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(Harrisburg, PA)–Harrisburg University is enjoying more success in 2022.  The University recently received official notification on March 10 from Middle States Commission on Higher Education that the University’s accreditation status is reaffirmed. 

“This shows that Harrisburg University meets the very high standards set by the commission without exception,” says Dr. Eric Darr, president, Harrisburg University.  “Middle States accreditation is an expression of confidence in our mission and goals, our performance, and our resources.”

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Accreditation is a voluntary process that colleges, universities, and academic programs undertake in order to demonstrate their quality. The accreditation process helps universities improve their performance and streamlines requirements from one college to the next. This eases the transfer process for students, and ensures schools are meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and professionalism.

This is the latest in a series of achievements during 2022 for the private STEM-focused university:

  • In January the GIANT Company announced a $1 million donation to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in support of its new Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability, which will be focused on sustainability and localized sourcing through high-tech food and agriculture.
  • UPMC and Harrisburg University in February announced the opening of the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing at UPMC Harrisburg. The new school will help bring more critically important nurses to the region and give area residents the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing through an affordable, accelerated program.
  • Despite Covid-19, construction continues for the new $100-million Science Education Center at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Harrisburg with the opening set for January 2023. 
  • In March, Corporate LiveWire named Harrisburg University the Best STEM University in the U.S. for the fourth time. 

“The validation of our academic standards is one of the many reasons our donors and strategic partners choose to work with us,” says Ryan Riley, vice president for advancement, Harrisburg University. “The rigorous evaluation of Middle States ensures donors that their philanthropic investment is well invested in our students.”   

The University plans to showcase its achievements during itsAnnual Gala celebration at the Hilton Harrisburg at 6 p.m. on May 7.  During each Gala, the University also honors HU supporters with its Impact Award. This year’s awardees are longtime University supporters Tim Weston and Mary Webber Weston.

About the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Because MSCHE is an institutional accreditor, we examine institutions as a whole rather than specific programs within institutions. MSCHE provides education, quality assurance, and other services to members.  MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities, including the evaluation of distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE accredits institutions across the United States as well as globally.


Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private nonprofit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email,