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

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Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusUniversity Park47,119Four or more years$18,436439
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia39,967Four or more years$16,658426
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburgh28,642Four or more years$19,080387
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia25,367Four or more years$53,534333
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia24,190Four or more years$52,002294
Harrisburg Area Community CollegeHarrisburg18,681At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,725162
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester17,306Four or more years$10,111119
Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia17,296At least 2 but less than 4 years$10,284104
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburgh16,147At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,653178
Pennsylvania State University-World CampusUniversity Park14,301Four or more years$13,988147
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh13,869Four or more years$53,910315
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusIndiana12,431Four or more years$12,119132
Delaware County Community CollegeMedia11,030At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,07597
Villanova UniversityVillanova10,967Four or more years$51,284156
Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue Bell10,392At least 2 but less than 4 years$10,35076