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Penn State Harrisburg

Middletown, PA 4-Year Public
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About Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg Overview

Penn State Harrisburg is a public, state school in a small town setting in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Penn State Harrisburg was founded in 1966 and now enrolls around 4,621 students a year, including 4,085 undergrads. Penn State Harrisburg offers on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Penn State Harrisburg by October 1.

Student Involvement at Penn State Harrisburg

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Penn State Harrisburg's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Penn State Harrisburg students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Penn State Harrisburg has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Penn State Harrisburg on the Student Life page.

2022 Penn State Harrisburg Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 96%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 26%
In-State Tuition $15,086
Out-of-State $25,100
Percent of Need Met 1%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,328

Is Penn State Harrisburg a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Penn State Harrisburg offers and if it seems like a good fit for you.

Penn State Harrisburg Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Penn State Harrisburg. The acceptance rate at Penn State Harrisburg is 96%. Last year, 8,295 students applied to Penn State Harrisburg and 7,925 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Penn State Harrisburg

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Penn State Harrisburg, around 83% come back their sophomore year. Around 67% of students who started at Penn State Harrisburg earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Penn State Harrisburg Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Penn State Harrisburg by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Penn State Harrisburg directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State Harrisburg

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Penn State Harrisburg meets 1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Penn State Harrisburg full-time are awarded $11,328 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $42,940 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Penn State Harrisburg.

Based on this information, how does Penn State Harrisburg sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Penn State Harrisburg a good school for you?

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Where is Penn State Harrisburg?

Penn State Harrisburg is located in the small town setting of Middletown, Pennsylvania.

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College Info

777 West Harrisburg Pike Middletown, PA 17057

Campus Setting: Small Town

Penn State Harrisburg Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

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Penn State Harrisburg ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Penn State Harrisburg is 25. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Penn State Harrisburg. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Penn State Harrisburg SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Penn State Harrisburg Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Penn State Harrisburg is like? There are approximately 4,621 students enrolled at Penn State Harrisburg, including 4,085 undergraduate students and 536 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 78% percent are from PA and 22% percent of students are from other states.


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