While supplemental education is not available for students in grades K-8, it is an option for some students in grades 9-12. However, fully online education options are available to all students in grades K-12. Pennsylvania had 14 cyber charter schools serving 36,596 students in grades K–12 during the 2013-2014 school year. These cyber charter schools have been an important aspect of K-12 fully online education in Pennsylvania since 1998, when SusQ-Cyber Charter School started offering online learning to Pennsylvania students. Blended Schools Network also works with several school districts to provide blended, supplemental and also technology-based programs.
|SCHOOL NAME||GRADE LEVELS||CITY||SCHEDULE||TYPE||PHONE NUMBER|
|Agora Cyber Charter School||K - 12||Wayne||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(866) 548-9452|
|Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School||K - 12||Midland||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(724) 643-1180|
|21st Century Cyber Charter School||6 - 12||Exton||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(877) 932-2923|
|Achievement House Charter School||7 - 12||Exton||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(484) 615-6200|
|Keystone School||6 - 12||Bloomsburg||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(800) 255-4937|
|Penn Foster High School||9 - 12||Scranton||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(800) 214-5278|
|SusQ-Cyber Charter School||9 - 12||Bloomsburg||Live/Synchronous||Public||(866) 370-1226|
|Bald Eagle Area Cyber Academy||K - 12||Wingate||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(814) 353-1413|
|Central PA Digital Learning Foundation||K - 12||Altoona||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(814) 940-6989|
This breadth of higher learning options creates a vast selection of online schools postsecondary schools in Pennsylvania. From its associate degree granting colleges to its largest establishments, there are over 60 online schools in Pennsylvania offering certificates and degrees to online learners. Pennsylvania State University alone offers over 90 online degree and certificate programs through PennOnline. Many of the state’s community colleges also offer online courses via several options including audio/video courses, email, live chat sessions, teleconferencing and more. Private universities are also leading the way for online schools in Pennsylvania, with Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative offering approximately 20 free courses in topics ranging from French to statistics.
Many public universities in Pennsylvania are known for offering reduced tuition to Pennsylvania residents. With a large number of public schools, students have many learning environments to choose from, ranging from studying alongside 45,000 students at PSU to the personalized attention offered by Cheney University of Pennsylvania to its cohort of 2,000 students. Many attendees participate in work-study programs to offset the cost of tuition; numerous grants, scholarships, and student loans are also available.
Over half a million students attend community colleges in Pennsylvania, divided among 14 campuses spread across the state and accounting for one fifth of all undergraduates. Offering myriad certificate programs, associates’ degrees and options for transferring to a four-year college, graduates of these two-year programs have countless opportunities. While many use community college as a springboard to further education, others take advantage of the technical programs and career advising that will lead directly to a job. Other non-degree options include GED courses, ESL classes, and employee training. Online learning opportunities offered by community colleges are perennially popular.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Pennsylvania Highlands Community College||101 Community College Way||Johnstown||+|
|Luzerne County Community College||1333 South Prospect Street||Nanticoke||+|
|Community College of Philadelphia||1700 Spring Garden St||Philadelphia||+|
|Montgomery County Community College||340 Dekalb Pike||Blue Bell||+|
Pennsylvania is home to numerous private universities recognized worldwide for exceptional education, research and graduate opportunities. UPenn, an Ivy League research school in Philadelphia, confers some of the country’s most prestigious degrees. Aside from other traditional universities, several private specialty schools operate across the state, offering degrees focused on art and design, music, nursing and health sciences. The University of the Arts is one of the country’s only institutions exclusively devoted to arts and design. Approximately 40 percent of all students are enrolled in private universities, one sixth of these being minorities. Additionally, the state welcomes over 30,000 non-resident freshmen each year, making it the second most popular destination for out of state learning.
Pennsylvania State University
PSU’s Penn State World Campus offers over 120 degree and certificate courses of study in a wide range of subject areas including business and management, education, energy and sustainability studies, engineering, health and family services, homeland security, law and public policy, nursing, technology and more. These programs cater to every level of student, including those looking for associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees. As an online school in Pennsylvania, PSU makes it easy for students to earn the majority of degrees entirely online with the exception of a few graduate degrees requiring a residency component. Most classes are asynchronous, meaning students do not have to attend at a specific time; however, they will need to complete coursework within the standard 12 to 15 week semester. Technology plays a central role in all online offerings; students interact with their instructors and fellow students via Skype, Blackboard Collaborate, discussion forums and email.
For more information, go to:http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu.
Slippery Rock University
The online school in Pennsylvania offers a variety of programs, including undergraduate, graduate, certificate and endorsement courses all offered completely online. While only two bachelor level courses are offered, both in Nursing, the graduate division is much more extensive. Subject areas include criminology and criminal justice, education, history, nursing, park and resource management and environmental education. The majority of online classes are presented asynchronously with professors typically posting a reading assignment, lecture notes, and a series of activities at the beginning of the week that must be completed by a set deadline. Most interaction between a student, professor and other students is accomplished through use of the Desire2Learn Learning Management System.
