Peirce College

Peirce College

Peirce College was originally established as the Union Business College in the year 1865 by Thomas May Peirce. It was named Peirce College of Business, and then Peirce School of Business Administration in 1917. In 1964, the institute was renamed Peirce Junior College. It finally became the Peirce College in 1997. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Peirce College's recent enrollments have been more than 1,500 students every year.

Students of Pierce College are offered associate's, and bachelor's degrees, as well as certificate programs to choose from. One can opt for courses in information technology, business administration, or paralegal studies.

A number of student clubs and organizations are sponsored by Pierce College including the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, Paralegal Student Association, and Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.

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Peirce College
1420 Pine Street
Philadelphia , PA 19102-4699
General Phone: (888) 467-3472

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Peirce College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management303business management, accounting technology, entrepreneurship, human resources, MIS, marketing
Law104pre-law, legal assistant
Computer Science and Engineering94computer applications programming, computer product certification, data processing tech, information science, system administration, computer security

Number of programs and degrees for Peirce College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree21513
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years185
Bachelor's degree2683

Peirce College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Peirce College had a total enrollment of 2,181 students (1,486 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 29%
Black 56%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 3%
20-21 5%
22-24 9%
25-29 20%
30-34 19%
35-39 16%
40-49 22%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

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

New Jersey9%
North Carolina1%

Peirce College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 60 %

Peirce College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Peirce College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 14,350
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,350
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Peirce College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 330900)

Peirce College Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$88,4406$82,272
Associate professorcalendar year5$65,6604$62,754
Assistant professorcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year10$73,01411$73,122

*: 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 year3$60,0081*
Associate professoracademic year1*1*
Assistant professoracademic year1*3$43,377
All faculty totalacademic year5$53,9055$45,444

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

Peirce College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
Computer and Information Systems Security
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Information Science/Studies
System Administration/Administrator

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Pre-Law Studies

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Peirce College Highlights

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What Sets Peirce College Apart:

% of degrees in business and management
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Top 5%Peirce College % of degrees in business and management
% students 40 years or older
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Top 8%Peirce College % students 40 years or older
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
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Top 8%Peirce College % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of degrees in law
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Top 10%Peirce College % of degrees in law
Minority % of student body
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Top 12%Peirce College Minority % of student body
Number of students
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Top 15%Peirce College Number of students
Female % of student body
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Top 17%Peirce College Female % of student body

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