Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

Nov 04, 2022

Harrisburg and its neighboring towns have a number of schools - many of them four-year private institutions, along with some public universities and two-year community colleges - to take into account. Together with information from the National Center for Education Statistics you will learn here about the schools' distance from the city, student population, net cost of attendance, and graduation rate.

Closest Schools to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The schools located nearest Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, vary in type, but majority of which offer undergraduate programs. Conveniently situated within 8 miles of the city are the schools listed below.

  • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (within the city)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg (3.0 miles)
  • Central Penn College (3.3 miles)
  • Messiah College (6.9 miles)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (8.8 miles)

Largest Schools Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The largest school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is a 2-year public institution, Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg. In Fall 2021, the total student population is 14,023, all of whom are undergraduates. The remaining schools with the largest student population are predominantly 4-year private not-for-profit institutions.

  • York College Pennsylvania (3,852 students: 3,527 undergraduates)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg (88,914 students: 73,476 undergraduates of parent institute)
  • Dickinson College (2,186 students: 2,180 undergraduates)
  • Lebanon Valley College (2,041 students: 1,691 undergraduates)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

Net price is determined by taking the school's total cost of attendance and subtracting the average amount of government and institutional financial aid a full-time undergraduate student receives, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In the Harrisburg area, most schools had a net price of more than $20,000 as of the 2020-2021 academic year. The following 5 schools however have the lowest net prices.

  • York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing Education ($10,684)
  • YTI Career Institute-York ($11,593)
  • Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg ($12,147)
  • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology ($13,789)
  • Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School ($22,757)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rate

A school's success rate can be determined, in part, by its graduation rate. The overall graduation rate is determined by looking at the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who graduate within 150% of 'normal time', or 6 years for a bachelor's degree. It doesn't include students who transfer in or graduate students. The following 5 schools top the charts in the Harrisburg area, with overall graduation rates exceeding 60%, according to NCES.

  • Dickinson College (82%).
  • Elizabethtown College (75%)
  • Lebanon Valley College (68%)
  • YTI Career Institute-York (53%)

Despite differences in preference, students opting to study in or near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have a variety of school options to choose from.

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