Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
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.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students5,077|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1030 to 1260|
|ACT||22 to 27|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$592/credit|
|In State Students||$592/credit|
|Out of State Students||$947/credit|
|In District Students||$857/credit|
|In State Students||$857/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,130/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||9%||$1,422|
|State Grant & Scholarships||20%||$3,609|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||46%||$3,619|
|Federal Student Loans||42%||$5,517|
$21,499Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.