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This map shows the undergraduate colleges and universities that are not for-profit in Pennsylvania and have more than 1000 students attending them. In total, Pennsylvania has 354 insitutions of higher education. Of these, 113 are for-profit colleges or universities. These were not included in this collection because they function more like businesses than non-profit schools and their credits often do not transfer to other schools. Excluding these, Pennsylvania has the fourth most institutions of higher education, after Texas, California, and New York. From there, to reduce the number of more specialized schools on the map, schools with a population of less than 1000 were not included. For institutions with multiple locations, such as Pennsylvania State University and many community colleges, the student population of all the branches were combined but only their flagship location is mapped.
Below are several tables summarizing data about the non-profit institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania.
The first table summarizes the student populations and graduation rates of several categories of institutions. It shows that, in general, public institutions have a lower graduation rate than private universities, and two-year schools have a lower graduation rate than four-year schools. Keep in mind that for-profit institutions and non-profits enrolling fewer than 1000 students are not included.
|Type of Institution||Number of Institutions||Student Population (Average)||Graduation Rate (Average)|
|2-Year Private Non-profit||1||1,363||41%|
|4-Year Public (primarily Associate degrees)||1||4,972||45%|
|4-Year Private Non-Profit (primarily Associate degrees)||3||1,849||50.7%|
|4-Year Private Non-Profit||70||3,819||70.2%|
The second table lists the smallest and largest student populations in the same categories of these institutions. Both the largest two-year public university (Harrisburg Area Community College) and the largest four-year public university (The Pennsylvania State University) have multiple branches, which add significantly to their student bodies. Again, keep in mind that for-profit institutions and non-profits enrolling fewer than 1000 students are not included.
|Type of Institution||Name of Institution||Population||Size|
|2-Year Public||Harrisburg Area Community College||17,422||Largest|
|Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology||1,347||Smallest|
|2-Year Private Non-Profit||Harcum College||1,363||1 inst. only|
|4-Year Public (primarily Associate degrees)||Pennsylvania College of Technology||4,972||1 inst. only|
|4-Year Private Non-Profit (primarily Associate degrees)||Lackawanna College||1,991||Largest|
|Pittsburgh Technical College||1,744||Smallest|
|4-Year Public||The Pennsylvania State University||91,427||Largest|
|Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||1,649||Smallest|
|4-Year Private Non-Profit||University of Pennsylvania||26,675||Largest|
|Overall||The Pennsylvania State University||91,427||Largest|
The third table consists of the highest and lowest graduation rate at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania. Once again, keep in mind that for-profit institutions and non-profits enrolling fewer than 1000 students are not included.
|Type of Institution||Name of Institution||Graduation Rate||Size|
|2-Year Public||Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology||61%||Highest|
|Harrisburg Area Community College & Community College of Philadelphia||15%||Lowest|
|2-Year Private Non-Profit||Harcum College||41%||1 inst. only|
|4-Year Public (primarily Associate degrees)||Pennsylvania College of Technology||45%||1 inst. only|
|4-Year Private Non-Profit (primarily Associate degrees)||Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences||63%||Highest|
|4-Year Public||University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||83%||Highest|
|Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||44%||Lowest|
|4-Year Private Non-Profit||University of Pennsylvania||96%||Highest|
|Overall||University of Pennsylvania||96%||Highest|
|Overall||Harrisburg Area Community College and
Community College of Philadelphia