Pennsylvania Schools and Colleges with Degree Program Overviews

There are around 250 public and private not-for-profit schools within Pennsylvania. See how these schools stack up against each other, based on four categories of distinction, to find the school for you.

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Students planning to study in Pennsylvania have a large number of schools from which to choose. We've categorized the largest public or private not-for-profit schools in the state, along with their location, student population, and graduation rates. The data comes from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Pennsylvania Schools Near Large Cities

The state of Pennsylvania offers students the chance to attend school in two large cities. Most of the largest schools are in fact private non-profits.

  • Carlow University (Pittsburgh)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh)
  • Chatham University (Pittsburgh)
  • Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh)

Largest Schools in Pennsylvania

The largest schools in Pennsylvania are 4-year public schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. These were the largest schools as of Fall 2015.

  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus (47,307 students)
  • Temple University (38,007 students)
  • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (28,649 students)
  • Drexel University (25,595 students)
  • University of Pennsylvania (24,876 students)

Lowest Net Price

NCES subtracts the average financial aid award from the total cost of attendance for full-time, first-time undergraduate students to calculate the average net price. The following schools had the lowest average net prices, based on 2014-2015 data.

  • Westmoreland County Community College ($2,907)
  • Butler County Community College ($4,099)
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College ($4,864)
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College ($5,152)
  • Community College of Allegheny County ($5,558)

Highest Graduation Rate

As a possible indicator of student satisfaction, the overall graduation rate is calculated by NCES by tracking the portion of new full-time students who completed their four-year programs within six years, or 150% of the normal time. Based on students who enrolled in 2009, the following schools had the highest graduation rates for full-time undergraduates.

  • University of Pennsylvania (95% graduation rate)
  • Swarthmore College (94% graduation rate)
  • Haverford College (90% graduation rate)
  • Lafayette College (90% graduation rate)
  • Villanova University (90% graduation rate)

We've organized the public and private non-profit schools in Pennsylvania based on their location to large cities, student enrollment, highest graduation rates, and lowest net price to help you decide on one that makes sense for you.

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