Penn State Harrisburg Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Penn State Harrisburg Library
Penn State Harrisburg Library. Balibra76 / Wikimedia Commons

Penn State Harrisburg Admissions Overview:

Admissions at Penn State Harrisburg are not highly selective; in 2016, 85% of applicants were admitted to the school. Along with an application, prospective students will need to submit high school transcripts and scores from the SAT or ACT. Those interested in the school are encouraged to visit the school and see if it would be a good match for them. If you have any questions about applying, feel free to get in touch with an admissions counselor.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Penn State Harrisburg Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Penn State Harrisburg Description:

Penn State Harrisburg is public university located in Middletown, Pennsylvania, a town to the southeast of Pennsylvania's capital city, Harrisburg. The university offers over 65 degree programs, mostly at the bachelor's and master's level. As a member of the Pennsylvania State University system, Penn State Harrisburg also allows students to complete the first two years of the 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout the system. Professional fields such as engineering, business, and education are among the most popular areas of study. The campus serves a large commuter population, but it does have residential facilities for about 400 students. The university also offers many continuing education and online options. Campus life at Penn State Harrisburg is active with over 50 clubs and organizations including a fraternity and sorority system. The campus also has an active intramural sports program including ultimate frisbee, water polo, bowling, and flag football. At the intercollegiate level, the Penn State Harrisburg Lions compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. The university fields seven men's and seven women's varsity sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,046 (4,200 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 61% Male / 39% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,828 (in-state); $22,834 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,840 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,230
  • Other Expenses: $4,788
  • Total Cost: $32,686 (in-state); $40,692 (out-of-state)

Penn State Harrisburg Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 77%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 56%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,483
    • Loans: $8,986

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 40%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Cross Country, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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