• 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 963 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 44%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 963 students
  • Private-state tuition: $18,714
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 34%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 101 teachers has grown by 80% over five years.
Central Penn College
(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private, for profit
Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty
101 staff
56 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Central Penn College has declined by 27% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Central Penn College diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
963 students
477 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
241 students
331 students
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# Part-Time Students
722 students
146 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Central Penn College.
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# Undergraduate Students
934 students
339 students
# Graduate Students
29 students
1 students
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PA All Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
314 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
n/a
% Asian
3%
3%
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% Hispanic
3%
11%
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% Black
20%
15%
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% White
66%
56%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
1%
11%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score
0.52
0.64
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,500
$34,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Central Penn College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of PA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $18,714 is more than the state average of $17,415. The private state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$18,714
$17,415
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Central Penn College and the private community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
95%
91%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Central Penn College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$22,856
$13,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Central Penn College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,583
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Central Penn College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
79%
84%
This chart display the percent admitted of Central Penn College and the community college average percent admitted of PA by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.
SAT Reading (Year 2017)
390
480
SAT Math (Year 2017)
395
460
SAT Writing
n/a
435
ACT Composite (Year 2017)
15
21
ACT English (Year 2017)
12
19
ACT Math (Year 2017)
16
19
ACT Writing
n/a
7
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.
Profile last updated: 02/28/2022

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 963 students
  • Private-state tuition: $18,714
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 34%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,168 per year for in-state students and $14,356 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,415 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is The Workforce Institute's City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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