After some growing pains Harrisburg University continues expansion efforts.

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is home to more than 5300 undergraduate, graduate and online students.  

It opened in 2005 and University President Dr. Eric Darr says there has been progress over the years.  “We had less than 100 students,” said Darr, “We considered them pioneers for a lot of reasons.”

Some called plans for the university a bold risky venture.  Darr says there were some financial hurdles.  “When you start a new university, there are costs to incur,” said Darr,

“There are facility costs and unless you have enough tuition revenue to cover all that, there will be problems, and fortunately today we are in a much better spot.”

Sam Delvalle-Trinh is a sophomore from Philadelphia.  She says there are benefits in the classroom that make Harrisburg University an attractive place to get an education. 

“I did look at other schools in Philadelphia, said Delvalle-Trinh,” But I felt the student to professor ratio was really beneficial, because the professors really get to know you as a person.”

Darr says they opened a branch campus in Philadelphia and plans to begin construction on a $150 million Health Sciences addition in Harrisburg are still on target.

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