Academic Experience

Lancaster, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$8,505 ($5,790)
Branch Campus Of
Harrisburg Area Community College
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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: There are some very good professors, who teach psychology and human services courses at HACC. The teachers that I have had have practical experience with the subjects they teach. It is a much more enriching and enjoyable experience to take abnormal psychology with someone who worked in a state hospital as opposed to someone who just studied it.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I really don't think that I've had a bad teacher during my time at HACC. All of them have been very knowledgeable about the subject that they teach. They also are very available to students. Because of the smaller class sizes, they are able to interact with individual students and offer extra help and support.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I had an excellent experience at HACC-Lancaster Campus. Great faculty, good scholarships, good events. Advising left much to be desired.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Professors were excellent, although I must admit I always use ratemyprofessors, so good choices may have played a part in my good experience. Good visual aids, good energy, great online resources, and great library staff.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I think this school offers an outstanding education for a community college and you just can't beat the price. I love the small size that's not so overwhelming to new students and the smaller class sizes as well. The work load is just as much as you would expect at a bigger school, but the scheduling is easy so I can still work and go to school at the same time. I find everything about this school easy and comfortable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a school that is willing to work with their busy schedules.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 127th
    Best Class Availability
  • 361st
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 775th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 835th
    Best Class Sizes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Hoffman
Lancaster PA
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The academics at Harrisburg Area Community College–Lancaster are excellent. There are many oppotunities for each and every student, ranging from G.E.D. courses to continuing education classes. HACC has a police academy in Harrisburg, which comes with a state-of-the-art crime lab. Students of HACC branches can use available technology and laboratories on all campuses.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Classes are pretty small at HACC.
Student/Professor Relationships
Most professors take active roles in teaching and are available to meet with students outside of class.
Testing & Grading Procedures
At HACC Lancaster, all professors give out a class syllabus. You can also find grading scales and your final grades for classes online.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A typical lecture at HACC starts out with the professor taking roll. Then they go over the previous topic as a review. Then they go into the lecture on the topic that is being presented. Discussions and questions as well as note taking go on at this time. Some professors offer time after class to go over questions the students have to better clarify information.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Usually the first week is the same from class to class. The professor will do a brief introduction of themselves and the course itself. They go over the syllabus in detail and answer questions. You then move into the course material. Notes from lectures are not mandatory, but they are a huge help when reviewing for tests. Most professors outline or inform the student about the material on the final exam. If you are struggling with a course, tutors are available. Breaks around mid term are helpful as well.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
The average cost of other schools is higher.
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions and ask for advice.
  • Make sure you understand everything you have questions about.
  • Put your best foot forward and don't forget to study!
  • Remember, no question is a stupid question.
  • Talk things over with your adviser in depth.
  • Utilize the College's resources.
Full-Time Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Did You Know?
HACC has a variety of study abroad courses.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 30 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 30% Will advance my career
  • 27% Learned a lot of new things
  • 9% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time
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