College Heights Association

The College Heights Association was incorporated under the Non-profit Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1975 to protect and advance the interests of the College Heights neighborhood and its residents.

All persons residing in the College Heights neighborhood are eligible for membership. The Association holds an annual meeting for the purpose of reviewing actions of the Association over the past year and proposing action for the Association for the coming year. Additional meetings may be held at other time for discussion of current issues. View the constitution and by-laws

For all the latest news and announcements, visit our news and announcements section. For a list of board members, visit our board members section.

Ways to Access Local COVID-19 Updates

For local updates on COVID-19, please visit the Borough COVID-19 Updates site or subscribe to the COVID-19 list.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings with Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and Borough Officials

November 20, 2020 Meeting Minutes PDF
October 23 Meeting Minutes PDF
October 9 Meeting Minutes PDF
September 25 Meeting Minutes PDF
August 28 Meeting Minutes PDF
August 14 Meeting Minutes PDF
July 31 Meeting Minutes PDF, Draft COVID-19 Ordinance,  State College Borough Board of Health Recommended Changes to draft COVID-19 Ordinance, July 31 Meeting Questions and Answers
July 17 Meeting Minutes PDF
June 19 Meeting Minutes PDF
Follow-up to June 19 Meeting Question: CDC Guidelines about Personal and Social Activities (including using gyms or fitness centers)
May 29 Meeting Minutes PDF
May 22 Meeting Minutes PDF
May 15 Meeting Minutes PDF
May 1 Meeting Minutes PDF
April 24 Meeting Minutes PDF
April 17 Meeting Minutes PDF
March 30 Meeting Minutes PDF

Data 4 Action Survey for Centre County Residents

Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Project (Data 4 Action) asks Centre county residents to take a 10-minute, anonymous survey, which will document health, economic, educational, social and other impacts during the pandemic. Residents may complete the survey online or by phone. To access the survey and more information, visit the Data 4 Action project website.

The Penn State Data For Action: Centre County Community Cohort Study

D4A4C: Data for Action The Centre County Community Cohort Study Slides PDF
D4A4C: Data for Action The Centre County Community Cohort Study Proposal PDF

Census 2020 At-Home Children’s Activities for All Ages

Reinforce to children the importance of responding to the 2020 Census through this collection of fun activities for children of all ages.

State College Borough Coronavirus Response Hub

From Pennsylvania total cases, resources and programs available to the community, to information about how to create your own mask, this page is updated several times per week as new information becomes available.

Stay Home Challenge

The Office of Community Engagement is currently hosting a #stayhomechallenge on social media. If you do not have social media but would still like to participate, please send your entry to

  1. Decorate your door, mailbox, window, driveway, etc. showing support to those stlil working during COVID-19. (Be sure to do this with supplies you already have in your home. Get creative and have FUN.
  2. Share your photos with us and the community!
  3. Winners will be selected by Mayor Filippelli. Top three will receive gift cards for Downtown State College to use when #stayhome is over. (1st place is $50; 2nd is place $25; 3rd is place is $15.)

Letter from  Damon Sims, Penn State Vice President for Student Affairs to Penn State Students

Mr. Sims requests that students and parents comply with Public Health directives and not to return to Centre County and State College.  Also included in the letter are rules from Penn State on Student Social gatherings.

Downtown Businesses Open During the Shutdown

 The Downtown State College Improvement District has created and will continue to update a spreadsheet that is meant to inform the community about downtown businesses that are offering take-out, delivery and gift card/online sales during the shutdown. This list can be accessed here.

The Downtown State College Improvement District has also developed a list  of downtown businesses that offer gift cards for sale.

COVID-19 Awareness and Impact Survey Results
The COVID-19 Awareness and Impact Survey Report was deployed by the Borough in early April. Survey results are now available.

Historic Property Designation 

 A number of properties contribute to College Heights' designation as one of State College's historic districts. The Historic Resources Commission encourages owners of those properties to recognize those structures with a Historic Plaque.
To determine whether or not your property is on the list of those contributing to the Historic District designation, please contact John Wilson at or call 323-7109. Information about the plaques can be found at this borough link.

On-street Parking Permission

Call: 814-954-1019

To park on College Heights streets, College Heights residents should call 814-954-1019. This number is the College Heights parking permission hotline and must be used by College Heights residents only. Residents should leave a detailed message including the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Location (Street and block number)
  • Date and time for which permission is requested
  • Vehicle license plate and state
  • Vehicle make

Assume permission is granted unless the Parking Department calls to say otherwise. Permission may also be requested by emailing the Parking Department at with the above information. All permissions are weather permitting. Streets must be clear in the event of a snow emergency.

All Pennsylvania Vehicle Code violations will be strictly enforced.

Annual Membership

Annual membership dues of $10 are payable to the College Heights Association for a term of membership from the beginning of September to the end of August of each year. Dues may be mailed to:
Kevin McGarry, Treasurer
534 Ridge Avenue
State College, PA 16803

Report Violations of Borough Ordinances

State College Borough now has an online form for Borough residents' use in reporting violations of Borough ordinances (e.g. snow removal, weeds, parking, trash removal, noise, unauthorized residents, etc.). The form goes directly to the Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health staff, where it will be addressed. The link for this form is here, and the form also is available under both the Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health drop-down menus in the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health section of the State College Borough website.

While none of us is eager to take on this role, as the Planning Office has stressed, often the only way staff members learn of violations is through neighbors' reporting.

College Heights School Update

Deborah Howard from Penn State’s Facilities Resource Management office, has provided this update on the College Heights School property:

  • The school district staff will remain in the building through June 2015.
  • We have started the process to get our submissions and plans ready for the reviews with the Planning, Design Review and the final Zoning Review Board.
  • As soon as we have some of the initial plans put together, I will let you know and be happy to review with you all.
  • We are planning to close the property sometime in July if we can get through all the reviews by this time (or soon thereafter).
  • Then we will start improvements in earnest in and outside the building.

Information on Neighborhood Preservation

For important information regarding the Borough strategic plan's #1 goal, neighborhood preservation, please click here. 

Town Hall Meeting Sponsored by Coalition of State College Neighborhood Associations

View the slides and handouts from the recent town hall meeting concerning greater self determination for local municipalities held August 17, 2017.

. (last updated 4-3-2020)

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