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

Sources:

  • 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
348
Total Enrollment in all institutes
723,793
Number of Public Educational Institutes
95
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
112
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
141
Graduation Rate
23.37%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
59,499
On Campus and Online Programs in Pennsylvania
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
2
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
70
Number of Institutes Offering both
276

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Pennsylvania State University-Main CampusUniversity Park46,810Four or more years$18,454414
Temple UniversityPhiladelphia39,740Four or more years$16,970483
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPittsburgh28,673Four or more years$19,080419
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia25,860Four or more years$55,584348
Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia24,634Four or more years$53,244325
Harrisburg Area Community CollegeHarrisburg18,081At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,935148
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest Chester17,527Four or more years$10,412132
Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia16,672At least 2 but less than 4 years$10,284109
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburgh16,086At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,861174
Pennsylvania State University-World CampusUniversity Park14,458Four or more years$13,988153
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh14,029Four or more years$55,465319
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main CampusIndiana11,483Four or more years$12,979141
Delaware County Community CollegeMedia11,314At least 2 but less than 4 years$9,39099
Villanova UniversityVillanova11,030Four or more years$53,308155
Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue Bell10,451At least 2 but less than 4 years$10,35084

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/