Central Penn College

  • Central Penn College is a career-oriented, baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate, residential college in Summerdale, a suburb of Harrisburg, with an offsite location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Central Penn College offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs for both traditional and continuing education students by providing hands-on and online distance education taught by experienced, caring faculty.
School Highlights
  • Central Penn College serves 1,047 students (31% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Central Penn College is the only community colleges within Cumberland County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Central Penn College is Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (2.8 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 91 teachers has grown by 30% over five years.
Central Penn College(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty91 staff25 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Central Penn College has declined by 21% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has increased from 10:1 over five years.
  • The Central Penn College diversity score of 0.57 is equal to the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has grown by 32% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,047 students618 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:125:1
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# Full-Time Students329 students372 students
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# Part-Time Students1,041 students246 students
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# Undergraduate Students1,023 students372 students
# Graduate Students23 students8 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
-
% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
7%
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% Black
20%
14%
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% White
65%
63%
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% Two or more races
4%
2%
% Unknown races
1%
10%
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Diversity Score0.570.57
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,500$34,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $18,714 is more than the state average of $10,533. The in-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $18,714 is more than the state average of $14,058. The out-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$18,714$10,533
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Out-State Tuition Fees$18,714$14,058
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$32,796$12,223
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Median Debt for Dropouts$10,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate35%75%
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Central Penn College is a career-oriented, baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate, residential college in Summerdale, a suburb of Harrisburg, with an offsite location in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Central Penn College offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs for both traditional and continuing education students by providing hands-on and online distance education taught by experienced, caring faculty.

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