Fast Facts

  • Only non-profit science and technology-focused comprehensive non-profit university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Supports the academic success of members of groups historically under-represented in applied science and technology fields
  • Private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) university
  • Incorporated in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education June 22, 2009
  • Signature 16-story $73-million state-of-the-art Academic Center in Harrisburg.
  • University has a 38,000 square-foot location in Philadelphia offering four-year programs.
  • Wireless campus encompassing Strawberry Square
  • Agreements with other higher education institutions–including Community College of Philadelphia and Harrisburg Area Community College–for transfer students
  • Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students is 5,950, representing 103 countries, as of June 30, 2018.
  • The University has 160 full-time employees, and 300 part-time employees as of June 30, 2018

Points of Pride

    • 52% of our undergraduate students are women, this compares to a national average of 18% in science and technology programs
    • 28% of our graduate students are women, this compares to a national average of 14% in science and technology grad programs
    • 45% of our undergraduate students are African-American – we have more African-American women pursuing science and technology programs than do universities 10X our size
    • HU supports STEM-Up – a network organization made up of several universities focused on the advancement of working professional women in STEM careers
    • In a recent report “Private Colleges Where Students Win the Most Scholarship Money,” HU came out #1 in the nation. The best value for the best price.
    • HU was the first university in the Commonwealth to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and offers Esports as a varsity team.
    • HU has NOT raised tuition in  6 years

Institutional Leadership

Student Body

        • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students and dual enrollment is 5,375 as of November 1, 2017.  Additionally, each year several hundred individuals attend the University for training, professional and continuing education, or certificate programs.  More than 480 undergraduate students live in University or private housing in Harrisburg.
        • Students come from more than 103 countries.
        • 100 percent of accepted undergraduate students receive a scholarship from HU.
        • Undergraduate Student Body is 52% female, and 55% minority
        • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
        • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduation is $6,000 less than the national average student education debt.
        • Average new student GPA was 3.41 for the the incoming class in Fall 2017


      • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Advanced Manufacturing, Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Management and eBusiness, Geospatial Technology, Cyber Security Operations and Management, RN-to-BSN, Interactive Media, and Integrative Sciences
      • Master of Science (M.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology, Computer Information Sciences, Health Informatics, Information Systems Engineering and Management, Project Management, Techpreneurship, Human-Centered Interaction Design and Learning Technologies
      • Undergraduate degree programs delivered online: Cyber Security Operations and Management, Management and eBusiness, and RN to BSN.
      • Ph.D programs in Data Sciences and Information Systems Engineering and Management
      • Trimester system

Centers & Programs

      • Harrisburg University is home to the Agile Lean Center,  Analytics Institute, Center for Environment, Energy and Economy, Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Government Technology Institute, The Geospatial Technology Center,  and the Security Center of Excellence.

Varsity Sports

    • Harrisburg University is a member of  the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), and offers Esports as the University’s first–and only–varsity sport.  The program is expected to begin in fall 2018 with teams competing in “League of Legends,” “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone.”