and the summer term. The office utilizes a web-based service to help students and parents with financial aid. Called elion, this service gives students access to academic and financial records, information, loan counseling, and the ability to track any aid. Besides federal grants and loans, the financial aid advisors will help students determine any other grants or scholarships they may be eligible for and assist them in the application processes.
The Pennsylvania State University system is accredited by the Middle States Association.