Pennsylvania Colleges

Nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools are located in Pennsylvania including the country’s first college, Dickinson College of Carlisle. The state is filled with history from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the state capital Harrisburg with Pittsburgh, Scranton, Lancaster, Allentown and Johnsontown adding to the mix. The highly selective private options University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Drexel University, and Lehigh University . Philadelphia-based University of Pittsburgh, Main and Temple University top the selection of public post secondary education institutions. Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus, or Penn State, is another popular public university and in addition to the main campus in the University Park area of State College, there are 23 other campuses throughout the state. Because the school has so many campuses, enrollment tops 84,000 making it one of the top ten largest public universities in the country. The selection of Pennsylvania colleges is not without 2-year options either with a list of community colleges, technical schools and career colleges including Community College of Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College.

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Pennsylvania College and Degree Offerings

With a wide-variety of public and private universities, technical schools and colleges in Pennsylvania, the degree options are vast. At Penn State alone, you’ll find over 160 bachelors degree programs to choose from and the list of over 450 schools only adds to the majors available. Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies degrees are available from several schools including Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Haverford College and Dickinson College. Many masters degree students seek graduate school educations at Pennsylvania colleges as well. More than two dozen 2-year schools and community colleges are located in the state providing certificate programs, 2-year career training degrees and transfer degree options.

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To provide you with the most accurate and helpful facts, our Top 10 Most Popular results are based on a combination of program or major graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, and the popularity of a school on our web site.

Pennsylvania Career Opportunities

With major cities in every corner of the state—Pittsburgh, Erie, Scranton and Allentown—Pennsylvania is filled with opportunities to pursue after attending one of the colleges in Pennsylvania. Management is one of the fastest growing career sectors for graduates of Pennsylvania colleges. Business Administration and Management, Finance and Accounting & Related Services are all smart degree programs to pursue as well. Banking is one of the state’s biggest economic drivers, the first national chartered bank was founded in Philadelphia and Mellon Financial Corporation is one of the top five employers in the state. Graduates of the state’s best business schools such as the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton will be first in line for top jobs. In addition, the University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia has one of the top Education programs in the country, which can prepare students for in-demand careers in Education and Teaching and Early Childhood Education. Healthcare careers from technical positions to support occupations are also growing at a rapid pace and schools such as St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing, York County School of Technology Practical Nursing will help students prepare for these careers. Nursing, Medical Assistant Professions, Ultrasound Technician, Mental & Social Health Services and Healthcare Administration are all growing careers.

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