The state of Pennsylvania got its name from a land grant owed to William Penn to repay a debt by King Charles II. Today the state borders New York, New jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada. The state is host to an incredible number of public and private institutions of higher learning, and home to one of the oldest in the United States of America.
Pennsylvania has two state run systems for colleges and universities, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Commonwealth System of Higher Education. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the 10th largest system of schools in the United States. It is comprised of fourteen schools that are located throughout the state and are the only wholly owned and governed public institutions in Pennsylvania.
Some PSSHE Schools:
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester)
- Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (Maxatawny Township)
- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg)
- California University of Pennsylvania (California)
- Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock)
The Commonwealth System of Higher Education is comprised of four mains schools and a large number of branches and affiliated schools. Schools within the CSHE are publically funded but independently operated. As such tuition is higher than PSSHE schools but lower than private institutions.
The four primary schools in the CSHE:
- Lincoln University (Philadelphia)
- The Pennsylvania State University (State College)
- University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh)
- Temple University (Philadelphia)
Additionally, Pennsylvania is home to a large number of private colleges that run the gamut from liberal arts colleges, to evangelical schools, to an Ivy League institution. These schools offer individuals educational opportunities that may be unavailable at public institutions, or have a history and notoriety that makes acceptance to them highly desirable. Some of these private institutions may have unique curriculums and experiential teaching methods, or may focus more on research. Private schools are typically more expensive than public schools, but usually offer resources or class sizes that public institutions may be unable to provide.
Some larger private institutions include:
- University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
- Duquesne University (Pittsburgh)
- Villanova (Radnor Township)
- Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh)
- Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia)
The state of Pennsylvania also has a large network of community colleges providing 2 year educations in technical and vocational fields as well as offering transfer opportunities into four year institutions. Along with the community colleges are a large number of private technical and vocational schools offering certificate and diploma programs geared at quickly providing the skills and education necessary for individuals to enter the work force as skilled labor.
Browse Schools by Career in Pennsylvania
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Pennsylvania (M.D.) (7 Schools)
- Pharmacy Schools in Pennsylvania (Pharm. D.) (7 Schools)
- Physical Therapy Schools in Pennsylvania (DPT, MPT) (16 Schools)
- Dental Schools in Pennsylvania (D.D.S.) (3 Schools)
- Veterinary Schools in Pennsylvania (D.V.M.) (1 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Pennsylvania (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (153 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Pennsylvania (J.D.) (9 Schools)