More information on Slippery Rock’s distance education programs can be found at: http://www.sru.edu/academics/distance_education/Pages/home.aspx.
University of Pittsburgh
Through its PittOnline distance learning portal, the University of Pittsburgh offers 12 master’s degrees or certificates as an online school in Pennsylvania. The offerings are wide ranging, including nursing, education, social and urban research, business, and information sciences. Online students enjoy access to the same faculty and resources as on campus students, with some customizability for scheduling offered. One notable distinction about PittOnline’s degrees and certificates is that once a student graduates, there is no marker by the university to indicate that the degree was earned online. A small gesture, but one that signals the broader university’s commitment to equal treatment of online and on-campus degree types.
To learn more about the University of Pittsburgh’s PittOnline program and specific admission requirements, visit: http://www.online.pitt.edu/index.php
As an online school in Pennsylvania, Drexel University has taken a pioneering role, offering courses online since 1996 through its Drexel Online program. Drexel Online offers online bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate degrees and certificates in a wide array of disciplines totaling over 100 online degrees. Some available online bachelor’s degrees include communications, psychology, business administration, and education. Online master’s degree programs are available in subjects such as clinical research for health professionals, construction management, computer science, electrical engineering and even an MBA.
Drexel Online prominently encourages military personnel and veterans to enroll in its online learning programs, citing scheduling flexibility, educational quality, and lifting its caps on the number of veteran students who may qualify for free tuition through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.
To learn more about online learning at Drexel University, visit: http://www.drexel.com/
Through its Office of Distance Education, Lehigh University channels its online learning focus toward attracting working professionals and graduate students by providing online master’s degrees and certificates with flexibility to meet their needs. While selective, the nine graduate degrees and certificates that Lehigh offers online represent a rigorous curriculum and exemplify the university’s high educational standards. At the graduate level, popular programs include business, molecular biology, chemical engineering and manufacturing systems engineering. As further commitment to its focus on being an online school in Pennsylvania that attracts working professionals, two different learning platforms are offered. ClassroomLIVE is an integrated online classroom operating in real-time, while ClassroomOnline is an asynchronous format offering greater scheduling flexibility.
For more information about Lehigh University’s online learning options, visit: http://distance.lehigh.edu/
Best Online Schools in Pennsylvania for 2015-2016
|Score||Student/teacher ratio||Financial aid||Cost||more|
|1||Cedar Crest College||99.12||9:1||100%|
With degrees in business administration, education, criminal justice, and nursing, Cedar Crest offers intensive online programs that allow students to complete their degrees in as few as two years, working through short seven week course sessions. Cedar Crest has been recognized as a best value and best regional college by U.S. News and World Report and provides the personalized attention people expect from a private college, while providing the flexibility working adults require. With affordable tuition, plenty of financial aid, and a strong academic reputation, Cedar Crest is a wise choice for anyone looking to complete their education in a timely manner.
Choose from nursing, health sciences, business and communication, creative and design arts, and education to further your educational and professional development. Apply what you're learning to your work life immediately through tailored course work and hands on engagement from professors and through interaction with your fellow students. Chatham also offers options for students to complete partially started degrees in a variety of fields, allowing them to move up the career ladder, bettering their chances of promotions and a better work life. Customize your education to your career choice, earning a degree in a field that will allow you to do what you love in a short amount of time.
Through the flexible, accelerated format of the IU online degree completion program, students can earn their degree in as little as two years. B.S. degrees are offered in Health Care Management, Finance, Business, Health Information Management, Marketing Management and more. The program follows a cohort-based curriculum and intersects intensive study with real-world application opportunities to provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to excel in the business and health care field. Courses are self-paced and can be taken in either 7 or 15 week sessions. The programs are designed to meet the needs of community college students as well as military personnel who wish to maintain a work-life balance while earning their degree.
King University offers degrees at all levels, from associate to doctoral, some of which can be earned entirely online for students of the distance learning program. With offerings in over 80 different majors, undergraduates completing their degree online will receive the same comprehensive, interdisciplinary education, with the added benefit of choosing where and when to complete their coursework. Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in a wide range of areas, from Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Information Technology, to Psychology, Healthcare Administration, and Religious Studies. Pre-professional and master degree programs are also available.
|5||Mount Aloysius College||98.73||13:1||100%|
One of the sixteen Mercy Colleges in the nation, Mount Aloysius offers fully-accredited degree programs for students to study arts, sciences and health-studies. The private, liberal arts university has a specialty, online accelerated program which allows students with some college credit, or an associate's degree, to earn their Bachelor of Business Administration degree in just over two years, with Business and Finance certificates also available. The RN to BSN online degree program offers courses entirely online in 8 week sessions. Courses will be taught by faculty who are experts in the field of study, and will include online discussions and virtual lectures.
