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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

You can find 30 different schools within a 25-mile distance from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more about these institutions based on specific details to help you in your decision making.

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Harrisburg and its neighboring towns have a number of schools - many of them four-year private institutions, along with some public universities and two-year community colleges - to take into account. Together with information from the National Center for Education Statistics you will learn here about the schools' distance from the city, student population, net cost of attendance, and graduation rate.

Closest Schools to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The schools located nearest Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, vary in type, but majority of which offer undergraduate programs. Conveniently situated within 8 miles of the city are the schools listed below.

  • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (within the city)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (3.0 miles)
  • Central Penn College (3.3 miles)
  • Messiah College (6.9 miles)
  • Keystone Technical Institute (7.2 miles)

Largest Schools Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The largest school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is a 2-year public institution, Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg. In Fall 2014, the total student population is 20,230, all of whom are undergraduates. The remaining schools with the largest student population are predominantly 4-year private not-for-profit institutions.

  • York College Pennsylvania (5,067 students: 4,853 undergraduates)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (4,519 students: 3,691 undergraduates)
  • Messiah College (3,234 students: 2,789 undergraduates)
  • Dickinson College (2,364 students: all undergraduates)
  • Lebanon Valley College (1901 students: 1,683 undergraduates)

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Schools with Lowest Net Price

Net price is determined by taking the school's total cost of attendance and subtracting the average amount of government and institutional financial aid a full-time undergraduate student receives, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In the Harrisburg area, most schools had a net price of more than $15,000 as of the 2014-2015 academic year. The following 5 schools however have the lowest net prices.

  • York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing Education ($7,475)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg ($9,750)
  • YTI Career Institute-York ($13,120)
  • Keystone Technical Institute ($14,022)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York ($14,883)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rate

A school's success rate can be determined, in part, by its graduation rate. The overall graduation rate is determined by looking at the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduate within 150% of 'normal time', or 6 years for a bachelor's degree. It doesn't include students who transfer in or graduate students. The following 5 schools top the charts in the Harrisburg area, with overall graduation rates exceeding 65%, according to NCES.

  • Dickinson College (85%)
  • Elizabethtown College (78%)
  • Messiah College (77%)
  • Lebanon Valley College (74%)
  • YTI Career Institute-York (67%)

Despite differences in preference, students opting to study in or near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have a variety of school options to choose from.

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