Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg

Tel: (717)780-2300
  • 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 lower than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg is one of 3 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 33% over five years.
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty844 staff25 staff
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 20,230 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.37 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment20,230 students571 students
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:126:1
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students6,136 students354 students
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students14,094 students217 students
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Black (2007-2016)
% White
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.370.57
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,700$34,800
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $7,440 is less than the state average of $10,656. The in-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,695 is less than the state average of $14,063. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$7,440$10,656
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,695$14,063
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%94%
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$20,289$13,000
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,475$6,246
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $10,656 per year for in-state students and $14,063 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,591 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, 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.