Middletown, PA
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg


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Recent Reviews

Diamonique
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The people are nice and it’s a friendly environment.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The people are nice and it’s a friendly environment.

Emily
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Penn State is a worldly renowned university. This campus is the perfect place to start and end your degree if you are looking...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Penn State is a worldly renowned university. This campus is the perfect place to start and end your degree if you are looking for the environment of a small private college with the cost and resources of a large university. The average class size is between 10-20 people and professors are dedicated to assisting students. The biggest drawback to this college is peers who "can't wait to leave". Penn State offers its student's the opportunity to begin at a branch campus and transfer to their main campus, University Park, after two years. Many students attend this campus to save money before transferring and their mentality is that the smaller atmosphere is boring and they will be unhappy until they transfer. This campus is what students make of it. There are 3 sororities and 2 fraternities offered on campus and students may transfer their Greek membership if they plan to transfer to university park and a chapter of their organization exists there. Numerous academic and interest based clubs are offered here. There are weekly guest speakers and events offered. Students have the ability to plan an event and receive school funding to make their plans a reality. This campus embraces diversity. Many students are foreign; coming from countries like China, Korea, Brazil, India, and Africa. There is a club known as the MAEP that discusses diversity and offers students free meals and items at their weekly meetings. There are three places to eat on campus. The normal dining hall is not a buffet style, and the food repeats often. There is a fast food type place on campus that sells Mac and cheese, sandwiches, tacos, and Penn State Bakery items. There is also a Starbucks on campus. Students may purchase groceries at the on campus grocery store. All of these places accept the meal plan and offer a wide selection of vegetarian options. For students suffering from food insecurity, there is an on campus food pantry, The professors here are very down to earth and enjoy meeting with students. They like to see creativity and good attendance in their classes. Professors are required to have office hours to meet with students and they are required to provide advanced notice of class cancelations, except in emergency situations. Each major and minor offers students the opportunity to attend major specific events to further student's understanding of their field. Many majors also offer access to equipment and resources not provided to other students. If you are looking for a school with worldwide recognition and a small town feel, choose Penn State Harrisburg. You will enjoy shopping in Harrisburg and interacting with the surrounding community. The campus offers students access to resources to make them prepared for their field and prepared for life after graduation. We Are!

Faydra
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I love my school. My mom is an alumn and we bleed blue and white! Let’s go State! I will graduate with a degree that is r...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love my school. My mom is an alumn and we bleed blue and white! Let’s go State! I will graduate with a degree that is recognized around the world from a top academic institution. There is no better feeling than being a part of a college family.

Michelle
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Great school for commuters and those who want to focus on academics. There's not much night life around campus and the stores...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great school for commuters and those who want to focus on academics. There's not much night life around campus and the stores are limited but everything a college student needs is nearby. If you can't go to main campus or Erie for engineering, harrisburg is a great alternative

Sarah
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Penn State Harrisburg is a very interactive and diverse school. This school has just the right amount of students in the clas...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Penn State Harrisburg is a very interactive and diverse school. This school has just the right amount of students in the classes, so you can have interaction with the professor and other students. The environment is always calm. They always have something to do at the school whether it is festivals or gatherings. I honestly could not have chosen a better school to go to.

Natalie
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International students, Stacks cafeteria, comfortable on-campus housing, and small-town are the first words that come to my h...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

International students, Stacks cafeteria, comfortable on-campus housing, and small-town are the first words that come to my head when I think of Penn State Harrisburg. Among all the commonwealth campuses, Harrisburg is by far the best by a long shot. We are ranked the #10 in the United States for international students, which provides students a change to view perspectives of people from all around the world, which is one of the predominant reasons I went to the school. I now can say I literally have friends from all around the world, as this helps me as an American to understand people from different cultures, which is paramount in the policial environment we are living today. Stacks is the known modern hub were everyone hangs out from getting a bite to eat to having a quick study session with friends. The school’s infrastructure is very new as each building as an unexpected modern interior with an exceptionally clean environment. Therefore, the dorms are the best I had ever seen, considering I had visited 12 universities including ivy leagues. The only major downfall, due to my love of an urban/upscale suburban environment, is the small-town aspect of Middletown. The surroundings around the campus very boring due to the lower socioeconomics and you have to drive to get to your location because there are no sidewalls (plus you could have to walk at minimum 20 minutes). Therefore, if you don’t have a car (like me) it is essential to get close to a couple of people so that you can go food shopping or get clothing. Also, it is mainly a commuter campus still despite the increase of people living off-campus. Overall, I believe the pros outway the cons because due to my major it requires me to say focused on my school work, as this school is not meant for people that like to party. There are parties but you have to know people and they are always off-campus. Lastly, I highly recommend you to immediately get involved in a lot of clubs the second you get there because that is how you meet a bunch of people. This really helps as when the going gets tough people you hang out with may start branch out to different people and it would suck for freshman year to not have anyone to hang out with just because you only had one friend. All in all, these are some of the main tips I have to have a successful first year in the nonacademic way.

Katie
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The college size was exactly the size I was looking for when I was college searching. The campus size is big enough to feel l...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The college size was exactly the size I was looking for when I was college searching. The campus size is big enough to feel like a college but small enough that you have personal relations with the professors and you know others around campus. I am very happy that I chose this school.

Maura
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I like my classes and the atmosphere. I have met some really nice people. I would say if you are looking for a small campus w...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like my classes and the atmosphere. I have met some really nice people. I would say if you are looking for a small campus with a feeling of community, Penn State Harrisburg might be right for you. my only critique would be that more food options should be offered and the hours of operation for the cafeteria on the weekends be expanded.

Riley
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I think Penn State University - Harrisburg is a great school. Many people think there is a negative connotation to the satell...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think Penn State University - Harrisburg is a great school. Many people think there is a negative connotation to the satellite campuses, but Harrisburg has so much to offer. The students are given numerous academic and social opportunities and the staff is very friendly and helpful.

Michelle
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Being part of Penn State University-Penn State Harrisburg, I have had the great opportunity to experience new experiences tha...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Being part of Penn State University-Penn State Harrisburg, I have had the great opportunity to experience new experiences that have help me shape who I am as a person today. Although you can get very bored at times, it's a great place to be in to study and relax.

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  • 4,200
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $14,828
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  • 85%

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