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Penn State students start back to class on Monday

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/21/19

The welcome banner is up at Main and Union steets in Middletown, and thousands of Penn State Harrisburg students are rolling in for the fall semester.

About 1,050 new first-year students are …

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Penn State students start back to class on Monday

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The welcome banner is up at Main and Union steets in Middletown, and thousands of Penn State Harrisburg students are rolling in for the fall semester.

About 1,050 new first-year students are arriving and settling in this week. A “block party” on campus to welcome new students will be held Friday.

Students start hitting the books for the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 26.

Typically, Penn State Harrisburg has been running a total enrollment of about 5,000 students each year. Second only to the main campus at State College, Penn State Harrisburg is the largest campus in the Penn State system.

However, enrollment data to come up with a firm overall figure is not available until later in the semester, Penn State Harrisburg spokeswoman Yvonne Harhigh told the Press & Journal in an email.

With regards to the new first-year class, the roughly 1,050 new students is about the same size as the class that entered a year ago, Harhigh said.

Not counting Pennsylvania and the United States, the new students come from 31 other states and represent eight other countries.

The new class includes 190 new international students, a decrease compared to previous years, Harhigh said. The campus had about 700 international students total from 49 countries in the 2017-18 school year.

Sixty-one percent of the new class is male, and 39 percent female. The most popular majors are in business, science, and engineering.