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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A-
Penn State Harrisburg is an above-average public college located in Lower Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,960 undergraduate students. The Penn State Harrisburg acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Information Science. Graduating 58% of students, Penn State Harrisburg alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,100.
About Penn State Harrisburg...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
North Eastern Athletic Conference
Address
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Branch of
Penn State
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Penn State Harrisburg Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1030-1260
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$21,499/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,998/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,960Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
326
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Hard working
    31%
  • Most students keep to theirself
    31%
  • Focused
    19%
  • Ambitious
    15%
  • High School-like
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
39%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.56 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Simple, great place to get an education
    45%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Quaint
    17%
  • Small Town School, Very Easy to Focus on Academics
    10%
  • Easy to Navigate- I'm an online student
    3%
  • Low academic standards
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
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Don't have much experience with other US college campuses but as an international student i do not find the campus diverse. The students here are mostly commuters who live in cities around campus so it is quite hard to make friends. The city that the campus is, Middletown, is very boring and run down and there is nothing to do. I do not have a car here and i feel like there is nowhere interesting i can go around. There are some Asian students mostly from India, China and Korea in the campus but that is about the diversity. If you are in majors like computer science, like me, there are few professors and the classes get very full so early so good luck getting a seat. Apart from that the small size of the classes is helpful and professors are generally very knowledgeable but would not recommend this campus for an international student. I feel the college life here is non existent and most people are on cliques.
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As an adult student attending Penn State Harrisburg has been challenging and rewarding. Everyone of my professors have been outstanding. Their knowledge, professionalism, and teaching ability has exceeded my expectations. Penn State and its professors give you the tools needed to succeed and attempt to help you to do so. Personal issues have hindered my ability to complete classes last semester. Because of this Penn State took away my student aid. Naturally I am biased for myself, but I do believe my student aid should've been reinstated.
I'm looking to transfer in the Fall of 2020, but from my visits in the winter i'm really impressed with PSU Harrisburg. The campus looks small but very diverse and everybody seems friendly. I was a former recruit for basketball and a high school standout so im looking to continue hoopin for a college. The academics seem solid. Heard it was hard, but heard the professors are very helpful and connect to your learning needs. Will look more into it but it seems like somewhere that I can transfer to and finish out the rest of my college career.