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    How many colleges are there in Pennsylvania?

    Pennsylvania has 188 colleges and universities. In 2021, PA schools enrolled 675,285 students, including 551,392 undergrads and 123,893 grad students.

    Public schools in Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania has 60 public colleges within two state college systems: the Commonwealth System of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

    The Commonwealth system contains five schools, including Pennsylvania's three largest public schools: Penn State, Temple University, and University of Pittsburgh. Penn State is the state's largest school, with 20 campuses and 74,446 undergraduates. PASSHE consists to 14 universities, including West Chester University and Slippery Rock University.

    Pennsylvania also has 19 community colleges.

    Private Schools in Pennsylvania

    There are 132 private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is the state's only Ivy League school. Other prestigious private schools in Pennsylvania include Swarthmore, Haverford, Bucknell, and Villanova.

    Average Tuition in Pennsylvania

    In-State vs. Out-of-State Tuition in PA

    In-state tuition in Pennsylvania is relatively high compared to other states. Average tuition across all PA public schools is $10,621 a semester for Pennsylvania residents and $18,521 for non-Pennsylvania residents.

    Across Penn State campuses, the average tuition and fees are about $29,000 a year for an in-state undergraduate, and $40,000 a year for an out-of-state resident. At TempTempleestimated annual tuition for PA residents is roughly $32,000 a year, and $46,000 a year for out-of-state residents.


    Private School Tuition in PA

    The average tuition across all private colleges in Pennsylvania is $31,409.

    Thinking about going to college in Pennsylvania?

    You can search for Pennsylvania colleges below. Or, join the conversation about top PA schools like UPenn, Penn State, or Swarthmore.

    From the forums: UPenn Waitlist

    Q: My D received her decision today for UPenn and has been WL for CAS. Is there anyone that has been in this situation that can give some helpful insight to help boost her chances of acceptance?

    A: You have to accept the waitlist offer first, then click on the second tab up top (4 tabs in total), then towards the top there should be a place for waitlist update.

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