#8 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

Penn State Harrisburg

Middletown, Pennsylvania

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Penn State Harrisburg overview
Location Middletown, Pennsylvania
Online psu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Penn State Harrisburg overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Penn State Harrisburg, located in Middletown, Pennsylvania, is a public college that serves as one of the Commonwealth Campuses of the Pennsylvania State University system. Situated approximately 13 miles from the state's capital, Harrisburg, the campus offers a diverse range of academic programs with notable strength in engineering and business. Penn State Harrisburg has a history that traces back to its establishment in 1966 and has since evolved to offer bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees across more than 65 degree programs. The admissions process at this institution is moderately selective. The campus environment features contemporary architecture with facilities that support both academic and extracurricular activities. While on-campus housing is available for students who wish to reside within the college community, the campus atmosphere is described as collegiate with a blend of commuter and residential experiences. While Penn State Harrisburg is not specifically recognized for its athletic programs, it participates in the NCAA Division III as part of the Capital Athletic Conference, supporting various sports teams known as the Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lions.

In the most recent statistical year 9,925 prospective students applied, and 9,483 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,197 enrolled in the school.  3,994 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 578 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $15,388 plus fees of $516. Penn State Harrisburg is ranked 613 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Penn State Harrisburg is rated within the lower 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Penn State Harrisburg overview
SAT 1100/1310
ACT 24/28
Estimated GPA 3.48

Applications Accepted

Penn State Harrisburg overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Penn State Harrisburg
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$516
Room and Board $14,978
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$37,510

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Penn State Harrisburg
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,840
Other Fees$516
Room and Board $14,978
Budget for Other Expenses$4,788
Total One Year Cost$47,976

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$55,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Penn State Harrisburg students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
Engineering 23%
Psychology 7%
Communication 7%
English and Literature 5%

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