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Need to speak to a faculty member for a story? Interested in hearing students' perspectives on a current issue? Central Penn's public relations team can point you in the right direction.

Sarah Blumenschein | Communications Coordinator
Office - (717) 728-2295
Mobile - (717) 576-3467

Lezli Austen | Public Relations Associate
Office - (717) 728-2228
Mobile - (717) 609-2996

  • Since 1881, Central Penn College has remained committed to providing a career-relevant education and professional atmosphere that best positions students for success. Central Penn’s supportive faculty and staff give students the personalized attention needed to eliminate boundaries, open new horizons and turn potential into career success.
  • Central Penn is a residential, multi-location college that offers bachelor’s and associate degrees to traditional-age and adult students. 
  • Tagline: “You can. You will.”
  • Phone Number: 1-800-759-2727
  • Central Penn ‘At a Glance:’
    • Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations; onsite degree completion programs at the McCann School of Business & Technology’s  Sunbury, Hazleton and Pottsville locations, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Pittsburgh Technical Institute and the Lebanon Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
    • Concentrated, quarterly terms allow students to get where they want to go faster, with the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees in three years, plus an internship, and associate degrees in 15-22 months, plus an internship*
    • Evening and online courses available; Four-day traditional week
    • Offers degree programs in fully-online and hybrid (a mix of online and onsite courses) delivery formats 
    • Internships required in every program; Continuing education students complete capstone courses
    • Experienced faculty, including part-time instructors who work in the field they teach
    • Average class size: 16
    • Hands-on learning labs for criminal justice, medical assisting, occupational therapy assistant and physical therapist assistant majors
    • No dorm living; Central Penn provides apartments and townhouses
    • Maintains an appearance policy that develops good habits and builds professional wardrobes
    • Financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs, is available for students who qualify
  • Located just five minutes from the heart of downtown Harrisburg, Central Penn’s main campus is in Summerdale—a beautiful, quiet neighborhood (600 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093-0309).
    • Central Penn Lancaster: 1905 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster PA, 17602
    • Central Penn Lehigh Valley: 1455 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA 18017, Suite 200
  • Based on our most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9% were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation.**
  • Total Students: 1,402 (Fall 2012 enrollment); Diverse students from cities, towns and rural areas: 
    • 468 traditional students – 33% of population
    • 934 continuing education/online students – 67% of population
    • 33% minority
    • 66% female / 34% male
    • 78% bachelor’s degree students / 21% associate degree students / 1% other
    • 22% full-time students / 78% part-time students
    • 519 fully-online degree students – 37% of  population
    • 883 in classroom students – 63% of population
  • Interim President & Chief Academic Officer – Dr. Melissa Vayda
  • Central Penn employs 247 full- and part-time faculty and staff members
  • In addition to four academic buildings, amphitheatre, conference center, library, student fellowship area and historic bridge and farmhouse, the 35-acre campus includes furnished apartments, townhouses, recreational facilities and a child development center. 
  • Quarterly, 11-Week Terms:
    • Fall Term 2012 Begins Oct. 8, 2012; Ends Dec. 22, 2012 
    • Winter Term 2013 Begins Jan. 7, 2013; Ends March 23, 2013
    • Spring Term 2013 Begins April 3, 2013; Ends June 22, 2013
    • Summer Term 2013 Begins July 8, 2013; Ends Sept. 21, 2013
  • Mission: Central Penn College’s mission is to provide an education that prepares its graduates to obtain employment or advancement in their chosen field, continue their education and be contributing members of society.
  • Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 
  • Tuition: 
    • Per Credit:  $415
    • Per Term – (12 credits): $4,980
  • Housing Fees (per term):
    • Townhouse bedroom   $1,600
    • Apartment bedroom   $1,380
  • Board Fees (per term): 
    • Meal plan option 1 $375
    • Meal plan option 2 $475
    • Meal plan option 3 $575
    • Cable TV/Internet/Utilities Fee $310
  • Student/Technology Fees:
    • Five or more credits  $255
    • Four or less credits $156

* The program length is designed for the typical student who is enrolled full time and completes and passes every course required for graduation in the specified time frame.

** Central Penn College 2010-2011 One-Year Graduate Follow-Up Report, July 6, 2012. For more information, visit www.centralpenn.edu/success