Pennsylvania Colleges and Schools

Students looking for colleges in Pennsylvania will be pleased to find more than 200 schools to consider. Forty-two public and nearly 100 private universities in Pennsylvania award bachelor's degrees.

The largest public institution is the Pennsylvania State University system, with 14 college campuses, four branch campuses, and two multi-university centers. This system includes Cheyney University, the nation's first Historically Black College and University.

Rounding out Pennsylvania's list of higher education opportunities are 14 community colleges, more than 50 specialized associate degree-granting institutions and more than 100 private trade and technical schools. The Pennsylvania College of Technology awards certificates, associate and bachelor's degrees in more than 100 majors.

Transfer Agreements in Pennsylvania

The commonwealth's official transfer and articulation system supports students who wish to transfer between public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. For example, those who have earned an associate degree at one of the state's community colleges can transfer their credits to a bachelor's degree program at a participating university. Learn more by visiting PAcollegetransfer.com.

Online Learning in Pennsylvania

Penn State World Campus, the online campus of Penn State, offers more than 150 online degree and certificate programs developed and taught by Penn State faculty. Edinboro University's online graduate programs in education and nursing are ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Pennsylvania participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Department of Education, see: http://www.education.pa.gov


  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Penn State World Campus, Accessed April 2018, https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology, Accessed April 2018, https://www.pct.edu/
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education, Accessed April 2018, http://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/Pages/Types-of-Schools.aspx
  • Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, Accessed April 2018, http://www.passhe.edu/Pages/default.aspx

Education Institutes in Pennsylvania
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Pennsylvania
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
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Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesPrograms Offered
Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of NursingWillow Grove99At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1
Bryn Athyn College of the New ChurchBryn Athyn302Four or more years$21,12611
Academy of Vocal ArtsPhiladelphia28Four or more yearsN/A1
Albright CollegeReading2,318Four or more years$43,45455
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburgh16,092At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,653178
Allegheny CollegeMeadville1,920Four or more years$45,97036
The Beauty InstituteAllentown30Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
DeSales UniversityCenter Valley3,309Four or more years$35,90078
Altoona Beauty School IncAltoona45Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Alvernia UniversityReading2,872Four or more years$33,64062
The Beauty Institute-AmblerAmbler101Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
American College of Financial ServicesBryn Mawr10,521Four or more yearsN/A7
Antonelli InstituteErdenheim173At least 2 but less than 4 years$19,8902
Clarks Summit UniversitySouth Abington Township738Four or more years$23,89031
Community College of Beaver CountyMonaca2,373At least 2 but less than 4 years$11,31062