Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is home to some of America's most significant historical spots: the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for example, and Gettysburg, the Civil War battleground that is now a national park. It's fitting that a state with so much to learn about also has plenty of opportunities for education. The University of Pennsylvania has more than a dozen campus locations throughout the state, while Penn State also offers numerous campus sites including the well-known State College, home to the Nittany Lions. Other postsecondary public school institutions exist, particularly in Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the state (following Philadelphia), and in Harrisburg, the state's capital. In their off-time, students should find plenty to do in Pennsylvania: They can explore any of the 100-plus state parks, catch a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, create their own "Rocky" moment by running up the stairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or head over to Punxsutawney come Groundhog Day to see whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow.


Establishing your career with a Pennsylvania college degree

Computer fields are expected to be some of the most promising in terms of occupational growth in the state. Opportunities for network systems and data communications specialists are predicted to grow by more than 27 percent--growth considered faster than average by the Bureau of Labor Statistics--during the 2008 to 2018 decade. Occupations for computer software engineers are also expected to see considerable growth from 18 to 26 percent. Other fields that require a bachelor's degree that are predicted to see high growth in upcoming years include those for computer systems analysts as well as postsecondary teachers. The state is also home to 23 Fortune 500 companies including Comcast, Erie Insurance Group and Rite Aid.

Mean annual wages for workers in some of these fields were, according to 2010 BLS data:

  1. Computer systems analysts: $79,780
  2. General and operations managers: $106,180
  3. Insurance agents: $73,840
  4. Network and computer systems administrators: $74,720
  5. Postsecondary teachers: $74,500
  6. Systems software developers: $94,800

You'll find a number of colleges and careers that you can explore in Pennsylvania. More than $30 billion in Recovery Act funds are headed into Pennsylvania with $5.9 billion of that going toward the workforce and $3 billion going toward education, according to the state website page. With that being said, an education could be your 'key' to finding a growing career in Pennsylvania.

See also: Pennsylvania Vocational Schools and Career Training

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            Albright College
            Reading, Pennsylvania www.albright.edu
            Allegany College of Maryland
            Cumberland, MD; also Somerset, Everett PA (formerly known as Allegany Community College) www.allegany.edu
            Allegheny College
            Meadville, Pennsylvania www.allegheny.edu
            Arcadia University
            Glenside, Pennsylvania www.arcadia.edu
            Baptist Bible College and Seminary
            Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania www.bbc.edu
            Bryn Athyn College of the New Church
            Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania www.brynathyn.edu
            Bryn Mawr College
            Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania www.brynmawr.edu
            Bucknell University
            Lewisburg, Pennsylvania www.bucknell.edu
            Butler County Community College
            Butler, Pennsylvania www.bc3.edu
            Cabrini College
            Radnor, Pennsylvania www.cabrini.edu
            Carlow University
            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.carlow.edu
            Carnegie Mellon University
            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.cmu.edu
            Chestnut Hill College
            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.chc.edu
            Community College of Allegheny County
            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.ccac.edu
            Community College of Beaver County
            Monaca, Chippewa, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania www.ccbc.edu
            Curtis Institute of Music
            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.curtis.edu
            DeSales University
            Center Valley, Pennsylvania www.desales.edu
            Dickinson College
            Carlisle, Pennsylvania www.dickinson.edu
            Drexel University
            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.drexel.edu
            Elizabethtown College
            Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania www.etown.edu
            Franklin and Marshall College
            Lancaster, Pennnsylvania www.fandm.edu
            Gannon University
            Erie, Pennsylvania www.gannon.edu
            Gettysburg College
            Gettysburg, Pennsylvania www.gettysburg.edu
            Harcum College
            Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania www.harcum.edu
            Haverford College
            Haverford, Pennsylvania www.haverford.edu
            Juniata College
            Huntingdon, Pennsylvania www.juniata.edu
            Keystone College
            LaPlume, Pennsylvania www.keystone.edu
            Lackawanna College
            Scranton, Hazelton, Honesdale, Towanda, Pennsylvania www.lackawanna.edu
            Lebanon Valley College
            Annville, Pennsylvania www.lvc.edu
            Lehigh Carbon Community College
            Schnecksville, several satellite campuses, Pennsylvania www.lccc.edu
            Lehigh University
            Bethlehem, Pennsylvania www.lehigh.edu
            Luzerne County Community College
            Nanticoke, Pennsylvania www.luzerne.edu
            Lycoming College
            Williamsport, Pennsylvania www.lycoming.edu
            Mercer County Career Center
            Mercer, Pennsylvania www.mccc.tec.pa.us
            Mercyhurst College
            Erie, Pennsylvania www.mercyhurst.edu
            Montgomery County Community College
            Blue Bell, Pottstown, Pennsylvania www.mc3.edu
            Northampton Community College
            Bethlehem, Pennsylvania www.northampton.edu
            PASSHE - Clarion University of Pennsylvania
            Clarion, PA www.clarion.edu
            PASSHE - East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
            East Stroudsburg, PA www.esu.edu
            PASSHE - Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
            Lock Haven, PA www.lhup.edu
            Peirce College
            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania www.peirce.edu
            Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
            Media, Pennsylvania www.pit.edu
            Philadelphia Biblical University
            Langhorne, Pennsylvania www.pbu.edu
            Point Park University
            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.pointpark.edu
            PSU - Penn State Altoona
            Altoona, Pennsylvania www.aa.psu.edu
            PSU - Penn State New Kensington
            New Kensington, Pennsylvania www.nk.psu.edu
            Robert Morris University
            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania www.rmu.edu
            Saint Francis University
            Loretto, Pennsylvania www.francis.edu
            Saint Vincent College
            Latrobe, Pennsylvania www.stvincent.edu
            Seton Hill University
            Greensburg, Pennsylvania www.setonhill.edu
            Swarthmore College
            Swarthmore, Pennsylvania www.swarthmore.edu
            Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia
            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
            Temple University
            Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Multiple campuses in PA, also London, Rome, Japan www.temple.edu