The College of Possibilities
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Harcum College You’ve discovered a special place that will focus on your personal growth and career success along with your academic achievement.
Harcum prides itself on being called “the College of Possibilities.” Our faculty is dedicated to helping you discover your possibilities by providing you with a quality education in just two years that can start you on a career or further your education. Great teaching is just the beginning at Harcum College. Small class size and individual attention are at the heart of the Harcum experience. Since its founding in 1915, this focus on the individual and the combination of practical, experiential education and general studies have made Harcum a leader among the nation’s 2-year colleges. Harcum welcomes men and women of varied ages, nations, cultures and social backgrounds. Our student body is diverse and accomplished. Harcum is known for its outstanding programs in allied health. It is also known for quality career programs in business, interior design, fashion merchandising, early childhood education, and law and justice. Our programs are unique in that all students partake in the fine arts. Harcum is also a leader in distance education, with the first online program in neurodiagnostics in the nation, and Pennsylvania’s only online program in medical laboratory technology. The College constantly reviews programs to ensure they meet student needs. Harcum believes in a holistic approach to education and has created a living/learning environment at our Bryn Mawr, PA campus that offers many opportunities for individual participation and development. Many of our students transfer to four-year colleges and universities upon graduation. Of Harcum graduates who enter the job market, most find employment soon after graduation. Two years at Harcum provide the equivalent residential experience of a four-year college, but with smaller classes at a fraction of the cost. Our men’s basketball team, the Bears, was ranked #1 in NJCAA Division I, and led the nation in scoring in 2009-10. Men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and cross country, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and soccer offer other opportunities for athletic pursuits. Student government and clubs offer many avenues for leadership development and the chance to pursue special interests. Regardless of your goals, you will find Harcum College an innovative and practical educational experience, a rewarding personal experience, and a place to build a satisfying career. I urge you to take a closer look at Harcum. We are dedicated to your success. I look forward to meeting you soon. Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D. President
“A VERY GOOD OPTION FOR SOM E STUDENTS THAT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED IS TO ATTEND A TW O-YEAR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE.THESE COLLEGES SPECIALIZE IN HELPING STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL,W ITH THE GOAL OF EITHER GETTING AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE IN PREPARATION FOR A SPECIFIC CAREER,OR TRANSFERRING TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TO COM PLETE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE.THESE COLLEGES OFFER ON-CAM PUS RESIDENCE HALLS AND STRONG SUPPORT SERVICES.” — Carolyn Lawrence, nationally-recognized independent college admissions expert and blogger on higher education, who profiled Harcum College on her admissions website in 2009.
Why Is An Independent Two-Year Residential College Your Best Choice? Harcum College offers a unique approach that’s right for both career and educational goals. Consider some of the changes that have happened at Harcum in the past few years:
• Although men have been a part of the student body since the 1970’s, in 2003 Harcum officially declared itself a co-educational college. It is a leader among a small group of independent two-year colleges in the nation, a key part of the system that made U.S. higher education the envy of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. • The College has grown—not just in numbers but in locations. Harcum offers a Leadership program throughout the Philadelphia region and is now offering its Early Childhood and Human Services programs at selected sites.
• Harcum plays a major role in filling the critical shortages of health care workers in nursing, physical therapist assisting, medical laboratory technologist, occupational therapy assisting, neurodiagnostic technologist, histotechnician, dental hygienist, expanded functions dental assistant, veterinary technologist, and radiologic technologist. • Many Harcum programs incorporate clinical or practicum experiences. This gives students a chance for work experience and networking in a chosen field – the best preparation possible for the working world.
