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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 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 Business. 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
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
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

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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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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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The focus on academic excellence is revering. In addition to the heavy focus on academics, this college provides students with a plethora of activities outside of the classroom. Students can join clubs, participate in sports, and be part of a musical ensembles. The faculty members are always there to aid students struggling with their academics through tutoring and even provide services such as mock interviews to prepare them for the tangible world. All in all, PennState gives students the full college experience, while preparing them for what is to come in their future.
Penn State Harrisburg is a great school academic wise, professors are nice and lenient. Classes can be hard though, but overall we have great teachers. The campus is a great size but we need more parking. The culture though-there is none. The party scene is dull, everyone is in a clique, the diversity is okay, there are more people that are Caucasian, there are a lot of international students and only about 15% of black students. Middletown is boring, there is nothing here to do, the town went bankrupt a long time ago, so it looks run-down, the Walmart and target are far away, it's best if you bring a car here.