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. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
      • BA: Liberal Studies
      • BA: Psychology
      • BA: Psychology - General
      • BS: Computer Science
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Liberal Arts
      • AA: Business Administration
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
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    2. 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 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
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
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    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    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. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts - Communication and Media Studies
      • Master of Education - Middle Grades
      • Master of Science - Entrepreneurship
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Communication Management
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership -Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Human Resource Management
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Marketing
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Middle Grade Education
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Communication Management
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
    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)
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education - Character Education
      • Doctor of Education - Curriculum & Instruction
      • Doctor of Education - Higher Education
      • Ph.D. in Communication
      • Ph.D. in Education - Character Education
      • Ph.D. in Education - Curriculum & Instruction
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Journalism
      • Master of Arts in Law - Business
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Journalism
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
    Certificate
      • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program - Autism Certificate
      • M.Ed. in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate
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    8. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinishing
      • Medical Assistant
      • Automotive Technology
      • Computer & Network Support Technician
      • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
      • Electrical/Electronics
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
    10. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

Featured Schools

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
  • AA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Liberal Arts

What is your highest level of education completed?

Purdue University Global

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

Which subject are you interested in?

Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?

Brenau University

  • Master of Arts - Communication and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
  • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
  • Education Specialist - Middle Grade Education

What is your highest level of education completed?

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Science Writing

What is your highest level of education?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • Doctor of Education - Character Education
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program - Autism Certificate

What is your highest level of education completed?

Lincoln Tech

  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Automotive Technology

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