The Online Learning Program at Keystone is a virtual campus platform that enables undergraduates to earn their Business Administration or Accounting degree entirely online. These 120 credit degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, with 2 classes taken per 7 week term. There are no required log in times, so students can maintain a healthy work-life balance while receiving a quality education that prepares them for the workforce. The self-paced courses of this dynamic curriculum will allow business students to conveniently gain skills in advertising, finance, human resources, public administration and more; while graduates of the accounting program will be prepared to take the CPA/CMA exams.
|7||Point Park University||98.62||13:1||99%|
Point Park University is one of the only thirteen colleges in America to offer and gain recognition for offering a Public Administration degree program with a distinct focus on Fire Service Administration. The B.S. in Public Administration, with a concentration also offered in EMS Administration, can be earned entirely online, and in as little as two years. This non-profit university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers over 82 undergraduate degree programs, with online degrees available in Business, Organizational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and Intelligence and Global/National Security. Master degree programs and a doctoral program are also available.
|8||Holy Family University||98.41||12:1||100%|
This Catholic university is made up of four schools Arts & Sciences, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Business Administration and Education and offers undergraduates over 100 degree programs to choose from. Through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the university offers a B.S. in Radiologic Science degree, which can be earned entirely online. Students can choose to earn this degree along the general track, or to complete it along one of the three specialty tracks available for post-primary certification: Computer Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, or Vascular Intervention. All coursework will be completed with online instruction via Blackboard Learning Management System.
The Bachelor of Science degrees offered at Drexel, which include programs in business, science and healthcare ranging from Business and Health Administration Services, to Computing and Security, can be earned 100% online. Interactive technologies and multi-media platforms are used to engage students and facilitate collaboration without sacrificing convenience. The program also incorporates the Digital Dragon, which leverages the university's partnership with over 500 corporations, healthcare systems, schools, and professional associations, giving students access to a network of professionals to engage with. Master degree and certificate programs are also offered entirely online.
|10||La Salle University||98.26||12:1||99%|
The online environment at La Salle has degree offerings for students to earn or complete their degree in the fields of technology, science and business. Graduate and graduate certificate programs are available, as well as undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs in Organizational Leadership, Pre-Speech Language Pathology, and Nursing (RN to BSN). The online programs offer instruction for any time of day or night, giving students a flexible and convenient platform for completing coursework. Courses are 7 weeks long and can be taken two per semester. Graduates of Bucks County Community College or Mercer Community College can enroll in the specialized 2+2 program to complete their degree along an accelerated track follow a cohort model.
The School of Professional and Continuing Studies provide adult learners and working professionals the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Services, Human Services with Behavioral and Addiction Counseling, or Health Care Administration online. The non-traditional EXCEL degree completion program is an accelerated format that allows students with 50 college credits a way to earn their degree in 5 week sessions. Students also have the choice to earn some credit online, and other through on-campus courses. A MBA degree program can also be earned entirely online.
Students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration entirely online through either part-time or full-time study. The online business program, accredited by AACSB International, is geared toward adult learners and busy professionals. The Fox Business School offers courses which are taught through advanced technology such as WebEx web-conferencing and Blackboard Learning Management System. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of study areas, with majors offered in Business Management, Marketing, Legal Studies and Accounting.
|13||Saint Francis University||97.86||14:1||98%|
Students interested in either pursuing or advancing an existing career in the field of healthcare and science will benefit from these online degree programs which are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science or Health Studies, and graduates can earn a Master of Health Science, Medical Science, or Human Resource Management. The interactive learning environment of Blackboard Learn allows students to enhance both their career and education simultaneously, with courses operating through discussion boards, chat rooms, videoconferencing, streaming video, on-demand lectures, and other digital media and software technologies.
The ACCESS Program offered at DeSales offers individual courses and full degree programs entirely online to make earning a certificate or bachelor certificate degree simple and seamless for working adults. Courses are offered in both asynchronous and synchronous formats in 6-8 week sessions, with two start dates throughout the year. Business students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, Marketing and more. The interactive, virtual classrooms are held via Blackboard Learn and are taught by the same expert faculty that teach on-campus, allowing students the same quality educational experience they would get by attending campus, without having to sacrifice their work schedule.
|15||Robert Morris University||97.72||15:1||100%|
With over 49 majors and over 100 concentrations and minors to choose from, undergraduates at Robert Morris offers a wide range of degree programs 21 of which can be earned entirely online. RMU Online has degree program offerings in Business, Health Services Administration, Nursing, Psychology, Criminal justice, and Hospitality/Tourism Management, as well as a unique Cyber Forensic Info Security degree that merges the concepts of technology, business and law to prepare students with the distinct and highly-sought often skills necessary to help business operations excel in today's digital environment. The online program emphasizes the importance of providing online students with the same attention and accessibility as traditional students, offering 25/7 support, instruction and resources needed for academic success.
