Harrisburg Area Community College

  • 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 serves 17,422 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 44%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,371 teachers has grown by 108% over five years.
Harrisburg Area Community College(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate not-for-profit
Total Faculty1,371 staff56 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Harrisburg Area Community College has declined by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The Harrisburg Area Community College diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment17,422 students477 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:112:1
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# Full-Time Students4,886 students331 students
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# Part-Time Students12,536 students146 students
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% Asian
4%
3%
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% Hispanic
13%
11%
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% Black
10%
15%
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% White
65%
56%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
11%
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Diversity Score0.550.64
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College Completion Rate
12%
56%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,700$34,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $7,440 is less than the state average of $10,168. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,695 is less than the state average of $14,356. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$7,440$10,168
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,695$14,356
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid79%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$18,755$13,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (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 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 $10,168 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.