Career Opportunities Begin Here Center for Allied Health Allied Health Science Animal Center Management Dental Assisting Dental Hygiene Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Histotechnican Medical Laboratory Technician Neurodiagnostic Technology Nursing – Day, Evening, Accelerated tracks Occupational Therapist Assistant – Day and Saturday tracks Physical Therapist Assistant – Day and Evening tracks Radiologic Technology Veterinary Technology Diagnostic Medical Sonography (being introduced)
Center for Business & Professional Studies Business Management Entrepreneurship International Business Sports Management Fashion Merchandising Fashion Design Interior Design
Center for Human Services Early Childhood Education Human Services Law and Justice Leadership Development
General Studies General Studies
Continuing & Professional Studies Animal Assisted Therapy Dental Program Reviews Dental Anesthesia Certificate Dental Assisting Certificate Residential Design Certificate Medical Assistant Career Certificate Medical Transcriptionist Career Certificate Pharmacy Assistant Certificate Phlebotomy Certificate
International Programs Center for International Programs English Language Academy TOEFL Preparation Au Pair Program Study Abroad
Articulation Finish your four-year degree with ease by taking advantage of Harcum’s articulation agreements with the following colleges:
• Alvernia University* • Cabrini College • Chestnut Hill College • Delaware Valley College • DeVry University • Eastern University • Immaculata University* • LIM College • Neumann University* • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology • Rosemont College • Saint Leo University • Thomas Jefferson University • University of Delaware • University of Phoenix • University of Rhode Island • West Chester University • Widener University *dual enrollment program
“HARCUM ’S FACULTY ARE TEACHING PROFESSIONALS W HO HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE W ORKING IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS.ALL HARCUM ’S PROGRAM S ARE FULLY ACCREDITED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS THAT REVIEW AND ACCREDIT HIGHER EDUCATION M AJORS IN THE UNITED STATES. THESE ACCREDITATIONS NOT ONLY VALIDATE THE PROGRAM S AND THEIR FACULTY,BUT OFFER M ANY BENEFITS TO HARCUM STUDENTS AND ALUM NIIN AREAS OF FUNDING AND SUPPORT FROM FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES,PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL M OBILITY OF PROGRAM GRADUATES,AS W ELL AS EM PLOYM ENT AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES.” — Julia Ingersoll, J.D. Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Legal Affairs
Faculty Harcum’s faculty “walks the talk” when it comes to personalized attention. With a student/teacher ratio around 9 to 1, our faculty get to know each and every student— whether enrolled in their class or in another major.
The College’s Academic Enrichment and Achievement Center (AEA) provides academic tutoring support and accommodation services. The AEA atmosphere allows students to monitor their academic progress and acknowledge when they need academic support. The center’s professional and peer tutors provide one-on-one and small group tutoring, showing students how to improve their study and test-taking skills, reading techniques, and time management.
That’s the big difference between Harcum and other two-year schools; Harcum takes a personal interest in student success. Harcum Vet Tech students get practical experience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, are taught by nationally recognized experts in the field, and participate in all aspects of the most advanced and sophisticated techniques currently available in veterinary medicine.
Financial Aid & Student Services The opportunity to succeed in college should not be sidetracked by the ability to pay for college. That’s why Harcum provides financial aid for over 85 percent of its student body. Grants, loans, and scholarships help pay for a portion of your total college costs. Starting at a two-year college like Harcum, and then choosing a career or transfer path can be substantially less expensive than going to a similar four-year college. To be considered for financial aid, students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available in high school guidance offices, the Harcum Financial Aid Office, or via www.fafsa.ed.gov. The key to financial aid is beginning the process early. Harcum’s financial aid staff will work with students to develop a package of aid that best meets their financial needs and academic goals. Harcum supports you in ways beyond the pocketbook. Consider that: • Harcum’s Health Center provides evaluation and treatment of injuries and illnesses for all Harcum students. Counseling Services offers students personal, career and academic counseling for all students. Workshops are offered to advance wellness, personal growth and self-discovery.
• Career and transfer counseling services work closely with students to refine career goals, help prepare resumes, and find career possibilities. Group workshops and individual counseling focus on career exploration, career preparation and job search strategies. Transfer services are designed to help students who want to transfer to four-year institutions after earning an associate’s degree at Harcum. Counselors help students with college selection, application procedures and essay writing. An annual Transfer Fair brings representatives of four-year institutions to campus for direct consultations with students. • The Student Government Association (SGA) responds to the needs of students and works with students, faculty and administrators to offer solutions to academic and social concerns. • The honor society at Harcum, Phi Theta Kappa(PTK), recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. PTK membership is one of the highest honors a Harcum student can receive, and members are part of an annual induction ceremony.
“COLLEGE IS A TIM E TO EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE M ANY POSSIBILITIES THAT LIFE PRESENTS.LIFE AT HARCUM IS DYNAM IC AND FILLED W ITH POSSIBILITIES FOR BOTH RESIDENT AND COM M UTER STUDENTS.CLASSROOM S (AND CLASSES)ARE SM ALL,ENCOURAGING INTERACTION AND ALLOW ING FACULTY THE TIM E TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS AND FOCUS ON GOALS.AT HARCUM ,YOU W ILL INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO SUCCEED AND M EET YOUR EDUCATIONAL GOALS.“ — Dr. Nicola DiFronzo Heitzer, Dean of Admissions
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It’s Better in Bryn Mawr! Harcum is conveniently located in Bryn Mawr, PA along the prestigious and beautiful Main Line of Philadelphia’s western suburbs.The area features a variety of unique shops, fine restaurants with cuisines from around the world, and other services, including supermarkets, bookstores, computer retailers, libraries, banks, drugstores, coffee shops and live music venues, with the added bonus of varied activities on the campuses of five other colleges and universities nearby.
