School Highlights

Peirce College serves 1,046 students (23% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 79% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,046 students
  • Private-state tuition: $13,800
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 79%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 153 teachers has grown by 71% over five years.
Peirce College
(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private not-for-profit
Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty
153 staff
56 staff
This chart display total faculty of Peirce College and community college average number of faculty in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Peirce College has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has decreased from 8:1 over five years.
The Peirce College diversity score of 0.67 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,046 students
419 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Peirce College and community college average number of enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
12:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Peirce College and community college average student staff ratio of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
237 students
282 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time students enrollment of Peirce College and average number of community college Full-time students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
809 students
165 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Peirce College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Peirce College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of PA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
781 students
312 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
225 students
297 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Peirce College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
12 students
18 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time graduate students enrollment of Peirce College and average number of community college Full-time graduate students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display graduation rate breakdown of Peirce College
PA All Graduation Breakdown
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
722 students
166 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
87 students
21 students
This chart display graduation rate breakdown of Peirce College
PA All Part Time Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
313 students
% Asian
6%
4%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Peirce College and the percentage of Asian community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
8%
9%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Peirce College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
53%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Peirce College and the percentage of Black community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
21%
61%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Peirce College and the percentage of White community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
n/a
2%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Peirce College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Peirce College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Unknown races
11%
11%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Peirce College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score
0.67
0.59
This chart display the diversity score of Peirce College and the community college average diversity score of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
0.91%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
0.08%
1.05%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$52,100
$34,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Peirce College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of PA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $13,800 is less than the state average of $17,194. The private state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$13,800
$17,194
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Peirce College and the private community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
96%
92%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Peirce College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$33,014
$13,620
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Peirce College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$12,550
$6,234
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Peirce College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
100%
76%
SAT Reading
n/a
450
SAT Math
n/a
465
SAT Writing
n/a
435
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
18
ACT Math
n/a
20
ACT Writing
n/a
7
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Peirce College is one of the oldest accredited colleges offering a complete online degree program in the United States. Peirce offers its practical business and information technology management degrees online. Our three pronged educational delivery system approach – on campus, on site, online – has advanced dramatically, even beyond our own healthy projections. On campus refers to our facilities in the Center City business district of Philadelphia dating back to 1865. On site encompasses our array of degree offerings at employer, community, and school locations. Peirce Online is our expanding Internet mediated distance learning (IMDL) platform offering complete, accredited degrees. This triad provides a very strong foundation for long-term regional, national, and international growth. Peirce has earned its exceptional reputation as a leading provider of quality academic programs and undergraduate degrees in the areas of business, information technology and paralegal studies. A premier choice among working adults, Peirce offers options to make learning more convenient, including our online degree program, accelerated evening & weekend formats and The Peirce Corporate College, where individuals can earn a degree at their workplace. The College is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to award the Bachelor of Science and Associate in Science degrees. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Peirce College cost?

Peirce College's private state tuition is approximately $13,800.

What is the acceptance rate of Peirce College?

The acceptance rate of Peirce College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 76%.

What is Peirce College's ranking?

Peirce College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Pennsylvania for: Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

Recent Articles

How Community Colleges Are Changing Remedial Education
How Community Colleges Are Changing Remedial Education
Remedial education exists to help struggling students succeed in college-level classes. Unfortunately, the existing model may be doing more harm than good. Keep reading to learn more about the history of remedial education and what community colleges are doing to change it.
Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
Does Money Motivate College Completion? New Task Force Says Yes
We look at the recommendations for improving completion rates in a new report issued by the Complete College Ohio Task Force, which includes financial incentives.
Remedial Education Leaves Many Colleges in a Quandary
Remedial Education Leaves Many Colleges in a Quandary
Although many students need some remedial education before beginning college coursework, statistics show dismal completion rates for those who begin in remedial classes. We take a closer look at the problem, as well as some of the ways colleges are tackling it.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,046 students
  • Private-state tuition: $13,800
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 79%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Related School Videos

Did You Know?

Philadelphia County, PA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.72, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Philadelphia County, PA is ASPIRA City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

Quick Links