Officially known as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania shares borders with Canada, and with the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. Harrisburg is the state capital, while Philadelphia is the largest city. Other major cities include Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Pennsylvania had a total population of 12,773,801 as of July 1, 2013.
Pennsylvania’s major economic sectors include energy, technology, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism, and life sciences. The state has the second largest energy field in the world, and has long been recognized as a major agricultural hub and food manufacturing state. In 2013, the state exported more than $1.8 billion in agricultural commodities, and more than $30 billion worth of food products.
The Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, in consultation with the State Board of Education, oversees postsecondary and higher education programs in the state, including the authorization of colleges, universities and trade schools. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education comprises 14 public universities with a combined enrollment of more than 100,000 students. Overall, the state boasts more than 270 colleges and universities, including independent for profit and not-for profit institutions.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, contact theOffice of Postsecondary and Higher Education.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|Dickinson Colege||Biological/Life Sciences,Business,Interdisciplinary Studies||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Montgomery County Community College||Business,Family/ Consumer Services,Psychology||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Lafayette College||Biology,Economics/ Business,Government/ Law||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania||Business,Health,Social Sciences||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Gannon University||Business,Health,Parks/Recreation||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Drexel University||Business,Communications/ Journalism,Education||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College||Culinary Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Pittsburgh||Economics,Finance,Nursing||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Mercyhurst University||Business,Health,Liberal Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Community College of Philadelphia||Public||>10,000||Request Info|