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Top Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2018-19

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges Tool 2018-19. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 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. 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
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
41
OVERALL SCORE
69.77
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
27
OVERALL SCORE
31.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Northampton County Area Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
23.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Delaware County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
19.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Reading Area Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
17.43
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Lehigh Carbon Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
14.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Pittsburgh Technical College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
14.62
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
8 Bucks County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
13.18
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Community College of Allegheny County Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
23
OVERALL SCORE
12.58
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
10 Community College of Philadelphia Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
10.59
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 Luzerne County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
8.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Montgomery County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
8.38
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
5.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Butler County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
5.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 McCann School of Business & Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
5.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Harcum College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
2.92
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 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"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

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 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,