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Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) is a 2-year, public school. The Harrisburg campus, situated near the Susquehanna River, acts as the main campus of the college, with other locations in Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. Additionally, classes are available over the Internet. Students can also enroll in classes at five non-campus locations in the south-central region of Pennsylvania.

HACC's introduction to the region as the first community college in Pennsylvania took place in 1964. In 1967, the school moved to its current location, occupying 157 acres in Wildwood Park. That year, it also became the first community college in the state to earn accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The other HACC locations were added as the years went on, with the Lancaster and Gettysburg campuses opening in 1989, Lebanon in August 1989 (the campus was destroyed by fire within three months, reopening again in 1992) and the York campus in 2005.


Harrisburg Area Community College has over 20 departments offering nearly 200 programs of study and awarding Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as Certificates of Proficiency. The majority of programs are available at the Harrisburg campus. Availability of programs and courses vary for the other campuses and off-campus sites.

In 2011, 204 associate's degrees were awarded for the completion of business administration and management courses. Health professions and related programs are also popular with 80 students earning certificates in licensed practical/vocational nurse training in 2011 and another 57 students earning certificates as phlebotomy technicians/phlebotomists.


Harrisburg Area Community College maintains an open admissions policy for students over the age of 18 who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. The school does not require SAT test scores. Applications are submitted online. Once a student's profile is active, they are asked to submit their FAFSA paperwork, provide any applicable transcripts, schedule placement testing and make an appointment for a new student advising session.

Taking into account all of the Harrisburg Area Community College locations, almost 23,000 students take credit-earning classes towards certificates and degrees. Additionally, 50,000 non-credit earning classes are available in workforce and training, continuing education, customized company contract and personal interest/hobby programs.

Approximately 33% of HACC students continue their education after graduation by transferring to a 4-year institution in 2011. Part-time students account for 67% of the student body, and 63% of the student population is female. Seventy-two percent of the school is registered as being Caucasian. A little over half of the school is 24 years or younger, with the remaining 44% of the student body being 25 years or older.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs differ depending on the categorization of a student as in-district, in-state or out-of-state. There are 22 districts that are sponsored by the state subsidy, reducing tuition rates for these students. A certificate of residency is required by HACC in order to qualify for the lower rate.

For the 2011-2012 school year, a 3-credit hour course for an in-district student cost $495 for tuition and fees. The cost for an in-state (but not in-district) student was about $670, and out-of-state students paid around $970 in tuition and fees. A payment plan is available, allowing students to break up tuition costs into three installments in addition to a $30 participation fee.

Students applying for financial aid must have their FAFSA forms completed and submitted by April 15th to be considered for the maximum amount of aid possible. Scholarships provided by the HACC Foundation surpassed $1 million awarded during the 2011-2012 school year.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, less than 1-year certificate, less than 2-year certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 22,595 undergraduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs 21 areas of study, nearly 200 programs of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (314)
Less than 2-years certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (80)
Less than 1-year certificate: Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist (57)*
Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2007, 4% within normal time, 12% within 150% normal time, and 17% within double the normal time needed to earn the certificate/degree*
Admission Rate Open admission policy*
First-Year Retention Rates 53% for full-time students, 46% for part-time students*
SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students Not applicable, open admission policy*
Tuition (2011-2012) For tuition only, about $4,950 for in-district students, $6,675 for in-state students and $9,660 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (64%), state and local grants (26%), institutional scholarship (10%), federal loans (59%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% during 2010-2011 school year*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator; **Harrisburg Area Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2999
  • Phone: (717) 780.2400
  • Website: www.hacc.edu

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