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Reading, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

There are 14 colleges and universities within 25 miles of Reading, PA. Learn about the schools with the closest campuses, highest graduation rates, largest student bodies and lowest costs to find the school for you.

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This article looks exclusively at some of the more traditional private non-profit or public colleges and universities near Reading, Pennsylvania. To help local students determine if any of these schools are worth pursuing further, we compare and contrast them according to information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Reading, Pennsylvania

Although there aren't that many schools within a reasonable distance of Reading, prospective students in this area who value shorter commute times can choose from a few public universities and community colleges. According to the NCES, these schools have the closest campuses to Reading:

  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks (2 miles)
  • Reading Area Community College (2 miles)
  • Albright College (2 miles)
  • Alvernia College (3.2 miles)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (14.7 miles)

Largest Schools near Reading, Pennsylvania

The Reading area does not include any schools of a significant size, but students near Reading who value student population when making their application decisions have a few options of schools with student bodies numbering a few thousand. These schools have the largest student populations near Reading:

  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (8,995 students)
  • Reading Area Community College (4,090 students)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks (2,906 students)
  • Alvernia University (2,856 students)
  • Albright College (2,267 students)

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Schools with Lowest Net Price

In order to understand a particular school's net price, simply take the average cost of attendance and subtract from it the average amount of financial aid given to full-time undergrads. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the Reading schools with the lowest net prices were:

  • Reading Area Community College ($10,213)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill ($15,176)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania ($18,822)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks ($20,967)
  • Franklin and Marshall College ($23,092)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The NCES compiles graduation rates for different schools by taking the percentage of a school's full-time undergraduate population who complete their degrees no longer than 150% of the standard length of time for that program. The schools near Reading with the highest graduation rates are:

  • Franklin and Marshall College (87% graduation rate)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks (62% graduation rate)
  • Albright College (58% graduation rate)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (54% graduation rate)
  • Alvernia University (51% graduation rate)

Even in lesser-populated areas, these kinds of factors can be extremely helpful in determining which schools in a particular area are best for you, your preferences and your educational future.

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