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Peirce College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree and certificate programs offered at Peirce College. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Peirce College

Peirce College is a private institution located in downtown Philadelphia. Established in 1865 for the purpose of preparing Civil War veterans for non-military careers, it now offers degrees in the areas of business, healthcare, information technology and legal studies. Peirce is among the oldest accredited colleges in the U.S. that allow students to earn their degrees online.

Academics

The college's courses are taught on a flexible schedule, and new courses start every month. Students can earn associate's degrees in business administration, criminal justice, health information technology, paralegal studies, information technology and general studies. Bachelor's students can major in accounting, business administration, health information administration, human resources management, information technology or paralegal studies. Peirce also offers certificate programs in 3 subjects, and these programs have concentration options.

This school offers many of its programs in accelerated format; 3-credit courses take 8-15 weeks to complete in the fall and spring terms or 7-14 weeks to complete in the summer term. Each course, no matter the format, consists of 42 hours of instruction. Students may choose to complete their coursework entirely online, entirely on campus or a combination of both. On-campus courses usually meet once per week for 4 hours. Students can also earn their degrees on-site at company locations through on-the-job training.

Admissions

Peirce College has open admissions, and applicants are considered non-matriculated students after completing the application and may enroll in up to 15 credits. Individuals can apply online or through the mail and must pay a $50 application fee. Applicants need to also supply high school transcripts or GED/state equivalency diplomas as well as transcripts for any college coursework. A placement test is required for students without previous college credits in English and math, though students who have completed the SAT or ACT in the past 5 years may have this placement test waived.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition is $515 per credit hour, and most classes are 3 credit hours each. The fee for credit by examination, work experience or portfolio assessment is $350 per course. There are also technology fees of $105 per 3-credit course or $70 per 1-credit course. A payment plan is available for a fee of $35 per term.

The College provides 15 scholarships of varying amounts for students who meet certain academic or other criteria. Children, grandchildren and spouses of alumni can apply for grants, as can siblings of current students or alumni. Active members of the National Guard or their spouses are eligible for the National Guard grant, and members of many protective service occupations, as well as their spouses and dependents, are eligible for the Protect and Serve Grant. Students can also apply for federal aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

PEIRCE COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, associate's, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 2,276 in 2011**
Student Housing None**
ACADEMICS
Programs 15 certificate and undergraduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate: Business administration and management (55)
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (159)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in Fall 2003:
7% in 4 years
7% in 6 years
13% in 8 years**
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 139 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 50% of full-time and part-time students (2010-2011)**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Applicants accepted upon receipt of application, pending verification of materials*
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition $515 per credit hour (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (83%), Pell grants (51%), federal student loans (74%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% of full-time, beginning undergrads in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Peirce College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Phone: (215) 545-6400 ext. 9000 or (888) 467-3472 ext. 9000
  • Website: www.peirce.edu

Earn Credit

You can transfer credit from any of the following Study.com courses towards your Peirce College undergraduate degree. Click to view the courses in each subject area.

Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Accounting 101: Financial Accounting ACC 101 : Accounting Principles 3
Accounting 102: Intro to Managerial Accounting ACC 222 3
Accounting 201: Intermediate Accounting I ACC 203 : Intermediate Accounting I 3
Accounting 202: Intermediate Accounting II ACC 204 : Intermediate Accounting II 3
Accounting 301: Applied Managerial Accounting (Business Elective) 3
Accounting 302: Advanced Accounting (Business Elective) 3
Accounting 303: Cost Accounting ACC 303 : Cost Accounting 3
Business 100: Intro to Business BUS 100 : Introduction to Business 3
Business 101: Principles of Management MGT 210 : Applied Management Concepts 3
Business 102: Principles of Marketing MKT 101 : Introduction to Marketing 3
Business 103: Introductory Business Law LAW 103 : Business Law 3
Business 104: Information Systems and Computer Applications BIS 111 : Application Software Fundamentals 3
Business 105: Labor Relations (Human Resource Management Elective) 3
Business 106: Human Resource Management HRM 201 : Human Resource Management 3
Business 107: Organizational Behavior (Business Elective) 3
Business 108: Business Ethics (Business Elective) 3
Business 109: Intro to Computing (Open Elective) 3
Business 110: Business Math MAT 101 : Introduction to College Mathematics 3
Business 111: Principles of Supervision MGT 130 : Principles of Supervision 3
Business 113: Business Communication (Communications Elective) 3
Business 120: International Business INT 101 : Introduction to International Business and Cultures 3
Business 121: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Elective) 2
Business 202: Introduction to E-Commerce BUS 310 : Concepts in e-Commerce 3
Business 203: Introduction to Retail Merchandising (Business Elective) 3
Business 302: Foundations of Leadership (Business Elective) 3
Business 303: Management Information Systems (IT Elective) 3
Business 304: Leading Organizational Change (Business Elective) 3
Business 305: Leadership Communication (Business Elective) 3
Business 306: Strategic Human Resources Management (Human Resource Elective) 3
Business 307: Leadership & Organizational Behavior MGT 306 : Organizational Dynamics 3
Business 308: Globalization & International Management (Business Elective) 3
Business 309: Digital Marketing & Advertising (MKT Elective) 3
Business 310: Advanced Business Ethics (Business Elective) 3
Business 311: Project Management MIS 302 : Project Management 3
Business 312: Advanced Operations Management MGT 404 : Operations Management 3
Business 313: Organizational Communication (Communications Elective) 3
Business 314: Employment Law LGL 406 : Employment Law 3
Business 315: Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Business Elective) 3
Business 318: Management Ethics MGT 310 : Ethical Leadership 3
Business 319: Negotiations & Conflict Management (Business Elective) 3
Business 321: Small Business Management ENT 200 : Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
Business 323: Organizational Theory (Business Elective) 3
Business 324: Managerial Communication (Communications Elective) 3
Business 325: Union & Labor Relations HRM 380 : Labor and Employee Relations 3
Business 327: Retail Strategy (Business Elective) 3
Communications 101: Public Speaking COM 112 : Speech Communication 3
Communications 102: Interpersonal Communication (Communications Elective) 3
Communications 301: Diversity and Intercultural Communication COM 202 : Intercultural Communication 3
Economics 101: Principles of Microeconomics ECO 102 : Microeconomics 3
Economics 102: Macroeconomics ECO 101 : Macroeconomics 3
Finance 101: Principles of Finance FIN 201 : Introduction to Finance 3
Finance 102: Personal Finance FIN 100 : Introduction to Personal Finance 3
Finance 301: Corporate Finance FIN 401 : Financial Analysis 3
Finance 302: International Finance (Business Elective) 3
Finance 303: Financial Institutions & Markets FIN 401 : Financial Analysis 3
Finance 304: Security Analysis & Portfolio Management (Business Elective) 3
Finance 306: Small Business Finance (Business Elective) 3
Health 301: Ethical & Legal Issues in Healthcare HCA 240 : Healthcare Law and Ethics 3
Hospitality 101: Introduction to Hospitality (Open Elective) 3
Hospitality 105: Introduction to the Tourism & Travel Industry (Open Elective) 3
Hospitality 301: Hospitality Marketing (Open Elective) 3
Hospitality 304: Hotel & Lodging Management & Operations (Open Elective) 3
Hospitality 309: Food & Beverage Service & Operations (Open Elective) 3
Marketing 301: Marketing Research MKT 301 : Market Research 3
Marketing 302: Consumer Behavior MKT 202 : Consumer Behavior 3
Marketing 303: Global Marketing MKT 205 3
Marketing 306: Principles of Selling (Business Elective) 3
Marketing 308: Applied Marketing (Business Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Computer Science 102: Fundamentals of Information Technology ITE TR : ITE TR 3
Computer Science 103: Computer Concepts & Applications BIS 111 : Application Software Fundamentals 3
Computer Science 105: Introduction to Operating Systems ITE TR : ITE TR 3
Computer Science 111: Programming in C BIS 112 : Programming Concepts 3
Computer Science 112: Programming in C++ BIS 112 : Programming Concepts 3
Computer Science 115: Programming in Java BIS 112 : Programming Concepts 3
Computer Science 202: Network and System Security ITN 144 : Introduction to Network Security 3
Computer Science 302: Systems Analysis & Design BIS 402 : Systems Analysis and Design 3
Computer Science 303: Database Management BIS 235 : Database Management Systems 3
Computer Science 305: Operating Systems ITE TR : ITE TR 3
Computer Science 306: Computer Architecture ITE TR : ITE TR 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
English 101: English Literature ENG 202 : Introduction to Literature 3
English 102: American Literature ENG 205 : American Literature 3
English 103: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (English Elective) 3
English 104: College Composition I ENG 101 : English Composition 3
English 105: College Composition II ENG 103 : Rhetoric and Research 3
English 305: Advanced Technical Writing (English Elective) 3
English 310: Short Stories (Humanities Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Spanish 101: Beginning Spanish (General Education Elective) 3
Spanish 105: Spanish for the Workplace (General Education Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
History 100: Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post-WWII (History Elective) 3
History 101: Western Civilization I (History Elective) 3
