Harcum College

Harcum College

Harcum College was founded by Octavius and Edith Harcum as the Harcum Post Graduate School in October of 1915. It opened as a preparatory school for women, but soon became a women's junior college. The Junto Adult School purchased the college in 1952, and began enrolling male students in the 1970s. However, Harcum College did not officially become coeducational until 2003. The college's campus is located in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia.

Harcum College offers majors in subjects like criminal justice, fashion design and merchandising, nursing, veterinary technology, legal studies, and radiologic technology. A number of associate's degree and certificate programs, as well as continuing education courses are offered through the following academic divisions:

  • Center for Allied Health Sciences
  • Center for Business & Professional Studies
  • Center for Human Services
  • Center for International Programs
  • School of Continuing Studies

The sports teams of Harcum College are nicknamed the Bears. The athletics department fields teams in basketball, track and field, and volleyball. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II, Region 19.

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Contacting Harcum

Harcum College
750 Montgomery Ave
Bryn Mawr , PA 19010-3470
General Phone: (610) 525-4100

Harcum Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Medical Support and Technology107health service and sciences, dental assistant, dental hygienist, veterinary assistant, allied health and medical assisting, electroencephalographic tech, radiographer, medical lab tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine67registered nursing
Education and Teaching16urban education
Therapy and Counseling12psychology, physical therapist assistant, massage therapy
Design9fashion design, interior design
Business and Management8business management, retail
Family and Social Work5child care provider
Liberal Arts4liberal arts and sciences
Security and Law Enforcement2criminal justice and administration
Law2legal studies
Animal Science and Care2animal health
Medical Administration1health care administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy1sports and fitness management, recreational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering0information science
Construction Trades0apparel and textile marketing

Number of programs and degrees for Harcum in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree23427
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years21
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years01

Harcum Student Body

In 2007-2008, Harcum had a total enrollment of 947 students (828 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Full-Time 87%
Part-Time 13%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 35%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 17%
20-21 19%
22-24 14%
25-29 16%
30-34 8%
35-39 8%
40-49 12%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey4%
New York2%

Harcum Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 48 %
Part-Time 40 %

Harcum Room and Board (2007)

Harcum offers campus housing for 342 of its 828 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Harcum Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Harcum Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,510
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,510
Room and board $ 7,680
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 3,900

Financial Aid:
Harcum participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 327200)

Harcum Faculty

Harcum has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*3$64,117
Associate professorcalendar year0*6$60,825
Assistant professorcalendar year2*15$50,807
Instructorcalendar year0*4$59,450
All faculty totalcalendar year3$56,95028$55,614

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year0*1*
Associate professoracademic year0*3$45,967
Assistant professoracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year1*4$49,100

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Harcum Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports099

Harcum Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Animal Health

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Information Science/Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Urban Education and Leadership

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Tech/Tech
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General

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Harcum Highlights

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What Sets Harcum Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 8%Harcum % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Harcum Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Harcum Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Harcum Female % of student body
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Harcum % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Harcum Number of students
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Harcum Salaries of full-time faculty
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Harcum % students on athletic fin. aid
% students 40 years or older
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 20%Harcum % students 40 years or older

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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