Four students using the community kitchen and lounge area of the residence hall.

Housing, Food Services & Residence Life: Mont Alto

Campus History

Penn State Mont Alto is nestled on 91 wooded acres in Mont Alto, a few short minutes from Chambersburg. The campus is the site of an iron furnace, opened in 1806 by ironmasters—the Hughes Brothers. In 1903 the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy opened on the location. Twenty-six years later, the academy became part of Penn State, serving as the first-year campus for forestry students.

Living Environment

Penn State Mont Alto offers three on-campus residence halls for students. Mont Alto Hall is a traditional residence facility with two students per room and a common bathroom on each floor. Penn Gate I and Penn Gate II offer suite living that accommodates four upperclass students per suite, with a shared bathroom. A Special Living Option is also offered, which brings together students who share similar interests and academic goals.

Campus Dining

There are great places to eat on campus, all conveniently located near the residence areas. The Mill Cafe offers an extensive menu that includes grilled specialties, fresh pasta, pizza, soups and sandwiches, hearty entrees, a chop salad station, daily specials, and convenient grab 'n go items. Cafe Java, located in the Wiestling Building, offers coffee house favorites like specialty coffees drinks, pastries, and desserts.

Social and Recreational Opportunities

Living on campus makes it easy to take advantage of nearby recreational areas including the athletic fields and tennis and volleyball courts. Penn State Mont Alto offers eight varsity sports programs, along with intramural programs, for team and individual sports. The campus also boasts several clubs and organizations, including student government, the Forestry Club, and Lion Ambassadors. The campus also often holds dances, movies, and guest speakers.

For more information please visit the HFS Mont Alto website.