New Students & Faculty:
If you are a new student or faculty member, please click here to view our Dixon University Center Information Guide, which includes Dixon University Center (DUC) contact information, a map of the campus, parking information, emergency information, where to go for copies, etc. For more information please contact Katie Riley, Continuing Education Manager, at 717-720-4083.
Dixon University Center was once the home of the Harrisburg Academy, whose leaders built the five historic structures on the grounds today. The Academy maintained the location until 1941, when the War Department took over the facility. Since 1956, the Center has functioned in various configurations as an educational consortium. In 1987, the Center's Board of Directors - a community corporation - invited the Pennsylvania's System of Higher Education (the 14 publicly owned universities) to lead the University Center at Harrisburg consortium and ensure continuation of its higher education mission.
The State System began operating the six-and-one-half-acre site under a lease/purchase agreement in 1988, and purchased the site in 1991. In 1993, the Board of Governors acknowledged the leadership and generosity of its founding chairman, F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., by renaming the Center in his honor.
The State System's acquisition of the early twentieth century facility demonstrates a commitment to bring educational programs and opportunities to the Harrisburg area that the 14 universities have provided throughout the Commonwealth for over 150 years. Under the State System's stewardship, the five original structures were renovated and an Administration Building constructed to make the facility adequate for classroom instruction and business purposes.
Dixon University Center is foremost an academic and governance center, providing area residents the advantages of both public and private institutions. An expansive menu of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, professional development, and customized training that are offered on-site by a consortium of State System universities and private colleges and universities for adult students, in the evenings and on weekends. The Center is also a cultural resource, a testing ground for new technology, and a community gathering place. For a complete listing of degree programs and offerings, click here.