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

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:


  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018,
  • Penn State World Campus, Accessed April 2018,
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology, Accessed April 2018,
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education, Accessed April 2018,
  • Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, Accessed April 2018,
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

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,