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Erie, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

The Erie, PA area is home to 10 public and private higher education institutions within a 25-mile radius. See statistics for schools in the area to determine which institutions might be right for you.

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The information below pertains to colleges and universities in or around Erie, Pennsylvania. Learn about student populations, graduation rates, and net costs, with all data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Erie, Pennsylvania

You can find five institutions less than 15 miles from downtown Erie. Mercyhurst University has two campuses within this range. For those looking to study in or near Erie, investigate into the following options:

  • Gannon University (located 0.1 miles from Erie)
  • Mercyhurst University (located 2.0 miles from Erie)
  • Fortis Institute - Erie (located 4.9 miles from Erie)
  • Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Erie - Behrend College (located 5.2 miles from Erie)
  • Mercyhurst University - North East Campus (located 14.2 miles from Erie)

Largest Schools Near Erie, Pennsylvania

The most populous schools are all located within a 20-mile radius of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst University campuses were two of the five institutions with the most students in 2014-2015. All of the schools had over 900 students.

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (6,837 students; 5,595 undergraduates)
  • Gannon University (4,410 students; 3,205 undergraduates)
  • Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Erie - Behrend College (4,138 students; 4,001 undergraduates)
  • Mercyhurst University (2,871 students; 2,572 undergraduates)
  • Mercyhurst University - North East Campus (956 students, all undergraduates)

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Lowest Net Prices

The five schools with the lowest net costs in the area for 2014-2015 are all located less than 20 miles of downtown Erie. The NCES determines these numbers by subtracting the average financial aid from the total program cost for full-time undergraduates.

  • Mercyhurst University - North East Campus ($13,001)
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania ($14,089)
  • Gannon University ($21,314)
  • Fortis Institute - Erie ($21,376)
  • Mercyhurst University ($21,577)

Highest Graduation Rates

In 2015, the four schools with the highest graduation rates in the area were located less than six miles from downtown Erie. The NCES calculates these percentages using the number of undergraduate students who finish their studies within 150% of the normal time frame.

  • Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Erie - Behrend College (69% graduation rate)
  • Ganon University (65% graduation rate)
  • Mercyhurst University (65% graduation rate)
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (44% graduation rate)
  • Fortis Institute - Erie (39% graduation rate)

For students seeking an education in or around Erie, Pennsylvania, there are multiple schools with many students, good graduation rates, and low net costs.

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