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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
    B+
Penn State Harrisburg is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Capital 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
85%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
930-1210
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,951/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,640/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,933/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,389/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,636/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,377/ year
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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
3,817Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
30%
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
$48,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
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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Penn State Harrisburg Reviews

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I love this campus! If you're looking for a small, friendly, lively school, come here! The campus is very diverse and over 20 nations are represented in the student body. The staff are all wonderful and really want to see you succeed! The students on and off campus are friendly and helpful. There are over 30 clubs, free tutoring, therapy services, and trips available to just students. Penn State Harrisburg is a great campus!
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Campus is very nice and kept clean, all of my professors seem to know what they're talking about (and they also all have doctorates), the library is very niceAnyways, I wouldn't recommend this school if you're planning on living here. Especially when you can hear everything your roommates are doing at all times, it gets extremely annoying (I've lost so much sleep). The school clearly does not care about nutrition so don't be forced into buying the most expensive meal plan in the US. The academics are the only decent pro here, so if you're a commuter then the school is fine. However , do not come here if you're planning on living here.
I have since moved on to University Park, but I loved my experiences at PSU-Harrisburg. Being a commuter, I do not have much input on housing or parties, I found it very easy to obtain any assistance that I needed from professors or college staff members. The food was always good when I stopped in, there is a pretty good selection for campus size. Middletown is a very quiet neighborhood, and I was actually considering staying long at this campus due to loving the area.