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.