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Top Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s newly redesigned Top Colleges 2017 tool. We ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation, among others. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 Westmoreland County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
44
OVERALL SCORE
79.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Pittsburgh Technical Institute Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
78%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
69.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
3 Northampton County Area Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
62.03
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Bucks County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
61.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Montgomery County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
58.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
48.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Lehigh Carbon Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
47.28
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Luzerne County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
36.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Douglas Education Center Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
74%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
35.09
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 Butler County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
34.85
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Delaware County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
30.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Lackawanna College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
21.26
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Community College of Allegheny County Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
20.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
14 Community College of Beaver County Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
19.02
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 McCann School of Business & Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
11.55
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Community College of Philadelphia Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
6.55
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
6.47
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Fortis Institute-Erie Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
5.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
19 Everest Institute-Pittsburgh Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
4%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
4.19
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
20 Harcum College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
3.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Reading Area Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
2.55
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Manor College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
2.27
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using 2015 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,