The College, located within 100 yards of the SEPTA regional rail station in Bryn Mawr, is also a mere 15-minute train ride from downtown Philadelphia. Within close driving distance are several major shopping malls, numerous specialty clothing stores, some of the nation’s finest arboretums and public gardens, and bike and hiking trails. In less than two hours, the beaches of the New Jersey shore and the ski slopes of the Pocono Mountains are within reach. Student safety is paramount at Harcum. The campus has a 24-hour Campus Safety Office, magnetic card-locked entrances to residence halls, and ongoing security drills. Resident advisors provide a friendly presence in the residence halls and help organize activities for students.
Activities What does it mean to be a Harcum student? It means being part of a diverse community committed to career development and intellectual growth. You can find Harcum students hanging out on the front steps of the Academic Center or in the “green” Zises-Green Student Lounge, with its recycled flooring and furniture and energysaving lighting, studying for exams in the Library, strolling and shopping on the streets of Bryn Mawr, or taking the train into Philly to go to a new restaurant or club, watching the world-class Phillies baseball team or Flyers hockey team, catching a movie in the residence hall, enjoying a BBQ on the lawn of the President’s House, playing basketball in the gym, or giving back to the community through volunteer work for local organizations.
Life at Harcum is dynamic and filled with opportunities for both resident and commuter students. Students can participate in many free student activities, join clubs and organizations, and volunteer on campus and in the community. Additionally, Harcum’s got game. It’s men’s and women’s intercollegiate basketball programs are leaders in their divisions, and the track and field, cross country, women’s volleyball and women's soccer programs are forging a legacy. If you’re interested in athletics, Harcum is the place to start.
“HARCUM HAS BEEN A SURE PATH TO CAREER SUCCESS FOR M E THROUGH TW O DIFFERENT DEGREE PROGRAM S,AND IRECOM M END HARCUM TO ANYONE W ITH STRONG CAREER GOALS.”
George Englehardt receives the Academic Excellence Award from Harcum Trustee Beatrice Blackman ’55.
— George Englehardt ’98, ’09 George holds two Harcum degrees; a 1998 associate degree in physical therapist assisting and a 2009 degree in radiologic technology. He returned to Harcum in 2007 to get his second degree to increase his career options. He received the Harcum Academic Excellence Award and went on to the University of Pennsylvania to earn a certificate in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Our Alumni Once you attend Harcum College, you join a community of over 9,000 Harcum alumni who stay connected with the college and each other. Harcum’s alumni network spans all 50 states and extends to 27 countries. Our graduates contribute to their professions and communities, and play important roles in Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, banks, veterinary offices, law firms, government, dental offices, and physical/occupational therapy centers. Many have founded their own successful businesses.
Harcum’s Office of College Advancement provides valuable services to alumni. Its free publications, e-newsletters, and an online alumni community www.myharcum.com keep alumni connected with the College and each other. Alumni are invited to events on campus, including Homecoming and Family Day, and to gatherings off-campus, such as Harcum Night with the Phillies. Harcum also provides its alumni with valuable career services, such as discounts on Harcum Continuing Education Units, free resume workshops, and access to the Office of Career Services’ job bank. With all these opportunities for alumni, your Harcum experience can last a lifetime.
Possibilities at a Glance The College
Harcum College, Pennsylvania’s oldest independent, two-year college, was founded in Bryn Mawr, PA in 1915 and was the first college in Pennsylvania authorized to grant associate degrees. Originally a women’s college, Harcum has been a co-educational institution since 2003.
Harcum is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s beautiful Main Line, conveniently located next to a regional rail line station, and less than three miles from a major interstate highway (I-476). The 10-building campus is in a safe, secure, and friendly neighborhood.
Harcum College seeks to provide men and women with outstanding career preparation that will meet or exceed the standards of their chosen professions. At Harcum, self-realization and preparation for participative citizenship are also of great importance.
Harcum boasts some of the largest (13’ 11” by 14’ 9”) residence hall rooms of any college in the region. These are suite-style rooms with large picture windows, a short walk from the Academic Center’s classrooms and within easy walking distance of shopping and dining areas in Bryn Mawr. A highspeed internet connection provides wired—and wireless—access from just about anywhere on the campus. You can surf the web from your room, the Library, the Zises-Green Student Lounge, College Store, or while enjoying a meal in the cafeteria.
Intent upon remaining among the foremost independent two-year colleges in America, Harcum aims at providing every student with the opportunity not only for a rewarding career, but also for a fulfilling life.
Harcum accommodates the non-traditional student, too, through online classes, weekend and evening classes, as well as classes held off-site throughout the region. The main campus has ample, well-lit parking lots, snacks and beverages available for evening classes, and on-site day care. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.525.4100
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