Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg

Middletown, PA 17057
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Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg is one of 24 campuses operated by Penn State. It is a public institution in Middletown, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1966 and originally only served juniors and seniors. In 2004, the Harrisburg location began accepting freshman and sophomores. Harrisburg is conveniently located about two hours from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. There are currently 33 full baccalaureate programs offered at the Harrisburg campus. However, the college also offers courses for completing the freshman and sophomore years for over 160 different majors offered through the Penn State University system. 

Three BSN programs are offered at the Harrisburg campus. However, they do not offer graduate degrees in nursing. The CCNE-accredited baccalaureate programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. For the traditional BSN program, students must complete 120 credits. The RN to BSN and accelerated BSN programs can be completed more quickly, and all three options include clinical rotations. With the accelerated program, students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field may earn their BSN in 16 months. The clinical rotations are completed at nationally recognized facilities and healthcare groups in the region, including the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, the Pinnacle Health System, and the Holy Spirit Health System.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students5,077
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate88%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 24

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Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1030 to 1260
ACT22 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $65
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$592/credit
In State Students$592/credit
Out of State Students$947/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$857/credit
In State Students$857/credit
Out of State Students$1,130/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $26,640 $26,640 $42,615
ADN 70 $41,440 $41,440 $66,290
BSN 125 $74,000 $74,000 $118,375
FNP 50 $42,850 $42,850 $56,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 60% of Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 23% $4,503
Other Federal Grant 9% $1,422
State Grant & Scholarships 20% $3,609
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 46% $3,619
Federal Student Loans 42% $5,517
Private Loans 8% $16,673


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$15,973
$30,001 to $48,000$18,459
$48,001 to $75,000$21,703
$75,001 to $110,000$25,135
Over $110,000$26,620

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

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