College Fact Sheet
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established in 1964. We are the first and largest of Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges. HACC is the sole institution of its kind serving the Central Pennsylvania region.
All data is from fall 2019.
How many students attend HACC?
HACC currently serves more than 17,400 degree-seeking students and more than 8,300 remedial and workforce development students.
Since its first commencement ceremony in 1964, HACC has welcomed thousands of students to the alumni family.
Where and how does HACC offer classes?
- Adams County
- Cumberland County
- Dauphin County
- Franklin County
- Juniata County
- Lancaster County
- Lebanon County
- Mifflin County
- Perry County
- Schuylkill County
- York County
- Five campuses: Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York
- Off-site learning locations
- Online instruction through Virtual Learning
The breakdown of student population by campus location is:
- Gettysburg Campus: 11.0%
- Harrisburg Campus: 43.0%
- Lancaster Campus: 24.0%
- Lebanon Campus: 5.2%
- York Campus: 16.8%
The percentages above include students enrolled in online classes.
Why do students come to HACC?
Students attend HACC to:
- Transfer credits towards bachelor's degree programs at four-year colleges or universities
- Meet their individualized needs, including but not limited to:
Take classes while attending high school
- Participate in weekend workshops
- Complete associate degree programs online or in the classroom
- Obtain customized hands-on, affordable training
- Continue education beyond a degree
- Learn English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Prepare for a GED
What are some unique facts about HACC?
- We have the second largest active military and veteran population among public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.
- We train a significant number of police, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, dental hygienists and other service providers who work in our 11-county region.
- Fulbright scholars are among the faculty at HACC.
- Our students are regularly selected to participate in the Bucknell Community College Scholarship Program.
- We were one of the first six educational institutions to provide full iTunes U courses along with Duke University, Stanford University, Yale University, MIT and Open University.
What are the demographics of HACC students?
The average age of a HACC student is:
- 22.3 years old for full-time
- 25.8 years old for part-time
- 24.8 years old for overall average
The age breakdown is:
- 19 years and under: 36.1%
- 20 to 24 years: 28.8%
- 25 to 29 years: 13.2%
- 30 to 39 years: 13.3%
- 40 to 49 years: 5.7%
- 50 to 59 years: 2.4%
- 60 and over: 0.6%
The full-time to part-time breakdown is:
- 28.1% full-time
- 71.9% part-time
The gender breakdown is:
- 65% female
- 35.0% male
The racial groups by percentage of student population are:
- Caucasian: 65.4%
- African American: 9.8%
- Hispanic/Latino: 12.6%
- Asian: 4.2%
- Two or more races: 3.6%
- Unknown: 2.3%
- Non-resident alien: 1.9%
- Other: 0.4%
The breakdown of enrollment in the top five majors is:
- Nursing : 18.7%
- General Studies : 10.2%
- Business Administration: 6.5%
- Business: 2.8%
- Psychology: 2.6%
What is HACC's purpose?
HACC has adopted a new purpose statement to better represent our role in the community as a provider of quality educational experiences:
Our Purpose: Learning for all; learning for life.
Our 2019-22 Strategic Plan - One College, Uniting for Success – will guide the College in an ongoing transformation to better serve students, employees and our communities.
Does HACC have a library?
HACC has a library on each campus and online. The libraries offer:
- Over 140,000 books, audiovisual materials and journal titles in the libraries on the five campuses.
- Computers to use on campus and a limited number for short-term use at home.
- Online resources, including online databases, reference books, journals and guides. You can access these resources through the library website. Librarian support is also available through the website when the library is closed by clicking on the “Ask Us” link on the website.
Library staff expertise. HACC librarians provide one-on-one support. They do this in person and via online chat when the libraries are open. HACC librarians also teach more than 1,000 class sessions each year.
Is HACC accredited?
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits HACC. The Commission granted initial accreditation in April 1967.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has authorized HACC to award the associate degree. Specific programs receive national accreditation. Some programs have earned special accreditation.
