Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Harrisburg University is one of the top 25 colleges in the U.S.!

The U.S.Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center displays information about tuition and net prices at postsecondary institutions. The site highlights institutions with high and low tuition and fees as well as high and low net prices (the price of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid). It also shows institutions where tuition and fees and net prices are increasing at the highest rates.

How did Harrisburg University fare?

If you do a search on "Private, not-for profit, 4 year or above, lowest tuition" you'll get a list of the schools in the U.S. that have the lowest tuition. You'll get about 70 results. Harrisburg University is not even close to being on that list. Although administration claims that Harrisburg University has "very low tuition", the truth is (there is that phrase again) that the tuition costs at Harrisburg University are about average.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed. College Affordability and Transparency Center

We can also look at institutions that have the highest increases in tuition and fees and net prices (price of attendance after grant and scholarship aid). Data are for full-time beginning undergraduate students.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed. College Affordability and Transparency Center

Harrisburg University is 24th on the list for the entire U.S. of colleges with the highest increases in tuition, fees and net price.  

Harrisburg University Ranks in the top 25 locally too!

Source: CPBJ
The Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) recently released the Higher Education Guide 2011. Harrisburg University of Science and technology was ranked 21st amongst local colleges by total enrollment (391 students).  Last year they were rated 22nd. So it's an improvement! Harrisburg University's public relations department didn't even comment on the ranking.  I guess Harrisburg University couldn't get the CPBJ to fake the enrollment numbers.


You can fight back. Contact local politicians, file complaints with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.


  1. Once again Eric thinks we are too stupid to recognize that HU is not Gettysburg or E-town. You can't compare their tuition to HU since they are real colleges and HU is not.

  2. In my point of view an educational system is n0t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but does not teach them how to make a life.