Harrisburg U. Philly campus to move, expand
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is about to move to a new, larger center-city location in Philadelphia, one that will allow the college's students to start and finish their education in the city of brotherly love.
This coming January, Harrisburg University will expand into a new 38,000-square-foot renovated space in Center City, HU officials said Thursday.
The new campus is at 1500 Spring Garden St.
"It completely changes what we do in Philadelphia. It's a great opportunity," HU President Eric Darr said in a statement from the university.
For the past three years, HU has held courses for first-year students in an 8,000-square-foot location in the Bourse Building on Independence Mall, also in Center City.
Following their freshman year, HU Philadelphia students were required to transfer to the university's main campus in downtown Harrisburg, officials said.
Now, the Middle States Commission of Higher Education has green-lighted HU's plan to offer bachelor's degrees in interactive media, computer science and data analytics at the new Spring Garden Street location, HU officials said.
HU also is studying the possibility of offering master's degree programs at its Philadelphia campus, which, as it does in the Bourse Building, the university will share with Hussian College, a four-year graphic design and illustration school.
HU's Philadelphia students will have access to Harrisburg University’s 350,000-square-foot facility in downtown Harrisburg. And students on the Harrisburg campus can take part in all activities at the Philadelphia location, which will be able to accommodate up to 500 students, university officials said.
"The connection between the two locations will be strong, whether it's internship opportunities, faculty sharing two campuses and resources," Darr said. "There will be all kinds of benefits to both."
Designed by design and consulting firm Stantec Inc., HU's new Philadelphia location is across the street from the Community College of Philadelphia. Darr said he also hopes to strengthen HU's partnership with the college and establish new educational pathways for its students.