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 Harrisburg Area Community College–for transfer students
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • The University has 137 full-time employees as of November 1, 2017
  • HU has NOT raised tuition in the last 5 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 80 countries.
    • 100 percent of accepted undergraduate students receive a scholarship from HU.
    • Undergraduate Student Body is 50% 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 Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Management and eBusiness, Geospatial Technology, 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, and Learning Technologies
  • Online Bachelor’s degrees offered in Cyber Security Operations and Management, Management and eBusiness, and RN to BSN.
  • Ph.D in Data Sciences
  • 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.”