Among the various certificate, associate's and master's degree programs offered entirely online at this Christian university, undergraduates interested in future management and leadership positions in business will most benefit by earning their a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Through the School of Management Studies, the 121 credit degree programs are both offered in blended or 100% online formats. The accelerated track allows students to earn their degree by taking courses in 6 week terms, with two start times throughout the year. The core curriculum is designed around providing undergraduates with the self-management, discipline and leadership skills that facilitate professional success in virtually any field.
|17||Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences||97.5||12:1||87%|
Undergraduates interested in the field of health science can earn their bachelor's degree entirely online at this private institution. With degrees offered in Health Sciences, Health Care Administration, and Nursing, as well as master and professional certificate programs available, the online program provides an academic environment of stimulation learning and instructional design through advanced technologies. Courses operate through Blackboard Learn, with a curriculum focused on providing students and professionals the ability to advance their existing career, or make them better qualified for leadership and management positions in today's dynamic field of health care.
|18||Saint Joseph’s University||97.46||15:1||97%|
Students at Saint Joseph's University have a wide range of online degree options, from master's degrees and graduate certificates to online adult learner degrees and certificates. It offers four online undergraduate degrees and 15 master's programs. New students can attend a virtual open house to get to know the school and its instructors and policies prior to beginning their program. An online study area helps students find help and resources in their field of study. SJU aims to help students reach their academic potential while helping them find their enduring Purpose and making the world a better place.
|19||Gwynedd Mercy University||97.39||14:1||100%|
The accelerated and online degree programs offered at this Catholic university, which is one of the six Mercy Colleges, allows students to earn a liberal arts education, with degree offerings in over 50 programs. Undergraduates can earn a B.S. in Business Administration, Organizational Management or Health Administration entirely online, with interactive classes offered on a virtual platform that combine theory and practical application skills for professional success. The online department now also offers a new concentration area in Sports Management and Leadership through the IACBE accredited School of Business. A MBA program is also available entirely online.
Online undergraduate and graduate programs at Clarion University are taught over seven week sessions. More than a dozen of fully online courses are available. A Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and a Master of Science in Library Science are among the school's online programs. Orientation gives new students a real feel for what it's like to take virtual courses. During orientation, students learn how to navigate Desire2Learn and MyClarion. Graduation is the only time that adults come to campus. However, there are opportunities to participate in events and meet classmates who live in other states and countries.
|21||Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||96.17||21:1||89%|
Through Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, adults find alternative ways to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Experienced registered nurses who are interested in advancing their education generally qualify for admittance. Most online courses are taught over 7.5 weeks. Portals to assignments are kept open 24/7, making it possible for full-time working adults to earn a degree. Academic advisement is provided on a scheduled basis. It's possible to transfer credits from another school into the online degree completion option. Once adults register for classes, they log into MySRU to upload completed work.
Early days at Peirce College's distance education classes looked to slow dial up connections. Today, nearly a dozen online degrees are offered, giving adults the advantages of advanced technological interactions. Careers that degrees are conferred in cover a range of fields, including human resources, business, criminal justice and information technology. MyPeirce promotes live interaction between learners and instructors, using tools like streamed videos and threaded discussions. This permits assimilated classroom experiences. It also provides opportunities for learners to receive answers to their questions in real time. Regarding time and flexibility, most assignments can be worked on at the student's discretion, but must be submitted for review by deadlines.
|23||California University of Pennsylvania||95.67||22:1||89%|
To support changing student demographics and learning needs, California University of Pennsylvania has more than 40 online programs. All that adults need to start earning a Bachelor's in computer information systems, homeland security, nursing or another interdisciplinary field is an Internet connection. Certificates and graduate degrees are also available. There's a dedicated online support team that helps with course selection, registration and managing the demands of course deliverables with work and home life. Through Desire2Learn, students access recorded videos, live discussions, registration and academic support. Additional resources for students include an online orientation, internships and the campus network.
|24||Pennsylvania State University-World Campus||94.51||13:1||91%|
A first step to earning an online degree like a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Pennsylvania State University-World Campus is to speak with a Student Services counselor. The counselor reviews the student's career goals, ensuring that courses equip students with the skills to succeed at chosen careers. Skype, discussion forums, Blackboard and campus email are used to make classes interactive. Typically, each class runs 12 or 15 weeks. If adults can commit between 8 to 12 hours a week for each three credit course they take, they should be able to remain on track.
|25||Widener University-Harrisburg Campus||87.63||N/A||N/A|
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), fully online Widener University programs like the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing give busy adults the flexibility to complete their degree outside of a traditional classroom setting. About 120 credits are built into the Bachelor programs. An additional two years is needed to earn an online Master of Social Work or a Master of Business Administration. Around the clock support comes through the help desk. Student and career services get learners ready for registration and life after graduation. To strengthen their learning, students are encouraged to ask questions during live discussions.
4 Year Online Colleges in Pennsylvania
|SCHOOL NAME||TYPE||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Millersville University of Pennsylvania||Public||1 South George Street, Lyle Hall||Millersville||+|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||Public||201 Old Main||University Park||+|
|Immaculata University||Private not-for-profit||1145 King Rd||Immaculata||+|
|Mercyhurst University||Private not-for-profit||501 E 38th St||Erie||+|
|Pennsylvania State University-World Campus||Public||128 Outreach Building||University Park||+|
|Elizabethtown College||Private not-for-profit||One Alpha Dr||Elizabethtown||+|
|Lock Haven University||Public||401 North Fairview Street||Lock Haven||+|
|Marywood University||Private not-for-profit||2300 Adams Ave||Scranton||+|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College||Public||5091 Station Rd||Erie||+|
Best for Future Service Members
As the birthplace of America, Pennsylvania prides itself on the numerous post-secondary schools offering Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) programs. The state firmly believes serving one’s country and attending university can be done simultaneously; this belief is proven in the array of colleges offering ROTC Army, Navy and Air Force branches across the state. Below is a list of all nonprofit, four-year colleges that espouse these views and offer at least two ROTC programs on campus. These online schools in Pennsylvania deserve special recognition for successfully offering students reasonably priced education while enabling them to serve one’s country.