History 102: Western Civilization II (History Elective) 3
History 103: US History I HIS 105 : U.S. History I 3
History 104: US History II HIS 106 : U.S. History II 3
History 105: US History from Settlement to Present Day (History Elective) 3
History 106: The Civil War and Reconstruction (History Elective) 3
History 108: History of the Vietnam War (History Elective) 3
History 306: The American Civil War Era (History Elective) 3
History 307: American Civil Rights Movement (History Elective) 3
History 308: Causes and Effects of the Vietnam War (History Elective) 3
History 309: War & American Society (History Elective) 3
History 311: The Holocaust & World War II (History Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Art 103: History of Western Art I (Humanities Elective) 3
Art 104: History of Western Art II (Humanities Elective) 3
Humanities 101: Intro to the Humanities (Humanities Elective) 3
Philosophy 101: Intro to Philosophy (Humanities Elective) 3
Philosophy 102: Ethics in America (Humanities Elective) 3
Philosophy 103: Ethics - Theory & Practice (Humanities Elective) 3
Religion 101: Intro to World Religions HUM 105 : World Religions 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Education 211: Teaching Elementary Math (Open Elective) 3
Geometry 101: Intro to Geometry (Math Elective) 3
Math 101: College Algebra MAT 102 : College Algebra 3
Math 102: College Mathematics MAT 101 : Introduction to College Mathematics 3
Math 103: Precalculus (Math Elective) 3
Math 104: Calculus MAT 213 & MAT 214 : Calculus I & Calculus II 6
Math 105: Precalculus Algebra (Math Elective) 3
Math 107: Quantitative Literacy (Math Elective) 3
Math 108: Discrete Mathematics (Math Elective) 3
Statistics 101: Principles of Statistics MAT 109 : Statistics I 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Psychology 101: Intro to Psychology PSY 101 : Introduction to Psychology 3
Psychology 102: Educational Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 104: Social Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 105: Research Methods in Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology PSY 270 : Abnormal Psychology 3
Psychology 107: Life Span Developmental Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 108: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 301: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 302: Cognitive Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 306: Advanced Abnormal Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 310: Psychology of Personality (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 311: Physiological Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 312: History and Systems of Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 315: Psychology of Motivation (Social Science Elective) 3
Psychology 316: Advanced Social Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Astronomy 101: Intro to Astronomy (Science Elective) 3
Biology 101: Intro to Biology SCI 105 : Exploring In Science of Life 3
Biology 101L: Intro to Biology with Lab SCI 105 : Exploring in Science of Life 4
Biology 102: Basic Genetics (Science Elective) 3
Biology 103: Microbiology (Science Elective) 3
Biology 105: Anatomy & Physiology SCI 240 : Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Biology 106: Pathophysiology SCI 270 : Pathophysiology 3
Chemistry 101: General Chemistry (Science Elective) 3
Earth Science 101: Earth Science (Science Elective) 3
Earth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology (Science Elective) 3
Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity SCI 330 : Environmental Science 3
Genetics 101: Intro to Genetics (Science Elective) 3
Geology 101: Physical Geology (Science Elective) 3
Health 101: Principles of Health (General Education Elective) 3
Health 302: Health Services Policy HCA 101 : Introduction to Healthcare Administration 3
Health 303: Healthcare Organization & Management (Health Elective) 3
Health 305: Healthcare Finance & Budgeting HCA 340 : Financing Healthcare 3
Health 307: Healthcare Delivery Systems HCA 210 : Healthcare Delivery in the US 3
Health 308: Healthcare Quality & Outcome Measurement HIA 310 : Advanced Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare 4
Health 309: Healthcare Informatics (Health Elective) 3
Health 310: Human Resource Management in Healthcare (Business Elective) 3
Nursing 301: Nursing Informatics (Open Electives) 3
Nutrition 101: Science of Nutrition (Science Elective) 3
Physics 101: Intro to Physics SCI 115 : General Physics 3
Physics 111: Physics I (Science Elective) 3
Physics 112: Physics II (Science Elective) 3
Science 101: Intro to Natural Sciences (Science Elective) 3
Science 102: Principles of Physical Science (Science Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Criminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice CJS 101 : Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology CJS 107 : Criminology 3
Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science CJS TR : CJS TR 3
Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law CJS 204 : Criminal Law 3
Criminal Justice 301: White Collar Crime CJS TR : CJS TR 3
Criminal Justice 305: The Juvenile Justice System CJS 224 : Juvenile Justice 3
Criminal Justice 306: Research Methods in Criminal Justice CJS 201 : Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methoad 3
Criminal Justice 381: Victimology CJS 310 : Victims and Victimization 3
Education 101: Foundations of Education (Open Elective) 3
Education 103: Classroom Management (Open Elective) 3
Education 104: Differentiated Instruction (Open Elective) 3
Education 105: Special Education History & Law (Open Elective) 3
Education 106: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Open Elective) 3
Education 210: Technology in the Classroom (Open Elective) 3
Geography 101: Human & Cultural Geography (Social Science Elective) 3
Library Science 101: Information Literacy (General Education Elective) 3
Political Science 101: Intro to Political Science (Social Science Elective) 3
Political Science 102: American Government PSC 101 : Introduction to American Government 3
Political Science 103: Comparative Politics PSC 103 3
Social Science 108: Ethics in the Social Sciences (Social Science Elective) 3
Sociology 101: Intro to Sociology SOC 101 : General Sociology 3
Sociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology (Social Science Elective) 3
Sociology 305: Sociology of Work (Social Science Elective) 3

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