What is workforce development?
HACC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division serves businesses and individuals in the community. We provide:
- Customized training opportunities
- Hands-on learning experiences
- Networking opportunities
HACC has offered workforce development for more than 40 years. This includes non-credit training in:
- Continuing education
- Information technology and computer applications
- Leadership and management
- Public safetytraining to include fire training, law enforcement training and emergency medical services training
What credentials can I earn from HACC?
- Associate in Arts (AA)
- Associate in Science (AS)
- Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Certificates of proficiency
HACC offers approximately 100 programs.
Will my credits transfer if I want to transfer to a four-year school after HACC?
HACC has articulation agreements with more than 65 institutions. These agreements allow students to transfer from two years at HACC to the third year at another institution.
Can I receive a reduced tuition rate if I am a Pennsylvania resident?
- Many students can receive the in-state tuition rate. You must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least one year.
- To receive a sponsored tuition rate, you must reside in one of the 22 sponsored school districts.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
Who makes up HACC's administration?
How many employees does HACC have
As of September 2020, HACC has:
- 58 full- or part-time administrators
- 185 full-time professionals
- 8 part-time professionals
- 274 full-time faculty
- 514 part-time faculty (count excludes non-credit adjuncts)
- 255 full-time classified
- 37 part-time classified
- 1,331 total employees
What is the HACC Foundation?
The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in 1985, it raises funds in support of HACC.
Learn more about the HACC Foundation.
View HACC's 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 Approved Budgets.
|Student Cr Hrs (Sponsored)||81,940||79,429||73,653||57,384||44,163|
|Student Cr Hrs (Non Spon)||235,150||243,415||237,513||231,753||217,496|
|Student Cr Hrs (Out of State)||10,418||12,096||15,161||13,610||13,235|
|Student Cr Hrs (College in the High School)||7,511||7,815||9,917||9,589||9,007|
|Total Student Cr Hrs||335,019||342,755||336,244||312,336||283,901|
|Tuition - Sponsored Student||$14,406,334||$14,082,716||$13,265,781||10,332,655||7,950,651|
|Tuition - Nonsponsored Student||49,158,555||52,006,860||51,518,621||51,418,530||48,259,026|
|Tuition - Out-of-State||2,493,024||3,096,577||3,970,886||3,633,069||3,532,944|
|Tuition - College in the High School||375,550||743,775||719,175||675,525|
|Tuition - Waivers and Discounts||(1,973,019)||(1,717,921)||(387,200)||(446,669)||(439,465)|
|Tuition - Dual Enrollment Waivers||(147,500)||(1,037,226)||(1,311,975)||(1,646,412)||(1,734,058)|
|Fees - Instructional||10,147,726||10,436,152||10,273,559||9,113,837||9,567,563|
|Noncredit Student Fees||6,579,421||6,716,310||7,439,923||7,621,944||7,600,656|
|Noncredit Fee Waivers and Discounts||(24,459)||(30,000)||(17,500)|
|Comm of PA [Incl. base FTE plus Stipends]||29,664,165||32,525,120||32,525,120||33,529,398||34,228,146|
|Total Payroll Expenditures||98,338,029||101,925,881||106,488,374||105,305,305||98,190,849|
|Cost of Sales||7,995,739||8,497,451||9,245,671||8,997,924||7,348,867|
|Repair & Maintenance||1,799,189||1,627,978||1,556,612||1,456,982||1,692,540|
|Meeting & Travel/Conf. Expenses||1,201,810||1,188,829||1,207,615||1,135,329||1,029,639|
|Total Operating Expenditures||32,674,956||32,527,907||31,447,167||31,004,230||29,743,168|
|Net Operating Increase (Decrease)||4,929,653||5,550,980||4,710,834||3,894,672||5,094,737|
|Net Change to Fund Balance||$101,810||$436,199||(1,719,895)||(2,773,126)||(1,707,144)|