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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania – 2014 Top Online Schools

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There are more than 61 post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania. Of these schools, 61 offer online programs. A total of 17 are public four-year colleges or universities and six are public community or technical colleges and 38 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 1,040 online certificate programs, 6,373 online associates programs, 13,033 online bachelors programs, 5,567 online masters programs, 6,811 online professional programs, and 1,244 online doctoral programs. Crime scene investigation, cosmetology, and physician assisting are examples of subjects offered by these programs.

Of the online colleges in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University offers the greatest number of programs online. It is a 4-year research university. The school offers 123 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Art
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Health Information


Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. On average, public four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania charge students approximately $9,812 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $5,134 per year. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $10,200 to $39,350 per year.

College students in Pennsylvania received an estimated $67,208,403,154 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. Nearly 47.67% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Institutional grants account for a reported 86.36% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Pennsylvania online colleges granted their students $28,826,563,923 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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The total gross state product for Pennsylvania was $558.589 billion in 2010. Based on these numbers, Pennsylvania has the 6th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.

The state has about 5,483,220 workers employed in the state. In the state, the three biggest industries are:

  • Public administration
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale trade

Of Pennsylvania employees, 4% are working in the public administration industry. Another 12% of workers are employed in the manufacturing industry. Also, 3% are working in the wholesale trade industry.

The average wage of Pennsylvania employees is approximately equal to the average wage for employees across the US. Employees in Pennsylvania earn an average annual income of $43,050 while the national average annual income is $42,871. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $77,310 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $17,660 annually. The median annual income for employees is around $33,840. The highest paid employees are orthodontists, while the lowest paid employees in the state are shampooers. Pennsylvania orthodontists can make up to $224,640 per annum, while shampooers in the state can make as little as $18,240 per year. In the nation, orthodontists earn an average income of $200,290 per year. On the other hand, shampooers around the US make $19,140 annually on average.

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Named in honor of Admiral Sir William Penn, father of William Penn, meaning “Penns Woodland”, Pennsylvania is located in the Northeast region of the United States. With an area of 46,054 square miles, it is the 19th smallest state in the country. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 52°F.

The population of Pennsylvania is the 6th largest in the US. The state has 67 counties and 12,702,379 residents living in these counties. An estimated 38% of Pennsylvania’s population is under the age of 30. Also, it has one of the least diverse populations in the country. An estimated 21% of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

The capital city of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg. However, with a population of 1,526,006 residents, Philadelphia is the state’s largest city. Of the state’s residents, an estimated 8.32% reside in the greater Philadelphia area. Some of the other populous cities in Pennsylvania are Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, and Reading.

Pennsylvania residents generally have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 25.6% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 5.7% have at least an associates degree, 4.8% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.