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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. Classroom work correlates with a total of required internships, co-ops and/or job sharing providing real world experience that allows students to apply classroom learning in the field. The University assigns students to a local company in their field of study. A Business Mentors program matches students with professionals in their career field.

Corporate support represents ~50% of the University's private funding primarily through scholarships and internships provided by regionally important industry sectors. Such support allows these corporate partners to connect to a potential future employee early in his or her learning career thus obtaining and training the talent in applied science and technology fields critically important to their businesses.

The University operates on a calendar that includes three 15-week semesters of instruction each year allowing students the opportunity to accelerate their time to a degree. With the philosophy that its core competency is instruction and student development, it utilizes laboratories and equipment in its $73MM high-rise Academic Center as well as state-of-the-art facilities in local businesses. In addition to its full-time faculty, HU Corporate Faculty deliver instruction, design courses, and vote on the curriculum. Each program of study is designed and overseen by a corporate advisory committee.

Harrisburg University has been recognized as a new and replicable national model for higher education—one that focuses on the development of talent necessary for participation in the 21st century knowledge economy by students, corporations, and regions. It has been the subject of in-depth profiles and editorials appearing in the Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Economist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, ABC National News, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, BBC, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.


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
  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 100%
  • 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


  • Receive an exclusive experiential science & technology education in the Philadelphia-to-Pittsburgh corridor
  • Are taught & mentored by corporate-anchored faculty
  • Are hosted as interns by these same corporations of the region
  • Are a diverse base of young people meeting the needs for expertise in the STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering & math


  • 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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