Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg

Tel: (717)780-2300
20,230 students
Public institution
  • Harrisburg Area Community College is an accessible, affordable, high quality, comprehensive community college. The multi-campus college serves as a premier educational and workforce development institution. The presence of quality instruction and cutting edge technology, business and industry collaboration, and a learning-centered environment provides students the necessary knowledge, skills and values to compete and excel in a global community.
School Highlights
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg serves 20,230 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is equalto than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 36%.
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg is one of 4 community colleges within Dauphin County, PA.
The nearest community college is Central Penn College (2.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 844 teachers has grown by 28% over five years.
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (PA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty 844 staff 23 staff
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 20,230 has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.37 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has declined by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment 20,230 students 371 students
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1 24:1
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 6,136 students 345 students
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 14,094 students 155 students
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
2%
2%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
7%
6%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
7%
14%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Black (2006-2014)
% White
79%
64%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
1%
1%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg More (2009-2014)
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Non Resident (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
1%
11%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.37 0.55
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $6,870 is less than the state average of $9,120. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,945 is less than the state average of $11,370. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $6,870 $9,120
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,945 $11,370
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 86% 95%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Established February 14, 1964, as the first community college in Pennsylvania, HACC welcomed its first class of 426 students on September 21 of the same year. HACC has become one of the largest undergraduate colleges in Pennsylvania, with nearly 11,000 students enrolling in credit programs and courses each semester. A multi-campus college, Harrisburg Area Community College offers programs and courses at four campuses and one Center: the $64 million, 215-acre Harrisburg Campus in Harrisburg, the Lancaster Campus, the Lebanon Campus , Gettysburg Campus, and the York Center. Courses are also offered at additional locations throughout southcentral Pennsylvania includeing online. The Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York locations are linked through compressed video classrooms which allow students on all four campuses to participate in the same class. The college offers Career programs, Certificate programs, Diploma programs and Transfer Programs. The College awards Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees, Certificates of Proficiency, and Diplomas. Most programs are offered at the Harrisburg Campus, and many are available at the campuses in Lancaster, Lebanon and Gettysburg. The College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has authorized the College to award the Associate's degree, with specific programs receiving national accreditation.

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Did You Know?
For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $9,120 per year for in-state students and $11,370 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,915 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.