Pennsylvania Community Colleges

There are 127 community colleges located throughout Pennsylvania (39 public colleges and 88 private colleges), serving 215,665 students.
Minority enrollment is 25% (majority Black), which is less than the national average of 34%.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is less than the 31:1 national average.

Student by Ethnicity

(PA) School Average
American Indian
n/a
Asian
3%
Hispanic
6%
Black
15%
White
75%
Unknown
1%

Pennsylvania Community Colleges by Town:

Recent Articles
Freshman Year in College Looks More and More Like High School
Freshman Year in College Looks More and More Like High School
Nearly 52 percent of community college students in the United States begin their freshman year in at least one remedial class. These courses, which help students acquire knowledge and skills they should have acquired in high school, do not count toward their degree requirements. As a result, students are taking longer than ever to obtain their degree, if they obtain one at all.
Federal Student Loans – Unavailable at 20% of Community Colleges
Although a community college education is inexpensive when compared to tuition and fees at a four-year institution, some students still need financial assistance to pay their education bills. Yet, some community colleges don’t participate in the federal student loan program, putting some students in a financial bind.
Post-Recession Cliff Looms for Community Colleges
While many factors have contributed to the current decline in community college enrollment, the recovering economy is chief among them. As more and more people return to the workforce, fewer students enroll in courses at community colleges. Many institutions must now deal with budget shortfalls in the face of double-digit declines in enrollment.
Did You Know?
For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,124 per year for in-state students and $10,370 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $10,097 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.41, which is lower than the national average of 0.45. The most diverse community college in Maryland is The Commonwealth Medical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.