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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Harrisburg University
Established 2001
Type Private
Endowment US $40-million Connect Campaign launched on November, 2006 [1]
President Melvyn D. Schiavelli
Provost Eric D. Darr
Faculty 66 full and part-time (2009) [2]
Students 569 (2009)
Location Harrisburg, PA, USA
Campus Urban
Tuition US $$9,000 full-time 12-16 credit hours
Colors Green and gold
Nickname HU
Affiliations ACE, NSF
Website www.harrisburgu.edu/

The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is a private research university located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The university offers applied programs in the nationally critical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines for a diversity of student learners. The University also matches students with mentors and requires internships. Harrisburg University is the first private, non-profit science and technology focused university to be chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in more than 100 years.[1]. The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement is located at the university.



Established in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University is a private institution that produces graduates in science and technology disciplines. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[2]

Location and campus

Harrisburg University Academic Center

The University's facilities include a 16-story $73-million Academic Center at the corner of Fourth and Market streets. The Academic Center has room for 1,600 students spread out among 24 classrooms, six scientific teaching labs, a 20,000 volume library, 125-seat auditorium, six student meeting areas, a multi-media production facility and a courtyard.


Harrisburg University maintains undergraduate and graduate programs in science and technology related disciplines. The student/faculty ratio is 9 to 1 with an average class size of 12 and 100% of the full-time faculty has a Ph.D. or higher. The university follows a trimester system.

Bachelor of Science Programs (B.S.)

Concentrations include Molecular and Microbial, Food Science, Nanotechnology

Concentrations include Computer Security, New Media Design, IT Project Management & Analysis.

Concentrations include Management, eBusiness, Technology.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an emerging high-tech field. This program allows students to master GIS related software. Some courses include: Intro to GIS, Geography, Cartography, Geospatial Technology, GIS Policy, Spatial Statistics, Satellite Remote Sensing.

Concentrations include biology, biological chemistry, chemistry, forensics.

Master of Science Degrees (M.S.)

The 36-credit-hour degree program covers essential skills and topics including procurement and risk management, to systems integration and organizational leadership. Additionally, the curriculum has received Registered Education Provider (REP) status through the Project Management Institute (PMI), providing preparation for the nationally recognized PMP certification.

This is a 36 semester credit hour program that provides students with leading edge approaches and skills to help them apply existing and emerging learning technologies in a variety of learning environments.

The 36-credit-hour degree program provides students with both technical and business skills to advance further in careers in information systems, and features renowned faculty teaching an interdisciplinary blend of information systems, systems engineering, and engineering management. Graduates are ready to lead, manage, and engineer the complex IT systems needed to support businesses and other organizations.

Certificate programs

  • GIS Technologist and Developer Certificate
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Forensic Biotechnology

Information Technology Project Management Specialized Graduate Certificates:

  • Managing Software Development Projects
  • Business Analysis for Project Management
  • IT Project Management

Non-Credit IT courses

The University offers computer science training classes taught by professionals over the internet.

Student life

Harrisburg University partners with many local civic organizations, such as the Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), to involve students in the community. HYP members mentor students and participate in community events. In 2009, the Harrisburg University Bulletin (HUB) was founded. It serves as an independent student-run newspaper and a platform for student opinion and literature.


There are 569 students enrolled at Harrisburg University. Of these students, 42% are of ethnic minority and 98% demonstrate a need for financial aid.


HU says students can maintain their apartment, or commute from home. HU has two options featured on their website, the Harrisburg International House and the Pennsylvania Place. The Harrisburg International House is an HU housing partner.


The National Center for Science & Civic Engagement, located at Harrisburg University, supports and disseminates campus-based science education reform strategies that strengthen learning and build civic responsibility among students. The Center’s programs teach basic science and mathematics through a focus on some of the most important and complex civic issues facing society today. The center also operates offices in Somerset, New Jersey and Washington D.C., and administers projects such as the internationally-known Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities(SENCER), which is supported by a major grant from the National Science Foundation.

Nearly 200 colleges and universities in more than 40 states and 10 foreign nations are working on the project, with faculty teaching SENCER courses to strengthen student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) by providing them with real-life problems and issues to which the various disciplines can be applied. Issues range from health challenges like asthma, HIV, diabetes, emerging infectious diseases and tuberculosis, to matters involving transportation, energy and environment, as well as specific civic concerns, such as maximizing the accuracy of the census and methods of voting.

Founded in 2007, the University is also home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment Learning Technologies. The CAELT is a collaborative partnership between HU and Carnegie Mellon University.

See also

  • SciTech High School - regional math and science magnet high school affiliated with Harrisburg University


  1. ^ "Can a Start-Up College Revive a City?". insidehighered.com. 15 November 2006. http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/11/15/harrisburg. Retrieved 2006-12-20.  
  2. ^ Fischer, Karin (June 26, 2009). "Corporate Ties Help Build a University From the Ground Up". The Chronicle of Higher Education LV (40): A19.  

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Coordinates: 40°15′43″N 76°52′49″W / 40.2619°N 76.8802°W / 40.2619; -76.8802



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