Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

Apr 10, 2019

The area around Philadelphia is home to many 2-year and 4-year public schools, as well as private not-for-profit colleges and universities. This article looks at many of these schools according to location, net price, student population, and graduation rates. Each school is listed according to information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Since Philadelphia is one of the largest cities in the United States, it should come as no surprise that there are many different types of schools within its city limits. The following school have the closest campuses to downtown Philadelphia:

  • Thomas Jefferson University (0.4 miles)
  • Peirce College (0.8 miles)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (1.0 miles)
  • Drexel University (1.8 miles)
  • University of Pennsylvania (1.8 miles)
  • Temple University (1.9 miles)

Largest Schools near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia metropolitan area contains many schools with large student populations. If you are interested in studying in a larger student environment, the following schools have the largest student bodies within the Philadelphia area:

  • Temple University (37,485 students)
  • Drexel University (26,359 students)
  • University of Pennsylvania (24,806 students)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (19,119 students)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (16,086 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the amount of financial aid received by the average, full-time undergraduate student from the average cost of attending that particular school. These school have the lowest net prices of any school near Philadelphia:

  • Community College of Philadelphia ($6,442)
  • Delaware County Community College ($6,686)
  • Bucks County Community College ($7,646)
  • Montgomery County Community College ($7,682)
  • Peirce College ($7,916)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate can be understood as the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who complete their degree programs within 150% of the normal completion time for that degree. The following schools have the highest graduation rates within the Philadelphia area:

  • University of Pennsylvania (95% graduation rate)
  • Swarthmore College (94% graduation rate)
  • Haverford College (90% graduation rate)
  • Villanova University (90% graduation rate)
  • Bryn Mawr College (85% graduation rate)

Whether you value school size, location, finances or graduation rates, the city of Philadelphia will likely contain several different colleges, universities and specialty school that will appeal to you and your particular study and career goals.

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