Best for Personal Attention
Post-secondary education in Pennsylvania began before we were a country, with the founding of the College of Philadelphia in 1754. Since then, college education in Pennsylvania has grown significantly, along with the number of undergrad students entering universities every fall. For students seeking a high quality education with comfortable, intimate class sizes, this list is for you. Some of these online schools in Pennsylvania have 5,000 students or more, but maintain an average student-teacher ratio less than 20 to 1.
|University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown||20 to 1||3,128||$11,970||Public||Johnstown|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington||20 to 1||4,142||$12,474||Public||Abington|
|Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania||20 to 1||7,632||$6,428||Public||Shippensburg|
|Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||20 to 1||8,989||$6,428||Public||Slippery Rock|
|Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia||19 to 1||119||$8,000||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Valley Forge Christian College||19 to 1||1,277||$16,642||Private not-for-profit||Phoenixville|
|Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||19 to 1||3,206||$6,428||Public||Mansfield|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona||19 to 1||4,313||$13,018||Public||Altoona|
|Clarion University of Pennsylvania||19 to 1||6,635||$6,428||Public||Clarion|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus||19 to 1||14,398||$6,428||Public||Indiana|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver||18 to 1||1,119||$12,474||Public||Monaca|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton||18 to 1||1,268||$12,474||Public||Hazleton|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine||18 to 1||1,853||$12,474||Public||Media|
|University of Pittsburgh-Bradford||18 to 1||1,881||$11,970||Public||Bradford|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks||18 to 1||3,098||$13,018||Public||Reading|
|Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||18 to 1||7,234||$6,428||Public||Edinboro|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||18 to 1||7,313||$12,000||Public||Williamsport|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||18 to 1||14,654||$6,428||Public||West Chester|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill||17 to 1||1,132||$12,474||Public||Schuylkill Haven|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||17 to 1||41,614||$15,562||Public||University Park|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley||16 to 1||1,068||$12,474||Public||Center Valley|
|Cheyney University of Pennsylvania||16 to 1||1,365||$6,428||Public||Cheyney|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington Scranton||16 to 1||1,504||$12,474||Public||Dunmore|
|Seton Hill University||16 to 1||2,535||$28,350||Private not-for-profit||Greensburg|
|Gwynedd Mercy College||16 to 1||2,641||$27,740||Private not-for-profit||Gwynedd Valley|
|Peirce College||16 to 1||2,853||$15,450||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College||16 to 1||4,437||$13,018||Public||Erie|
|York College Pennsylvania||16 to 1||5,800||$14,900||Private not-for-profit||York|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre||15 to 1||751||$12,474||Public||Lehman|
|Thiel College||15 to 1||1,125||$24,208||Private not-for-profit||Greenville|
|Thomas Jefferson University||15 to 1||1,243||$33,231||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Saint Francis University||15 to 1||1,945||$27,828||Private not-for-profit||Loretto|
|Delaware Valley College||15 to 1||2,218||$29,696||Private not-for-profit||Doylestown|
|Grove City College||15 to 1||2,487||$14,212||Private not-for-profit||Grove City|
|Mercyhurst University||15 to 1||2,874||$27,150||Private not-for-profit||Erie|
|Robert Morris University||15 to 1||4,426||$23,410||Private not-for-profit||Moon Township|
|Temple University||15 to 1||30,778||$13,006||Public||Philadelphia|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny||14 to 1||785||$12,474||Public||McKeesport|
|Lancaster Bible College||14 to 1||1,139||$17,110||Private not-for-profit||Lancaster|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto||14 to 1||1,328||$12,474||Public||Mont Alto|
|Lycoming College||14 to 1||1,414||$32,096||Private not-for-profit||Williamsport|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York||14 to 1||1,472||$12,474||Public||York|
|Lincoln University of Pennsylvania||14 to 1||1,845||$6,866||Public||Lincoln University|
|Geneva College||14 to 1||2,018||$24,480||Private not-for-profit||Beaver Falls|
|Wilkes University||14 to 1||2,443||$27,908||Private not-for-profit||Wilkes-Barre|
|Albright College||14 to 1||2,616||$34,520||Private not-for-profit||Reading|
|Gannon University||14 to 1||3,156||$26,765||Private not-for-profit||Erie|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg||14 to 1||3,644||$13,018||Public||Middletown|
|Point Park University||14 to 1||3,907||$24,020||Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||14 to 1||20,243||$15,730||Public||Pittsburgh|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington||13 to 1||997||$12,474||Public||Upper Burrell|
