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Fast Facts: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology at a Glance

As a private comprehensive science and technology-focused institution chartered in 2001, opened in 2005, and accredited by Middles States Commission of Higher Education in 2009, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers a 21st century curriculum designed to meet the demands of the technologically advanced economy that is the world today. It approaches science, technology, engineering and math - the STEM subjects - through classroom experience and experiential learning, the philosophy of learning by doing.

Students get a balanced, competency--based education - traditional academics through strong general education requirements, specialized training in their field of study, and significant career-oriented experiential components- that upon graduation leaves them more prepared and competitive in their career and their life.

Harrisburg University 2014-2015

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive 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
  • 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
  • Average Class Size: 9

Institutional Leadership

  • Robert M. Scaer,P.E., President and Chief Operating Officer, Gannett Fleming
  • Eric D. Darr, Ph.D., President
  • Duane F. Maun, CPA, Vice President for Finance
  • Bilita Mattes, Ed.D., Provost

Student Body

  • The University's total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students is 911. Additionally, each year several hundred individuals attend the University for training, professional and continuing education, certificate or dual enrollment programs.
  • 98 percent of HU students receive some form of institutional financial aid

  • Undergraduate Student Body is 49% female, and 49% minority


  • 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, Information Systems Engineering and Management, Project Management, and Learning Technologies
  • Trimester system

Centers & Programs

  • Harrisburg University is home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Consumer Insights Research Lab, The Government Technology Institute, The Geospatial Technology Center, The Food Science and Technology Center, and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). NCSCE's projects include the National Science Foundation-funded Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)

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