Peirce College

School Highlights
  • Peirce College serves 1,833 students (19% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 73% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 37%.
  • Peirce College is one of 13 community colleges within Philadelphia County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Peirce College is Metropolitan Career Center Computer Technology Institute (0.4 miles away).

Top Placements

Peirce College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 89 teachers has grown by 48% over five years.
Peirce College(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty89 staff25 staff
Peirce College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Peirce College has declined by 15% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Peirce College diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,833 students618 students
Peirce College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio21:125:1
Peirce College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students354 students372 students
Peirce College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,479 students246 students
Peirce College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Peirce College Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students347 students372 students
# Graduate Students7 students8 students
Peirce College Graduation BreakDown PA All Graduation Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Peirce College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Peirce College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Peirce College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Peirce College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Peirce College More (2011-2013)
% Non Resident races
Peirce College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
Peirce College Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.540.57
Peirce College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$52,100$34,800
Peirce College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $13,800 is less than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has declined by 13% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$13,800$16,683
Peirce College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%94%
Peirce College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$37,940$13,000
Peirce College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$11,083$6,245
Peirce College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate (Year 2013)100%79%
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

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For Philadelphia private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,398 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Philadelphia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Philadelphia is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.