|Cairn University||13 to 1||1,011||$21,500||Private not-for-profit||Langhorne|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly Campus||13 to 1||1,101||$12,474||Public||Uniontown|
|Cabrini College||13 to 1||1,531||$28,090||Private not-for-profit||Radnor|
|Juniata College||13 to 1||1,691||$35,040||Private not-for-profit||Huntingdon|
|Saint Vincent College||13 to 1||1,801||$28,542||Private not-for-profit||Latrobe|
|Waynesburg University||13 to 1||1,833||$19,450||Private not-for-profit||Waynesburg|
|Lebanon Valley College||13 to 1||1,872||$33,670||Private not-for-profit||Annville|
|Arcadia University||13 to 1||2,393||$34,960||Private not-for-profit||Glenside|
|Marywood University||13 to 1||2,445||$28,080||Private not-for-profit||Scranton|
|King’s College||13 to 1||2,449||$29,174||Private not-for-profit||Wilkes-Barre|
|Mount Aloysius College||13 to 1||2,595||$18,640||Private not-for-profit||Cresson|
|Neumann University||13 to 1||2,857||$23,262||Private not-for-profit||Aston|
|Messiah College||13 to 1||2,888||$28,640||Private not-for-profit||Mechanicsburg|
|DeSales University||13 to 1||2,925||$29,000||Private not-for-profit||Center Valley|
|Eastern University||13 to 1||3,169||$26,934||Private not-for-profit||Saint Davids|
|Philadelphia University||13 to 1||3,179||$31,874||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Alvernia University||13 to 1||3,294||$27,400||Private not-for-profit||Reading|
|La Salle University||13 to 1||4,991||$36,250||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Saint Joseph’s University||13 to 1||5,867||$37,670||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Duquesne University||13 to 1||6,132||$27,668||Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh|
|Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania||12 to 1||759||$17,770||Private not-for-profit||Clarks Summit|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango||12 to 1||795||$12,474||Public||Sharon|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Dubois||12 to 1||934||$12,474||Public||Dubois|
|University of the Sciences||12 to 1||1,473||$31,774||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|La Roche College||12 to 1||1,518||$23,108||Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh|
|Westminster College||12 to 1||1,626||$30,320||Private not-for-profit||New Wilmington|
|Ursinus College||12 to 1||1,785||$43,100||Private not-for-profit||Collegeville|
|Elizabethtown College||12 to 1||1,873||$36,550||Private not-for-profit||Elizabethtown|
|Holy Family University||12 to 1||2,246||$24,940||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Susquehanna University||12 to 1||2,418||$36,800||Private not-for-profit||Selinsgrove|
|Muhlenberg College||12 to 1||2,645||$41,225||Private not-for-profit||Allentown|
|Misericordia University||12 to 1||2,737||$25,890||Private not-for-profit||Dallas|
|Widener University-Main Campus||12 to 1||3,487||$35,764||Private not-for-profit||Chester|
|Carnegie Mellon University||12 to 1||6,197||$44,880||Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh|
|Yeshivath Beth Moshe||11 to 1||76||$7,700||Private not-for-profit||Scranton|
|Harrisburg University of Science and Technology||11 to 1||238||$23,900||Private not-for-profit||Harrisburg|
|Washington & Jefferson College||11 to 1||1,503||$37,850||Private not-for-profit||Washington|
|Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary||11 to 1||1,913||$33,919||Private not-for-profit||Bethlehem|
|Keystone College||11 to 1||2,062||$19,500||Private not-for-profit||La Plume|
|Allegheny College||11 to 1||2,189||$37,260||Private not-for-profit||Meadville|
|University of Scranton||11 to 1||4,365||$37,106||Private not-for-profit||Scranton|
|Villanova University||11 to 1||7,804||$42,150||Private not-for-profit||Villanova|
|Drexel University||11 to 1||17,481||$36,893||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Rosemont College||10 to 1||617||$29,500||Private not-for-profit||Rosemont|
|Chatham University||10 to 1||1,141||$30,382||Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh|
|Chestnut Hill College||10 to 1||1,725||$29,995||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Cedar Crest College||10 to 1||1,759||$31,196||Private not-for-profit||Allentown|
|Carlow University||10 to 1||2,254||$24,230||Private not-for-profit||Pittsburgh|
|Lafayette College||10 to 1||2,549||$41,920||Private not-for-profit||Easton|
|Dickinson College||10 to 1||2,550||$44,101||Private not-for-profit||Carlisle|
|Franklin and Marshall College||10 to 1||2,578||$44,260||Private not-for-profit||Lancaster|
|Gettysburg College||10 to 1||2,744||$44,210||Private not-for-profit||Gettysburg|
|Immaculata University||10 to 1||3,607||$28,065||Private not-for-profit||Immaculata|
|Bucknell University||10 to 1||3,651||$45,132||Private not-for-profit||Lewisburg|
|Lehigh University||10 to 1||4,920||$41,920||Private not-for-profit||Bethlehem|
|Pennsylvania College of Art and Design||9 to 1||287||$18,700||Private not-for-profit||Lancaster|
|Wilson College||9 to 1||808||$28,745||Private not-for-profit||Chambersburg|
|Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook||8 to 1||112||$17,950||Private not-for-profit||Wynnewood|
