Students walk into Juniata Hall on the Penn State Harrisburg campus. Copyright Halkin Photography.

About Us

About the Campus

Located on the former site of Olmsted Air Force Base, Penn State Harrisburg offers many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. With an enrollment of over 5,000 students, Penn State Harrisburg is one of the University’s largest commonwealth campuses and enjoys a diverse population of both students and faculty. The campus offers many undergraduate degrees, graduate, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate and certification programs. The campus is conveniently located minutes from many outdoor activities, concerts, shows, sporting events, and downtown Harrisburg.

Living Environment

The Village Housing area offers housing for upper-class and first-year students and a Community Center for socializing and activities. First-year students have a choice of apartments or suites. The first-year student apartments offer either four single-occupancy bedrooms or two-double/two-triple occupancy bedrooms, and both apartment types include bathrooms, a living room, and study area. The suites offer two double-occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom. First-year students are required to purchase the Campus Meal Plan as part of their room and board contract. Upper-class students live in apartments that offer four single-occupancy bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and two full bathrooms.

Campus Dining

Conveniently located in the Olmsted Building, Stacks Market offers a full-scale food court and can serve your on-campus meal needs. The food court is just a short walk from just about anywhere on campus. Enjoy an extensive menu, including grilled specialties, fresh pasta, soups, sandwiches, pizza, hearty entrees, and daily specials. A special feature of Stacks is the brick oven, where delicious fresh pizza, hearth-baked breads, and other menu items are made daily.

If you need a hot drink or snack on the go, stop in at Biscotti’s Coffee Bar, also located in the Olmsted Building. You can enjoy coffee house staples, along with grab 'n go sandwiches and salads, tempting desserts, pastries, and specialty beverages.

The Outpost, located in the Student Enrichment Center, offers handcrafted sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, flatbread pizzas, mac & cheese bowls, and made-to-order burritos and burrito bowls for lunch and dinner. Pastries and desserts, as well as Pepsi® and Starbucks® beverages, are available all day.

Provisions Convenience Store, also located in the Student Enrichment Center, offers retail items such as drinks, snacks, candy, health, and beauty items. No need to leave campus to purchase items like laundry detergent, canned goods, or frozen foods - a quick walk through the SEC will get you the supplies you need.

Social and Recreational Opportunities

When you live on campus, there is a lot to do. You can get in shape at the fitness center, play sports at our recreational fields, or take a dip in the swimming pool. We also provide a variety of intramural and recreational programs. There are more than 80 clubs and organizations to join, including student government and Lion Ambassadors.