Academic Experience

Undergrads
22,907
Tuition (in-state)
$8,562 ($5,898)
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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience at Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg: Honestly I don't know enough about my major here. I'm transfering only after doing General Education credits.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience at Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg: it's a decent school with small class, but it doesn't carry the same professionalism as other University or State Colleges might.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience at Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg: The main problem I am seeing is that schools are not supporting teachers as much as they should. Teachers are scared that they will get fired and they are mostly adjunct. I also have a problem with how my school is using the financial aid that the government has given them for the year. According to the US Government, I should have received $5,500 in grant money. My school decided that I should only receive $2,300. They are making me go into debt unnecessarily and for credit that they chose not to transfer from my old school. I had 20 credits from my old school and 3 writing courses and they only chose to transfer the middle ranked class. I am pretty upset with them but I can't say more to them without risking expulsion since every financial aid counselor knows my name and case because the US department of education considers everyone under 24 still a child even though I haven't lived with my dad for over 5 years.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience at Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg: I am in my second term there. There is a lot offered. However, I knew kids that committed suicide because of the debt and it is stressful. Worrying about the money is harder than worrying about the classes and I am full time student with a part time job.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience at Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg: I am a nursing student. Many students go to this school to become RNs and love the clinicals portion of the major.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 474th
    Best Class Availability
  • 630th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 663rd
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1328th
    Least Stressful Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Callan Campbell
Hometown
Williamstown
Major
Humanities, Languages, and the Arts
Grad Year
2011
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Harrisburg Area Community College provides a virtual campus and five physical campuses located in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. With relatively small class groups on all campuses, professors are able to give the proper focus and aid needed to ensure that students are understanding and succeeding in their respective courses. Professors are also willing to help students with questions and provide resources to improve their learning comprehension and experience. There are also many on-campus resources available from advisers, library assistants, and tutors in various subjects.

Class sessions and overall course conduct vary from physical to virtual campuses. On a physical campus, a typical classroom session is not unlike what you would expect, with a lecture followed by either in-depth questions and answers or homework discussions. The physical campus is an ideal environment for students who prefer hands-on learning. This, of course, varies between professors. The virtual campus, however, is conducted with no regulated face-to-face communication. It’s based more on emails, a detailed syllabus, and discussion posts, although many professors have office times to contact them over the phone or have a meeting on their respective campus. As a result, virtual campus is best suited for students who are able to learn and complete assignments independently, with less interaction between the students and the professors.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
317
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,156
Full-Time Retention Rate
58%
Part-Time Retention Rate
45%
Transfer-Out Rate
16%
Graduation Rate
13%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Available at All Branches
Academic: Available at All Branches
Continuing Professional: Not Available
Recreational/Avocational: Available at All Branches
Adult Basic Remedial: Available at All Branches
Secondary (High School): Not Available
Programs/Majors Offered
107 - 107
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • General Studies
  • Registered Nursing (RN)
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Available at All Branches
Study Abroad: Available at All Branches
Weekend/Evening College: Available at All Branches
Teacher Certification: Not Available
Class Sizes
Class sizes vary, with full capacity ranging from 25 to 30 students per class.
Student/Professor Relationships
Typically, students have pretty close relationships with their professors. There's a lot of one-on-one attention.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Every professor is different, but generally everything from homework to random assignments to final exams weigh in to a final grade. Typically, final exams have the most weight.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A professor will lecture, and then there's a discussion.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
On the first day, you get a syllabus that sets the pace for the rest of the semester. There are usually two to four major projects/exams along with other random assignments and quizzes throughout the semester.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
One of the good things to know before attending HACC is the campus layout. Knowing where the service offices, library, computer lab, and various classrooms are is vital in getting a head start in utilizing all of the resources the College has to offer.
Tips to Succeed
  • Manage your time well.
  • Stay on course with your studies and take notes.
Full-Time Faculty
419
Female Faculty
Unknown
Male Faculty
42%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0% African American: Unknown
Asian American: Unknown
Hispanic: Unknown
International: Unknown
Native American: Unknown
White: Unknown
Unknown: Unknown African American: Unknown
Asian American: Unknown
Hispanic: Unknown
International: Unknown
Native American: Unknown
White: Unknown
Unknown: Unknown
Average Faculty Salary
$51,087
Academic/Career Counseling
Available at All Branches
Remedial Services
Available at All Branches

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 156 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 9% Learned a few new things
  • 8% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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