|Moore College of Art and Design||8 to 1||492||$31,654||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Haverford College||8 to 1||1,264||$43,310||Private not-for-profit||Haverford|
|Bryn Mawr College||8 to 1||1,396||$41,260||Private not-for-profit||Bryn Mawr|
|Swarthmore College||8 to 1||1,562||$42,744||Private not-for-profit||Swarthmore|
|The University of the Arts||8 to 1||2,109||$34,840||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Gratz College||7 to 1||151||$15,920||Private not-for-profit||Melrose Park|
|Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts||7 to 1||244||$27,950||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Bryn Athyn College of the New Church||7 to 1||245||$15,712||Private not-for-profit||Bryn Athyn|
|Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences||7 to 1||1,485||$18,800||Private not-for-profit||Lancaster|
|University of Pennsylvania||6 to 1||13,190||$39,088||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
|Curtis Institute of Music||2 to 1||123||N/A||Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia|
Best for Women in Technology
Pennsylvania is home to a large industrial sector and is constantly in need of effective and forward-thinking professionals in the technology and engineering fields. Though women have historically been the minority when it comes to degrees focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Pennsylvania’s premier technology programs are working diligently to provide lots of opportunities for entrance. The following online schools in Pennsylvania provide female students with a strong community through mentorship, all-female residence halls, or other special programs. The schools listed here have proven their worth for women in tech.
|TUITION + FEES||CITY||WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED||TOTAL ENROLLMENT||TYPE|
|Carnegie Mellon University||$45,760||Pittsburgh||439||10,459||Private Not for Profit|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||$16,444||University Park||380||43,515||Public|
|University of Pennsylvania||$43,738||Philadelphia||232||21,329||Private Not for Profit|
|Drexel University||$36,090||Philadelphia||226||17,375||Private Not for Profit|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||$16,590||Pittsburgh||177||24,740||Public|
|Lehigh University||$42,220||Bethlehem||127||5,923||Private Not for Profit|
|Wilkes University||$29,326||Wilkes-Barre||109||2,547||Private Not for Profit|
|Villanova University||$42,740||Villanova||80||7,984||Private Not for Profit|
|Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||$8,748||Slippery Rock||68||7,839||Public|
|Kutztown University of Pennsylvania||$8,596||Kutztown||48||9,116||Public|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||$8,344||Bloomsburg||45||9,142||Public|
|Bucknell University||$45,378||Lewisburg||42||3,584||Private Not for Profit|
|Duquesne University||$30,034||Pittsburgh||39||9,051||Private Not for Profit|
|Waynesburg University||$19,810||Waynesburg||39||1,646||Private Not for Profit|
|Lafayette College||$42,980||Easton||37||2,423||Private Not for Profit|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus||$8,672||Indiana||36||13,300||Public|
|York College Pennsylvania||$16,520||York||31||4,745||Private Not for Profit|
|Saint Joseph’s University||$37,830||Philadelphia||30||5,239||Private Not for Profit|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Great Valley||N/A||Malvern||29||622||Public|
|Chatham University||$31,532||Pittsburgh||28||1,479||Private Not for Profit|
|East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania||$8,758||East Stroudsburg||23||6,397||Public|
|Arcadia University||$35,620||Glenside||23||2,605||Private Not for Profit|
|Wilson College||$29,360||Chambersburg||23||386||Private Not for Profit|
|Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||$8,926||Mansfield||22||2,747||Public|
|La Roche College||$24,058||Pittsburgh||22||1,135||Private Not for Profit|
|Clarion University of Pennsylvania||$9,090||Clarion||21||5,326||Public|
|Gannon University||$26,526||Erie||20||3,069||Private Not for Profit|
|Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine||N/A||Philadelphia||20||2,282||Private Not for Profit|
|Misericordia University||$27,230||Dallas||19||1,751||Private Not for Profit|
|Mercyhurst University||$29,037||Erie||18||3,573||Private Not for Profit|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg||$13,900||Middletown||18||2,883||Public|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College||$13,900||Erie||17||3,849||Public|
|Peirce College||$16,500||Philadelphia||16||725||Private Not for Profit|
|Robert Morris University||$24,064||Moon Township||15||3,474||Private Not for Profit|
|Gwynedd Mercy University||$28,190||Gwynedd Valley||15||2,297||Private Not for Profit|
|Elizabethtown College||$36,550||Elizabethtown||14||1,879||Private Not for Profit|
|Widener University-Main Campus||$36,382||Chester||12||3,393||Private Not for Profit|
|Marywood University||$29,380||Scranton||12||2,692||Private Not for Profit|
|Grove City College||$14,212||Grove City||11||2,434||Private Not for Profit|
|Cedar Crest College||$31,596||Allentown||11||789||Private Not for Profit|
|Philadelphia University||$32,064||Philadelphia||10||3,121||Private Not for Profit|
|Point Park University||$25,190||Pittsburgh||10||2,799||Private Not for Profit|
