Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg

  • 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 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg is one of 2 community colleges within Dauphin County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg is Central Penn College (2.8 miles away).

Top Placements

Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 844 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty844 staff25 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg diversity score of 0.37 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment20,230 students618 students
Student:Teacher Ratio24:125:1
# Full-Time Students6,136 students372 students
# Part-Time Students14,094 students246 students
% Asian
2%
2%
% Hispanic
7%
7%
% Black
7%
14%
% White
79%
63%
% Two or more races
1%
2%
% Non Resident races
2%
2%
% Unknown races
1%
10%
Diversity Score0.370.57
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
10%
55%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,700$34,800

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $7,440 is less than the state average of $10,533. 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 $14,058. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$7,440$10,533
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,695$14,058
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid86%94%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$20,289$12,223
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$6,475$5,500
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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg is Central Penn College (2.8 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,533 per year for in-state students and $14,058 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,683 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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