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Indiana, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one traditional college in Indiana, PA, there are 49 schools located within a 50-mile radius, a number of which are traditional or non-specialty schools. Read about the top traditional schools in several categories, including student population and lowest cost, to find the school for you.

There are several 2-year and 4-year public and private colleges or universities near Indiana, PA. Students seeking a broader range of programs and degree options can select from this pool of public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Using statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this article offers a comparison between many of these schools to help students decide which would work best for them.

Closest Schools to Indiana, Pennsylvania

Indiana, Pennsylvania is located within 50 miles of several large schools and small colleges, many of them in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The following schools have campuses located in the shortest distance to Indiana, PA:

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania--Main Campus (0.5 miles)
  • Saint Vincent College (24.7 miles)
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (27.7 miles)
  • University of Pittsburgh--Johnstown (27.7 miles)
  • Saint Francis University (28.3 miles)

Largest Schools near Indiana, Pennsylvania

Given the diversity of colleges and universities in the area near Indiana, PA, it's no surprise that these schools also display a high degree of diversity in the size of their student bodies. The NCES lists the following five schools as having the largest student populations within 50 miles of Indiana:

  • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (28,649 students)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (16,737 students)
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus (13,835 students)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (12,963 students)
  • Duquesne University (9,404 students)

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Schools with Lowest Net Price

A particular school's net price--as calculated by the NCES--refers to the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads subtracted from the average cost of attending that school. In the 2014-2015 academic year, these schools had the lowest net prices near Indiana:

  • Westmoreland County Community College ($2,907)
  • Butler County Community College ($4,099)
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College ($4,864)
  • Community College of Allegheny County ($5,558)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington ($14,227)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate is the percentage of a school's full-time undergraduate population that completes a specific degree program within 150% of the average amount of time. The following Indiana schools had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Carnegie Mellon University (88% graduation rate)
  • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (82% graduation rate)
  • Duquesne University (74% graduation rate)
  • Saint Francis University (72% graduation rate)
  • Saint Vincent College (69% graduation rate)

Even though it's a relatively small city, Indiana, PA is located in close proximity to enough schools that prospective students should arm themselves with as much information as possible by carefully reviewing the lists above, so that they can be sure that they make the right decisions for them and their educational futures.


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