Top Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities

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Pennsylvania is located in the middle Atlantic region of the United States. There are many nationally recognized colleges and universities in the university school system of Pennsylvania, five of which are described below.
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Top Five Schools in Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private educational institution and was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. It is also a member of the Ivy League and was ranked fifth in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The school is located in Philadelphia and has an undergraduate student population of 9,710. Penn, as it is often commonly referred to, was one of the first universities in the U.S. to focus on several different areas of study, such as commerce, classics, medicine and theology. Today, the school has grown to include 12 professional schools, such as the Annenberg School for Communication, School of Education, Law School, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, School of Design, Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, School of Social Policy and Practice, School of Veterinary Medicine and the nationally-recognized Wharton School of Business. The undergraduate tuition is $35,918.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a private educational institution and was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900. It has an undergraduate student population of 5,495 and the U.S. News & World Report ranked its undergraduate program as 22nd in the nation. Carnegie Mellon is also nationally known for its outstanding programs in engineering, science, graphic design, public policy analysis and business. The university comprises seven professional schools and universities, which are the Tepper School of Business, John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Mellon College of Science, the Institute of Technology, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science. The undergraduate tuition is $36,950.

Lehigh University

Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by Asa Packer and is a private institution. The university is located in Bethlehem and has 4,720 undergraduate students on campus. The university was originally conceived as a four-year technical school but has since grown to include four colleges: Business and Economics, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science and Education. The undergraduate tuition at Lehigh University is $35,310.

Pennsylvania State University-University Park

Pennsylvania State University is a public educational institution and was founded in 1855. The school is located in State College and boasts a student population of over 84,000, which easily ranks it as one of the largest universities in the country. Students attending Penn State can choose from among a mind-boggling 160 majors. Pennsylvania State University is ranked 48th by U.S. News & World Report. Even though the university is quite large it also has some 19 commonwealth campuses located throughout Pennsylvania. The undergraduate tuition for a resident is $13,520 and is $24,708 for non-residents.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh, founded in 1787, is a public educational institution. The university is located in Pittsburgh and has an undergraduate student population of 17,246. The University of Pittsburgh is known nationally for its work in developing the first polio vaccine as well as its stellar programs in philosophy and medicine. Pitt, as it is commonly referred to, was ranked 59th among all other national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Today Pitt is known as being a university with very high research activity especially in the fields of engineering and science. For residents the undergraduate tuition is $12,106 and $21,606 for non-residents. For students wishing to enter into the schools of business administration, engineering, information sciences, nursing or health and rehab sciences, the costs are higher.

Popular Schools

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    1. Berks Technical Institute

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice - Associate in Specialized Business
      • Business Administration - Associate in Specialized Business
      • Dental Assisting - Associate in Specialized Technology
      • Drafting Technology - Associate in Specialized Technology
      • Early Childhood Education - Associate in Specialized Business
      • Medical Assisting - Associate in Specialized Business
    Certificate
      • Mechatronics - Diploma
      • Massage Therapy - Diploma
      • Medical Billing and Coding - Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
      • DBA: Marketing
      • DBA: Project Management
      • DBA: Human Resources
    Master's
      • MA: Communication
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MA: Professional Counseling (60-hour)
      • Master of Arts in Public Policy - Public Administration
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
      • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • MS in Nursing: Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - General
      • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education
      • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Evaluation
      • PhD in Education - Learning, Instruction & Innovation
      • PhD in Psychology - Teaching
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor: Health Care Management
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
      • Associate of Science - Technology Studies
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
      • Networking Systems Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    8. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Communication/Journalism
      • BA in Criminal Justice
      • BA in Criminal Justice/Human Services
      • BA in Humanities
      • BA in Psychology
    Associate's
      • AA in Criminal Justice
      • AA in Psychology
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AA in Sociology
      • AS in Accounting
      • AS in Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
      • Health Sciences (Ph.D.)
      • Doctor of Business Administration
      • Educational Leadership (Ed. D.)
      • Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Sciences (BSCS)
      • Business Administration (BSBA)
      • Human Resources Management (BSHRM)
      • Homeland Security (BSHLS)
      • Information Technology Management (BSITM)
      • Leadership (BSL)
    Associate's
      • Professional Studies (ASPS)
    Certificate
      • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Concordia University Portland

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Methods & Curriculum
      • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Reading
      • M.S. - Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education

Featured Schools

Berks Technical Institute

  • Criminal Justice - Associate in Specialized Business
  • Business Administration - Associate in Specialized Business
  • Mechatronics - Diploma
  • Massage Therapy - Diploma

What is your highest level of education completed?

Liberty University

  • Doctor Of Education - Leadership
  • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MA: Communication
  • MS: Criminal Justice

What is your highest level of education?

Grand Canyon University

  • DBA with an Emphasis in Marketing
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - General
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

What is your highest level of education?

New England College

  • BA in Business Administration/Management
  • BA in Communication/Journalism
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Psychology

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