Harrisburg Area Community College: Narrative Description

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1 HACC Dr.
Harrisburg, PA 17110-2999
Tel: (717)780-2300
Fax: (717)231-7674
Web Site: http://www.hacc.edu/


State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 212-acre urban campus. Endowment: $30.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $15,900. Educational spending 2003-04: $4000 per student. Total enrollment: 16,109. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 5,068 applied, 99% were admitted. Full-time: 6,413 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 9,696 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 8 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 10% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 48% 25 or older, 30% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health, chef's apprenticeship programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Area resident tuition: $2625 full-time, $75.50 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $4950 full-time, $151 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7275 full-time, $226 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $360 full-time, $12 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 28 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, African American Student Association, Mosiaco Club, Fourth Estate. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. McCormick Library with 119,000 books, 10,742 microform titles, 873 serials, 12,733 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $900,812. 974 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 68,061. On the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg lies between mountains which rise abruptly to the north and west and rolling hills which slope to the south and east. Extensive coal and iron mines in the vicinity furnish raw materials for the city's large steel plants. Part-time employment opportunities are good. Harrisburg is a metropolitan area served by airlines, railroad, and bus lines. The community has state and public libraries, a State Museum, several hospitals, and major civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Shopping facilities are excellent. Local recreational opportunities include theatres, summer theatres, parks, golf, professional hockey, and water sports.

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