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Lock Haven University

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Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (LHU), affectionately known as “The Haven,” is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The System was established in 1983 with the joining of 13 independent universities. Today, the System offers the most affordable four-year degree in the state, as well as system-wide resources like a linked Keystone Library Network and an extensive alumni base.


LHU offers majors and specialized majors across two colleges: the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students can choose to major in one discipline or graduate with a double major or a major and a minor. There are also six associate degree programs in various topics of healthcare, nursing, criminal justice, management, and nanotechnology.

College of Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services offers students a chance to study in practical fields that connect with people. Students can choose from degrees in health science, education, and management. These tracks can be further specialized with minors in different topics, and students can participate in hands-on activities to increase their practical knowledge.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the larger of the two colleges, and it offers classes in a wide range of subjects and academic disciplines. Students who wish to major in anything from Biology or Engineering to Psychology or Theatre can do so here. This College is also where students can find pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and other pre-professional programs.

Honors Program

Exceptional students may be eligible for the LHU Honors Program, which seeks to expand and challenge traditional college coursework for students who want that extra intellectual push. Honors students can take advanced courses, attend regional and national conferences, participate in activity groups, or even take advantage of the PASSHE Summer Honors Program for select students. Members of the Honors Program also get to register for classes early and participate in special events throughout the year.

Academic Resources

Students have access to a number of academic resources at LHU. Professional, trained staff are available to help students with everything from academic advising to personal counseling. Whenever a student needs assistance with a particular subject, he or she can take advantage of the Tutorial Center’s services for free peer tutoring. The Math Center and the Writing Center can help students work on tasks like lengthy math problem sets and planning out term papers. At any time, students are encouraged to seek the guidance and support of the Academic Advising Center and its trained staff.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Every student at LHU is required to complete an internship, field experience, or student teaching placement to earn external experience credits before graduation. This guarantees that every member of the LHU community will graduate with tangible, usable real-world experience, making them more aware of their chosen career fields and more attractive to potential employers. As a testament to the program’s effectiveness, more than 95% of LHU graduate are in graduate school, in the military, or employed.


LHU is a competitive admissions school, meaning that not every student who applies will be offered a spot in the program. In general, applicants will need to have a strong academic background and a vivid personality or set of extracurriculars. To apply, students should complete the online application or print it out and submit it in person. They will also need to submit a high school transcript or GED score report, SAT or ACT scores, and optional letters of recommendation and personal essays. LHU reviews applications on a rolling basis, so in general students receive decisions within four to eight weeks of applying.


Much of student life at LHU centers around the residence hall. The campus offers six traditional halls and one apartment complex, so students can choose from a variety of buildings and locations when deciding whether to live on campus. On-campus students can easily meet up with friends at a dining hall, walk to the gym, head to a club meeting, or roll out of bed right before classes. Residence halls tend to have a strong community spirit with lots of activities and events, and there are also many campus-wide events of all types, from karaoke nights and ice cream socials to trivia contests and pool tournaments.

Students who choose to get a meal plan at LHU have a lot to choose from. There are different levels of meal plan types to suit different lifestyles. There is also a wide variety of on-campus dining halls, including World’s Fair, which offers delicacies from around the world, and Quiznos, a national food chain with grab-and-go options.

Beyond residence life, there are more than 120 opportunities for students to get involved with clubs and organizations on campus, from Greek societies to club sports and the fly fishing club. If you can’t find something that interests you, don’t worry – it’s easy to start a new club!

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The faculty at LHU is chosen for their commitment to putting teaching before research, which means that they will be more committed to taking their classes and students seriously. Of the 270 faculty members, more than 75% have earned a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of expertise. Professors are very available to students at all times, both inside and outside the classroom. They are also able to act as mentors to students seeking academic and career help. All classes are taught by professors rather than graduate assistants. Since classes average only 25 students, there’s a good chance that you will grow close to many of your professors, perhaps even performing research with them or acting as their assistant.


LHU is located in Lock Haven, an area with a sizable downtown, community events, and lots of good restaurants and shops. Students can get to the downtown area with a short walk or trolley ride, then enjoy the cafes, coffee shops, clothing stores, and movie theatre. There are also dozens of community events like parades, concerts, and the Labor Day Boat Regatta, which take place throughout the year.

For students who prefer a more outdoorsy lifestyle, the Susquehanna River offers dozens of opportunities for water fun like boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. There are also a number of walking and biking trails in the area’s mountains and parks. Adventurous students will even find opportunities to ski – the Ski and Snowboarding Club takes frequent trips to nearby lodges.


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Information Summary

Ranks 86th in Pennsylvania and 963rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 209th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 13 0.24
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 6 0.11

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 20 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 3 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 32 0.33
Larceny 234 2.39
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2478th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lock Haven, PA 17745-2390
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population18,429 (14,142 urban / 4,287 rural)
Households7,125 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,382
Families4,379 (2.81 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4205

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1325th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $14,556
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,277 $2,277 $2,467
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $607
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,690 $2,690 $2,870
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,874 $21,874 $29,998
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,374 $23,374 $31,498
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,674 $13,674 $21,798

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,239 $8,564 $8,239 $8,564 $15,777 $16,390
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,260 $1,298
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,056 $7,688
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,645 $3,050
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,056 $7,688
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,645 $3,050
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,665 $2,510

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,744 (1,551 male / 2,193 female)
Admitted 3,286 (1,349 male / 1,937 female)
Admission rate 88%
First-time Enrollment 1,052 (472 male / 580 female)
FT Enrollment 1,047 (471 male / 576 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (1 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment5,260

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1027th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1128th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1030

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,898
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,264
Board Fee$3,624

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 573rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,485 ($85,164 male / $79,410 female)
Number of FT Faculty 228 (115 male / 113 female)
Number of PT Faculty 245
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $9,937,112

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