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Penn State Harrisburg
Established 1966
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Madlyn L. Hanes
Faculty 160 full time
98 part time
Undergraduates 1,746 full-time
Postgraduates 1,695
Location Middletown, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban, 218 acres (890,000 m²)
Mascot Nittany Lion
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Penn State Harrisburg, also called The Capital College, is an undergraduate college and graduate school of the Pennsylvania State University. The main campus of Penn State Harrisburg is located in suburban Middletown, Pennsylvania, 9 miles (15 km) south of Harrisburg. The campus enrolls nearly 4,000 students and offers two associate, 27 baccalaureate, 20 master's, and two doctoral degrees as well as certificate and certification programs.

The Penn State Eastgate Center opened in 1991 in downtown Harrisburg and maintains 2 classrooms, 2 microcomputer labs, administrative offices and a student lounge. There is a conference room equipped with Polycom video conferencing equipment. State agencies such as the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System as well as hearing rooms for workers compensation also occupy space in the building.

Both traditional academic and continuing education courses are offered throughout the year. The Eastgate Center is home to the e-Commerce Center, which delivers business and technology related training to thousands of area residents each year.[1]


Undergraduate & graduate programs

Penn State Harrisburg offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout the Penn State system, including 26 of its own programs.

At the transfer level, the college serves students from all campuses of the Pennsylvania State University and students from community colleges and other accredited colleges and universities. Penn State students are encouraged to choose the Penn State Harrisburg Common Year Major as their curriculum prior to changing assignment to Penn State Harrisburg.

The college has an extensive selection of graduate programs. Applications are welcomed from students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from international students. The graduate programs are designed for the part-time student who can participate in an evening program.


Penn State Harrisburg's campus is easily accessible via major interstate routes and the Pennsylvania Turnpike at exit 247. Harrisburg International Airport is within one mile (1.6 km) of the campus, and public transportation serves the college. The Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Dickinson School of Law are also located nearby.


After a 10 year break from Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State Harrisburg has brought back the department as of Fall 2005. In this short amount of time they have been able to become members of NCAA division III and the NEAC (North Eastern Athletic Conference). Penn State Harrisburg houses the following teams; Men's & Women's Basketball, Men's & Women's Cross Country, Golf, Men's & Women's Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Men's & Women's Tennis, and Women's Volleyball. For more information visit Penn State Harrisburg Athletics


As a medium-sized academic library with 275,000 volumes, over 1 million pieces of microfilm, 1,430 journal subscriptions, and 300 databases, the Penn State Harrisburg Library was planned from the outset as a "hybrid" print/electronic library which would easily accommodate new technologies without sacrificing the personal warmth of the traditional library. The library is a 115,000-square-foot (10,700 m2) modern facility and officially opened on January 10, 2000, for the start of spring semester.

Research centers and institutes


The campus is built on the site of the decommissioned Olmsted Air Force Base. The Olmsted Building is the main facility and contains the majority of the campus's classrooms and computer labs. The campus food court, called Stacks Market, is located on the main level of the Olmsted Building. Ziegler Commons, an outdoor extension of the food court dining area, was completed in 2006.

In the past several years, major construction projects on campus have been undertaken to accommodate new and existing programs. Beginning with the expansion of the Science and Technology Building to complement study in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Pollution Control, the college has added a state-of-the-art library, new apartment-style housing for 300 students, an expanded food court and Town Square for student activities and an indoor aquatics center.

Other Activities Held On Campus

Penn State Harrisburg has hosted a Model United Nations meeting for high schools in the Harrisburg area for the past 36 years. The Penn State Harrisburg Model United Nations was founded in 1973 by Dr. Clem E. Gilpin, and the program has been held annually since. The most recent meeting was held in February 2008, but had to be canceled due to inclement weather. At the Model United Nations, students from local schools are chosen to represent and act as delegates for their assigned countries.


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Coordinates: 40°12′20″N 76°44′47″W / 40.205525°N 76.746433°W / 40.205525; -76.746433



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