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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Overview

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg is a public institution situated in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The suburban atmosphere of Middletown makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Known For?

803 Undergraduate Awards
$36,971 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Penn State Harrisburg have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Penn State Harrisburg.
  • In 2017-2018, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Penn State Harrisburg bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $50,100 a year. That's about 23% more than their peers at other schools.

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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Rankings

Penn State Harrisburg landed the #381 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Penn State Harrisburg.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#144 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Penn State Harrisburg has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Highest Paid Information Technology Graduates College Factual
#19 Highest Paid Computer Information Systems Graduates College Factual
#27 Highest Paid Marketing Graduates College Factual
#51 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Computer Science Degree
#76 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#110 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual

Where Is Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg?

Location of Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Contact details for Penn State Harrisburg are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4846
Phone: 717-948-6250
Website: harrisburg.psu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penn-State-Harrisburg/335939599276?v=wall&filter=1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PSUHarrisburg

How Do I Get Into Penn State Harrisburg?

You can apply to Penn State Harrisburg online at: admissions.psu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Penn State Harrisburg

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Penn State Harrisburg?

84% Acceptance Rate
43% Of Accepted Are Women
75% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 84%, Penn State Harrisburg may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 57% of accepted students are men and 43% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 75% of students accepted to Penn State Harrisburg submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg  ( 520 to 650 )
200
800
Penn State Harrisburg received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 22 and 32. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg  ( 22 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg?

$36,971 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Penn State Harrisburg is $36,971. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Penn State Harrisburg, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,668 a year. That adds up to $34,672 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Penn State Harrisburg is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,915 Full-Time Undergraduates
39% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,191 undergraduate students at Penn State Harrisburg, with 3,915 being full-time and 276 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Penn State Harrisburg

There are also 742 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,915 full-time undergraduates at Penn State Harrisburg, 61% are male and 39% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Penn State Harrisburg

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Penn State Harrisburg Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 426
Black or African American 343
Hispanic or Latino 274
White 2,069
International Students 598
Other Races/Ethnicities 205

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 147 countries are represented at Penn State Harrisburg. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

29 Took All Classes Online
591 Took At Least One Class Online
-25.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 591 students took at least one online class at the school.

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

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Online Growth Rankings of Penn State Harrisburg

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg was -25.6%. This is the #2,698 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Penn State Harrisburg regardless of major.

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%.

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 113 0 1 0 114
Civil Engineering 0 0 78 0 0 0 78
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 9 0 57 0 66
Computer Information Systems 0 0 48 0 17 0 65
Business Administration & Management 0 0 49 2 0 0 51
Marketing 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Electrical Engineering 0 0 39 0 6 0 45
General Psychology 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
General Biology 0 0 41 0 0 0 41
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 33 0 8 0 41
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 11 6 22 0 39
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 33 0 3 0 36
Information Science 1 0 15 0 17 0 33
Nursing 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Information Technology 0 11 17 0 0 0 28
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 26 0 26
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 16 0 2 7 25
Area Studies 0 0 8 0 8 8 24
Accounting 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Public Administration 0 0 0 5 13 3 21
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 7 0 12 0 19
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 18 0 18
Health & Physical Education 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 2 0 5 0 10
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 4 5 0 9
General English Literature 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Management Information Systems 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Applied Mathematics 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Sociology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
General Business/Commerce 2 0 1 0 0 0 3
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Public Policy 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Museum Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 12 785 27 228 18 1,076

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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