Our workforce and residents have access to world-renowned universities, training programs, and more to fully develop their knowledge and career paths, including four of the top 50 universities in the U.S. offering top programs in computer science, business, engineering, medical science.
Pennsylvania offers quality education right from the start, with high-performing school districts, healthy graduation rates, and knowledgeable faculty.
- Pennsylvania is home to the #4 school district in the nation, with two school districts ranked in the top 10.
Community Colleges & Technical Schools
Pennsylvania is home to 14 community colleges, seven private two-year colleges, and one state school of technology, all offering a quality, flexible education that prepares students for the demands of an evolving and highly technical job market. This mix of public and private institutions provides a broad array of career choices for students to continue their studies on a full or part-time basis. Information about each institution is available through the EdNA (Educational Names and Addresses) database.
PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education was established in 1983, although the 14 universities contained within the State System have a much longer history dating back to the 19th century. In fact, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania was established more than 175 years ago, and boasts the honor of being the oldest Historically Black College/University in the nation. The “youngest” of the State System universities, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, was founded in 1893. Today, the State System serves about 105,000 students, making it the largest provider of higher education in Pennsylvania. It also employs more than 12,000 faculty and staff, making it one of the largest employers in the commonwealth.
Nationally Ranked Universities
Pennsylvania is home to nearly 250 postsecondary and higher education institutions conferring more than 194,000 credentials each year — including our four universities ranking in the top 50 in the nation. All our institutions are continuing Pennsylvania’s tradition of producing the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and visionary leaders.
- Computer Science – Carnegie Mellon University
- Nursing (Master’s Degree) – Carnegie Mellon University
- Engineering – Carnegie Mellon University
- Physical Therapy – University of Pittsburgh
- Law – University of Pennsylvania
- Medical School (Research) – University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)
- Business (MBA) – University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)