Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

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326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: (717) 901-5150
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is a private institution that was founded in 2001. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 287, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $23,900 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on December 12, 2001, making it the first independent science and technology-focused, private, non-profit university to be established in Pennsylvania in more than 100 years. Founded to address the Capital Region's need for increased educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, Harrisburg University represents a major step to attract, educate, and retain Pennsylvania's diverse 21st century knowledge-based workforce. The idea for the University was championed by business leaders, government officials, and the regional news media and it was built from concept to reality in less than a decade. Before Harrisburg University of Science and Technology accepted a single student in 2005, its senior leadership team asked more than 100 Central Pennsylvania's CEOs what they need from their workforce. Based on their answers, Harrisburg University designed distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs in applied science and technology fields to meet the needs of the region's youth, workforce, and businesses. The only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Harrisburg University offers 24 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Harrisburg University is known for small class sizes, a 11:1 student-faculty ratio, and a hands-on career-focused education. Individuals looking to learn, grow, and achieve can connect with experts who teach, mentor, and advise. Its academic programs draw upon close connections to the key cluster industries and sectors that drive the economy of Pennsylvania and the nation. The University's academic programs balance each student's education to include traditional elements, specialized expertise in their field of study, and significant career-oriented experiential components so each student graduates with experiences that make them more prepared and competitive in their careers. It begins with a foundation in interdisciplinary general education courses so the student can attain competencies in areas such as critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, understanding global and societal issues, and quantitative reasoning. The development of specialized expertise in each student's major follows so the student gains competencies in areas such as applications of technology, teamwork and collaboration, and management and economics of technologies. HU then adds experiential components to the education that bring the world of work into the classroom and the world of work becomes the classroom through our mentors, capstone projects, case studies, internships and corporate faculty. Regardless of their major, the student graduates with eight core competencies that employers and community leaders desire, and they possess the skills necessary to enjoy a long-term career. That's why 92 percent of students have been employed in their field of study on the day they graduated. The University continues to grow and attract traditionally under-represented groups into the STEM disciplines. Thirty-eight percent of its students are ethnic minority, 51 percent are women and half of the undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college. All Harrisburg University undergraduate students have received some form of institutional financial aid. The University's location in dynamic downtown Harrisburg connects students to a diverse and exciting community. Students can participate in clubs or activities or create their own organizations and events.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 2001
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $0


When applying to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.4 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 47.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is 13:1, and the school has 61.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 60 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 11%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 287, with a gender distribution of 55.7 percent male students and 44.3 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 354
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, 89 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,277.

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Tuition and fees $23,900 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,700 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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