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Penn State Mont Alto is a 103-acre campus located near Chambersburg in Franklin County, 30 miles west of Gettysburg and just a few minutes from the Maryland border. The quaint campus borders the beautiful Michaux State Forest and is within driving distance of many historical tourist areas and metropolitan cities. Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers love the area, which provides easy access to hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain climbing, fishing, horseback riding, skydiving, and much more.

Civil war buffs can easily tour Gettysburg National Park or Antietam National Battlefield. There are many options for the avid shopper, including the Prime Outlets in Hagerstown, MD; the Gettysburg Factory Outlet Village, as well as two local malls. The campus also boasts an active cultural base with Totem Pole Playhouse located nearby, and the historic Chambersburg and Maryland theatres located within short driving distance.

To those who call Mont Alto home, the area is a beautiful, peaceful region with green grass, farmlands, majestic forests, and quaint, personal communities. All of this is just a short 60-90 minute drive from the nation's capital, providing access to entertainment, and cultural and sporting events. Penn State Mont Alto offers the best of both worlds. We hope you plan a visit to the campus soon.


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Approximately 1,200 full- and part-time students. Approximately 23% of the students are adult learners (age 24+)




60 full-time; 60 adjunct


Mont Alto is located in Franklin County, Pennsylvania near Chambersburg, Gettysburg and Hagerstown, MD.  It is within commuting distance of York (1 hour, 30 minutes); Harrisburg (1 hour, 15 minutes); Carlisle (45 minutes); Hagerstown, MD (30 minutes); and Frederick, MD (45 minutes). Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are less than 2 hours away from the campus.


The tree-lined campus consists of 93 acres and is located adjacent to the 83,000-acre Michaux State Forest.


There are three residence halls on campus which house 460 students.


The campus sponsors more than 25 student clubs including: Student Government Association, Black and Latino Association (BALA), Mont Alto Arts Project, Blue and White Society, THON, Film Club, The Fourth Wall (student newspaper) and many more organizations related to academic majors and special interests. The campus also hosts a wide variety of entertainment and co-curricular programs such as comedians, coffee houses, game shows, movie nights, dances, bowling, bingo, guest lecturers, art exhibits, cultural and performing arts events, as well as trips to destinations such as Washington D.C., Baltimore's Inner Harbor, amusement parks, and New York City.


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