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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology at a Glance

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
  • 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
  • HU has NOT raised tuition in the last 3 years
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks HU #3 among "Universities with the Highest Internship Placement Rates."

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 more than 1,800 as of July 1, 2015. 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

  • HU presently has over 150 undergraduate science and technology students enrolled from the Philadelphia School District-this is more than any other Pennsylvania university.

  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.

  • HU is able to successfully educate 55 students per administrative position, whereas the average PASSHE school can only educate 6 students per administrative position.

  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduation is $6,000 less than the national average student education debt.


  • 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)

Questions? Contact or 717.901.5146.