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Harrisburg Area Community College Overview

Harrisburg Area Community College is a public institution situated in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Harrisburg Area Community College Known For?

2,320 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the associate's degree is the highest award a student can attain at HACC.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 17% of the faculty were full-time.

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Harrisburg Area Community College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

HACC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#90 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at HACC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Communication & Journalism (Other) Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Engineering Technology (Other) Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Public Health Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Online Communication & Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Computer Software & Applications Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Online Business, Management & Marketing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Harrisburg Area Community College?

Location of Harrisburg Area Community College

Contact details for HACC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Hacc Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17110-2999
Phone: 717-780-2300
Website: www.hacc.edu

How Do I Get Into HACC?

You can apply to HACC online at: https://start.hacc.edu/RecruitNewWFE/

As long as you submit the requested materials to Harrisburg Area Community College when applying, you shouldn't have to worry about getting in since the school has an open admissions policy.

Can I Afford Harrisburg Area Community College?

57% Take Out Loans
16.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At HACC, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $4,938 a year. That adds up to $19,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at HACC is 16.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Harrisburg Area Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,222 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 18,081 undergraduate students at HACC, with 5,222 being full-time and 12,859 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  HACC

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,222 full-time undergraduates at HACC, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  HACC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harrisburg Area Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HACC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 232
Black or African American 458
Hispanic or Latino 652
White 3,361
International Students 173
Other Races/Ethnicities 346

Over 66 countries are represented at HACC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Harrisburg Area Community College

3,040 Took All Classes Online
6,835 Took At Least One Class Online
9.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 6,835 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at HACC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of HACC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harrisburg Area Community College was 9.3%. This is the #1,385 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at HACC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of HACC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 3%
Architectural Engineering Technology 25%
Business Administration & Management 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Communication & Journalism 26%
Communication & Journalism (Other) 26%
Computer Information Systems 67%
Computer Software & Applications 18%
Engineering Technology (Other) 25%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 38%
General Business/Commerce 9%
General Social Sciences 4%
Geography & Cartography 50%
Human Development & Family Studies 38%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 16%
Liberal Arts General Studies 16%
Philosophy 50%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 50%
Social Sciences 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at HACC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at HACC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Architectural Engineering Technology #4
Construction Engineering Technology #5
Engineering Technology (Other) #5
General Visual & Performing Arts #7
Communication & Journalism (Other) #7
Philosophy #10
General Sales & Marketing #14
Geography & Cartography #23
General Social Sciences #26
Computer Software & Applications #30
Philosophy & Religious Studies #44
Public Health #53
Visual & Performing Arts #56
Human Development & Family Studies #64
Engineering Technologies #79
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #80
Communication & Journalism #86
Computer Information Systems #94
General Business/Commerce #97
Social Sciences #109
Accounting #141
Health & Medical Administrative Services #180
Computer & Information Sciences #212
Liberal Arts General Studies #260
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #260
Business Administration & Management #466
Health Professions #492

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Harrisburg Area Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Nursing 0 423 0 423
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 285 0 285
Business Administration & Management 0 207 0 207
General Business/Commerce 0 126 0 126
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 95 0 95
Allied Health Professions 0 62 17 79
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 75 75
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 73 1 74
General Social Sciences 0 73 0 73
Information Technology 0 40 0 40
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 40 0 40
Accounting 12 19 6 37
Dental Support Services 0 21 16 37
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 2 34 36
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 35 0 35
Human Services 0 35 0 35
Legal Support Services 0 27 7 34
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 1 23 9 33
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 20 11 31
General Psychology 0 30 0 30
Computer Software & Applications 0 24 4 28
Precision Metal Working 3 0 25 28
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 19 7 26
General Engineering 0 25 0 25
Robotics Engineering 0 16 9 25
Computer Systems Networking 0 22 0 22
Human Development & Family Studies 4 11 6 21
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 20 0 20
Public Health 0 19 0 19
Design & Applied Arts 0 18 0 18
Hospitality Management 0 15 2 17
General Sales & Marketing 0 17 0 17
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 1 16 0 17
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 16 0 16
Culinary Arts 1 6 6 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 10 3 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 11 0 11
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 10 0 0 10
Audiovisual Communications 10 0 0 10
General Biology 0 9 0 9
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 9 0 9
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 8 0 8
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 8 0 8
Arts & Media Management 0 8 0 8
Construction 0 0 7 7
Other Health Professions 0 7 0 7
Chemistry 0 7 0 7
Fire Protection 0 7 0 7
Computer Information Systems 0 0 6 6
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 6 0 6
Mathematics 0 6 0 6
Civil Engineering 0 5 0 5
Agricultural Production 0 2 2 4
Computer Science 0 4 0 4
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 3 1 4
Philosophy 0 4 0 4
Geography & Cartography 0 3 1 4
International Relations & National Security 0 4 0 4
General Architecture 0 3 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 0 3 0 3
Social Work 0 3 0 3
Carpentry 0 0 2 2
Civil Engineering Technology 0 2 0 2
Health Sciences & Services 0 2 0 2
Horticulture 0 1 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 1 0 1
Construction Engineering Technology 0 1 0 1
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 1 0 0 1
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 1 0 1
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 1 0 1
General Physical Sciences 0 1 0 1
Data Entry 0 0 0 0
Building Management & Inspection 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0
General English Literature 0 0 0 0
Public Policy 0 0 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 43 2,020 257 2,320

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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