Accreditation and Approvals

  • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Program offerings are authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Post-secondary and Adult Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126.
  • Approved to participate in the federal Title IV, HEA student assistance programs by the U.S. Department of Education, 7th & D Streets, SW, Washington, DC 20202.
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for veterans and eligible dependents to obtain education benefits through the Veteran’s Administration (VA).
  • Approved by the Veterans Administration to participate in the “Yellow Ribbon” program.
  • Harrisburg University of Science & Technology has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education. For a list of states and institutions that participate in NC-SARA, please visit
  • Authorized under federal law by the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-USICE) as an eligible institution for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to enroll non-immigrant students.
  • An articulation agreement with another institution of higher education permits students enrolled in certain associate degree programs to transfer credits into specific degree programs at the university. The university has articulation agreements with the following institutions: Alvernia University, Community College of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Area Community College; Community College of Baltimore County; Lehigh Carbon Community College; and, the Hussian College of Art. Additional articulation agreements are being pursued with various institutions of higher education.
  • A consortium agreement with another institution of higher education allows a student to remain enrolled at the university while also taking credits at the visiting institution. The university has a consortium agreement for certain nanobiotechnology courses with The Pennsylvania State University – University Park Campus, and, the university has a consortium agreement for certain computer science courses with Saint Francis University.
  • The university has course articulation agreements 24 secondary schools. Please see page 9 of the Undergraduate Catalog using.
  • Harrisburg University’s undergraduate Computer and Information Sciences program is ABET-Accredited, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Articulation Agreements
A list of articulation/transfer agreements with other schools can be found in the course catalog on Page 6

Educational Programs
Please see pages 60-187 (undergraduate programs) or 40-70 (graduate programs) using the Catalog link.

Please see page 192 of the Undergraduate Catalog and page 115 of the Graduate Catalog.

Transfer of Credit Policy
Please see page 37 (undergraduate) and page 24 (graduate) of the Catalog.

Textbook Information
Textbook information is available at All textbook information is distributed to students at the time of registration on the course schedule. HU uses an online bookstore for its students. For information, Click Here.

Price of Attendance 2019-2020

Tuition payment or satisfactory arrangement to pay tuition due is required before the first day of class. Part-time tuition is charged at the per semester hour rate . Full-time undergraduate tuition charges of $11,950 are for 12 to 17 semester hours. An undergraduate student who registers for more than 17 semester hours is subject to additional tuition costs at the per-semester hour rate (for example, tuition charged for 18 semester hours will be $11,950 + $1000 or $12,950). An undergraduate student who registers for 11 semester hours or fewer is charged the per semester hour rate multiplied by the number of registered semester hours.

The domestic graduate tuition rate is $800 per credit hour.

For information on Student Tuition click here.

For information on International Student Tuition click here.

Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid
Please see page 19 of the Undergrad Catalog and page 15 of the Graduate Catalog.

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Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
The university buildings are accessible for persons with physical disabilities. Enhanced listening devices are available for the hearing-impaired. There are no other special accommodations or on-site services for students with other types of disabilities.

Copyright Infringement Policy
Please see page 203 of the Undergraduate Catalog and page 127 of the Graduate Catalog.

Computer Use and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
Please see page 202 of the Undergraduate Catalog and page 126 of the Graduate Catalog.

Student Diversity
The university is an urban institution that has a significant minority population.

The Chronicle of Higher Education puts Harrisburg University of Science and Technology among the top four-year colleges with the best increases in percentages of underrepresented minorities. The University ranks second among private nonprofit master’s institutions, placing ahead of 400 other institutions of higher learning in that category. The ranking examines the percentage of underrepresented minorities at each institution in fall 2010 and compares to fall 2016. Harrisburg University’s numbers increased from 21.5 percent in 2010 to 50 percent in 2016. It is a 28.5 percent increase over the decade.

The University’s minority population is now 60 percent.

* The article appears on page A33 in the November 16th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Student Services and Activities
The Office of Student Services provides educational, personal, and professional support to promote student development and success. The Office of Student Services, in collaboration with other staff and faculty, enhances the mission of the University by providing an inclusive campus community, promoting leadership opportunities, and providing resources and programming to facilitate academic success. Please see page 27 of the Undergraduate Catalog and page 17 of the Graduate Catalog links.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act 

Harrisburg University Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)

Career and Job Placement Services
Career and employment assistance is coordinated by the office of Employer Relations and Career Development. A survey of the 2018 graduates at May commencement showed 92 percent of the graduates who responded to a survey were employed in their field of study or accepted to graduate school within six months after graduation.

Student Financial Assistance

Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Program
Please see pages 22 of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Please see the Student Handbook.

Student Loan Information  Initial Loan Counseling and Exit Counseling
Please refer to the Federal Direct Loan website at


Health & Safety

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
Please see the Student Handbook

Vaccination Policy
The university does not require any specialized vaccinations. The student and parent are asked to self-certify that vaccinations required by state law for attendance in grades K-12 have been met.

For the Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the University’s website at

Harrisburg Campus


Student Outcomes

Retention Rate 

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in Fall 2018and returned in Fall 2019 was 70 percent.

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in Fall 2017 and returned in Fall 2018 was 72%.

Graduation Rate 

The 6-year graduation rate for those undergraduate students who began their studies in Fall 2013 was 26%.

Transfer-Out Rate 

The transfer-out rate for Fall 2013 first-time, full-time students was 9%.

Job Placement for Graduates
Job placement assistance is available and coordinated by the Office of Student Services.

Job Placement Rate for 2019 Graduates
The job placement rate is 95 percent of students who graduated with a BS degree in 2019 and responded to a survey that they were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Graduate Student (M.S. degree) Job Placement Rate
The job placement rate for all MS degree graduated students from 2019 is 100%.

Voter Registration
Pennsylvania voter registration information is available at

Pell Grant and Stafford Loan Graduation Rate Report

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) (Sec. 488(a)(3)) states that completion or graduation rates must be disaggregated by:

  • recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  • recipients of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant; and
  • recipients who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a subsidized Stafford Loan

In accordance with the applicable statutes, Harrisburg University’s disaggregated graduation rates for first-time, full- time degree-seeking students that enrolled in Fall 2013 are:

Pell Grant Recipients     24%
Stafford Loan Recipients with no Pell Grant         29%
No Pell Grant or Stafford Loan   33%


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