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About Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg is a public, state school in an small town setting in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Penn State Harrisburg was founded in 1966 and now enrolls around 4,928 students a year, including 4,308 undergrads.

Penn State Harrisburg offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

There are 14.9 undergraduate students for every full-time Penn State Harrisburg professor.

2021 Penn State Harrisburg Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Mean ACT score 25
In-State Tuition $15,086
Out-of-State $25,100

2022 Penn State Harrisburg Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to Penn State Harrisburg is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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Penn State Harrisburg Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Penn State Harrisburg. Penn State Harrisburg admitted 87% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 6,477 out of 7,456 total applicants were accepted.

Penn State Harrisburg Waitlist 2021

Penn State Harrisburg reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Penn State Harrisburg?

Penn State Harrisburg is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Penn State Harrisburg, applicants must submit the following items.

Penn State Harrisburg Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Penn State Harrisburg

The mean ACT score for Penn State Harrisburg students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Penn State Harrisburg.

Does Penn State Harrisburg Require Test Scores?

Penn State Harrisburg does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 81% submitted the SAT. 9% submitted the ACT.

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Does Penn State Harrisburg Have Dorms?

Yes! Penn State Harrisburg provides on-campus housing for students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Penn State Harrisburg.

Financial Aid at Penn State Harrisburg

Penn State Harrisburg meets 59% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,499 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Penn State Harrisburg a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Penn State Harrisburg

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Penn State Harrisburg, around 86% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 787 students who started at Penn State Harrisburg as first-time freshman, 354 graduate within four years.

Around 67% of students who started at Penn State Harrisburg earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Penn State Harrisburg Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $38,395 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Penn State Harrisburg sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Penn State Harrisburg a good school for you?

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Where is Penn State Harrisburg Located?

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

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Penn State Harrisburg is Continuous processing.

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Penn State Harrisburg ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

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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 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Penn State Harrisburg. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Penn State Harrisburg SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

530 - 660


Reading SAT Range

500 - 600

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Penn State Harrisburg Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Penn State Harrisburg is like? There are approximately 4,928 students enrolled at Penn State Harrisburg, including 4,308 undergraduate students and 620 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from PA and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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