Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg

Middletown, PA 17057

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 LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate88%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated BSN
  3. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 52

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
24.94 miles away
Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster Campus
27.48 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks
41.9 miles away
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto
49.27 miles away
Lincoln University
51.04 miles away
Center for Arts & Technology - West Grove Campus
53.56 miles away
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
54.64 miles away
Towson University
56.5 miles away
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
57.55 miles away
Morgan State University
60.03 miles away

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading440 to 550
SAT: Math490 to 660
SAT: Writing430 to 550
ACT Composite22 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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$16,640
30k to 48k$17,933
48k to 75k$20,389
75k to 110k$24,636
Over 110k$26,377
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $578.00 $911.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $826.00 $1,088.00

Student Population













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

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

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