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Harrisburg Area Community College is a public institution located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Harrisburg Area Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at HACC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Online Computer Software Applications Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Online Information Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Computer Software Applications Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Information Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Information Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards HACC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Computer Support Specialist Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Best Computer Support Specialist Schools College Factual
#34 Best Value Colleges for Computer Software & Applications College Factual
#54 Best Value Colleges for Information Technology College Factual
#61 Best Value Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#130 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual

Where Is Harrisburg Area Community College?


Contact details for HACC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Hacc Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17110-2999
Phone: 717-780-2300

How Do I Get Into HACC?

You can apply to HACC online at:

Harrisburg Area Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Harrisburg Area Community College?

49% Take Out Loans
15.8% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At HACC, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $4,822 a year. That adds up to $19,288 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at HACC is 15.8%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Harrisburg Area Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,172 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,376 undergraduate students at HACC, with 4,172 being full-time and 11,204 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 4,172 full-time undergraduates at HACC, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Harrisburg Area Community College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 218
Black or African American 347
Hispanic or Latino 477
White 2,675
International Students 134
Other Races/Ethnicities 321

Over 66 countries are represented at HACC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Harrisburg Area Community College

3,835 Took All Classes Online
7,759 Took At Least One Class Online
10.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,759 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at HACC has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 5th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of HACC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Harrisburg Area Community College was 10.1%. This is the #1,034 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at HACC regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at HACC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at HACC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Support Specialist #11
Web & Multimedia Design #75
Computer Software & Applications #103
General Computer & Information Sciences #156
Information Technology #220
Computer Information Systems #290

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Harrisburg Area Community College Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

General Computer & Information Sciences 0
Computer Science 0
Web & Multimedia Design 0
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 0
General Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications 0
Computer & IS Security 0
Computer Support Specialist 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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