|Mount Aloysius College||$19,520||Cresson||9||1,254||Private Not for Profit|
|University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown||$12,892||Johnstown||8||2,849||Public|
|Seton Hill University||$29,050||Greensburg||8||1,729||Private Not for Profit|
|Harrisburg University of Science and Technology||$23,900||Harrisburg||8||212||Private Not for Profit|
|La Salle University||$36,650||Philadelphia||6||3,942||Private Not for Profit|
|Thomas Jefferson University||N/A||Philadelphia||6||2,526||Private Not for Profit|
|DeSales University||$30,150||Center Valley||6||1,858||Private Not for Profit|
|Swarthmore College||$43,080||Swarthmore||6||1,536||Private Not for Profit|
|Millersville University of Pennsylvania||$8,600||Millersville||5||7,104||Public|
|University of Scranton||$37,456||Scranton||5||4,989||Private Not for Profit|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||$14,370||Williamsport||5||4,965||Public|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona||$13,900||Altoona||5||3,898||Public|
|Geneva College||$24,480||Beaver Falls||5||1,753||Private Not for Profit|
|Chestnut Hill College||$30,165||Philadelphia||5||1,541||Private Not for Profit|
Best Schools Fighting for Families
For those with a passion to serve children and families as a social worker, Pennsylvania has an impressive selection of accredited undergraduate and graduate programs to accomplish that goal. According to government statistics, the field of social work is set to expand for 160,000 openings by 2020. Hospitals, schools, and mental health facilities are just a few of the places where social workers are regularly employed. In Pennsylvania, a master’s degree is standard for anyone in social work. However, those with a bachelor’s degree can be granted a provisional license as long as they enroll in a master’s degree program. These online schools in Pennsylvania are known for providing exceptional education for students looking to enter this worthwhile field.
|CITY||SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED||WOMEN||MEN||TUITION & FEES||TOTAL ENROLLMENT|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||Pittsburgh||401||321||80||$16,590||24,740|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia||254||225||29||$43,738||21,329|
|Millersville University of Pennsylvania||Millersville||158||134||24||$8,600||7,104|
|Widener University-Main Campus||Chester||147||128||19||$36,382||3,393|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||West Chester||115||104||11||$8,620||12,445|
|Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania||Shippensburg||114||94||20||$9,154||7,101|
|Bryn Mawr College||Bryn Mawr||113||102||11||$42,246||1,646|
|Kutztown University of Pennsylvania||Kutztown||106||90||16||$8,596||9,116|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||University Park||97||64||33||$16,444||43,515|
|East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania||East Stroudsburg||93||42||51||$8,758||6,397|
|Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||Edinboro||85||67||18||$8,578||6,510|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||Bloomsburg||79||63||16||$8,344||9,142|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus||Indiana||77||62||15||$8,672||13,300|
|California University of Pennsylvania||California||75||67||8||$9,379||7,655|
|Clarion University of Pennsylvania||Clarion||61||50||11||$9,090||5,326|
|Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania||Slippery Rock||47||38||9||$8,748||7,839|
|Lock Haven University||Lock Haven||45||39||6||$8,564||4,852|
|Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||Mansfield||36||34||2||$8,926||2,747|
|La Salle University||Philadelphia||34||31||3||$36,650||3,942|
|Cheyney University of Pennsylvania||Cheyney||32||20||12||$8,602||1,126|
|Franklin and Marshall College||Lancaster||32||26||6||$44,360||2,324|
|Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary||Bethlehem||31||18||13||$34,484||1,577|
|Saint Joseph’s University||Philadelphia||29||24||5||$37,830||5,239|
|Eastern University||Saint Davids||24||21||3||$27,174||3,024|
|Saint Francis University||Loretto||22||14||8||$28,878||1,866|
|Cedar Crest College||Allentown||21||21||0||$31,596||789|
|Grove City College||Grove City||20||18||2||$14,212||2,434|
|Keystone College||La Plume||19||18||1||$20,400||1,397|
|Lincoln University of Pennsylvania||Lincoln University||16||8||8||$9,590||2,040|
|Lebanon Valley College||Annville||15||10||5||$34,470||1,689|
|Westminster College||New Wilmington||13||6||7||$31,510||1,513|
|Seton Hill University||Greensburg||12||8||4||$29,050||1,729|
|Valley Forge Christian College||Phoenixville||12||11||1||$18,367||821|
|York College Pennsylvania||York||12||10||2||$16,520||4,745|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg||Middletown||11||5||6||$13,900||2,883|
|University of Pittsburgh-Bradford||Bradford||10||10||0||$12,890||1,435|
|Saint Vincent College||Latrobe||10||7||3||$29,846||1,751|
|Washington & Jefferson College||Washington||10||5||5||$38,310||1,436|
|Geneva College||Beaver Falls||5||1||4||$24,480||1,753|
|La Roche College||Pittsburgh||5||4||1||$24,058||1,135|
|University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown||Johnstown||5||2||3||$12,892||2,849|