Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Pennsylvania’s public institutions are among the biggest in the country. There’s a reason students flock to them; they’re also known for their strong academics. Read more about some of the state’s top public schools below.
Pennsylvania State University
Penn State is one of the nation’s largest universities, from its nearly 40, 000-strong undergraduate student body to its sprawling University Park campus to its pioneering online World Campus, which brings the school’s student enrollment to nearly 100, 000. The school is ranked by and as among the best in the country.
University of Pittsburgh
Since opening more than 225 years ago, scores of notable actors, athletes, writers and more have called themselves Univeristy of Pittsburgh alumni. A small fraction of these include Gene Kelly, Dan Marino, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. The institution is also well-regarded by for its School of Education, Swanson School of Engineering, and School of Medicine, which is affiliated with the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The urban public research university has been serving students since 1888. It has a strong student body presence and life, with more than 300 student clubs. The school is also recognized by as among the top in the nation. Notable alumni include comedian Bill Cosby.
Pennsylvania is home of several prestigious private schools, including one of the eight Ivy League institutions and one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges. Learn more about some of the state’s top private schools below.
University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740. The school lives up to its pedigree: it is an Ivy League institution that ranks among the top schools in the country by and . In the past 20 years, its faculty have also included seven MacArthur Award recipients, five National Medal of Science recipients, four Nobel Prize recipients, and five Pulitzer Prize recipients.
Carnegie Mellon University
Industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founded Carnegie Mellon at the turn of the 20th century. Today, it is known for its strong science and technology programs and is recognized by and Forbes as among the top schools in the country.
This small, private school is recognized by and as having one of the strongest liberal arts programs in the country. It is part of the Tri-College Consortium with Bryn Mawr and Haverford, meaning students can take courses from these renowned colleges as well.