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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Sales and marketing is great. HACC does a great job of teaching the program.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Its great, the facility is always helpful and encouraging. They encourage us to ask questions and ask for help if needed. For example, the tutoring center is some all professors want us to try out, in order to achieve our goals in class.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The class registration process is so easy and stress free, not just that but the staff is always helping to get the right classes that work for the students.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Since I'm only taking some general education course to transfer to another university I don't have a specific major. But the classes I needed were available at the times of the day/week that worked for me. The classes easily transferred to my next university.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I'll be transferring and needed some last minute Gen. Ed. classes, which HACC had and they worked easily with me to get what I needed.


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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 35 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 30% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 8% Will help me switch careers
  • 4% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time
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