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  • Penn Commercial began as a business school in Washington, Pennsylvania in June 1929. Over its more than 75 years of existence, Penn Commercial has provided quality educational programs to the job-seeking community members. Since founded in 1929 and incorporated into the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1979, Penn Commercial has expanded and broadened its programs and facilities to meet the ever-changing requirements and needs of students and businesses alike.

School Highlights

Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School serves 237 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 44%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 237 students
  • Private-state tuition: $21,000
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 16%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Pennsylvania for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 25 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School
(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private, for profit
Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty
25 staff
56 staff
This chart display total faculty of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and community college average number of faculty in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 13:1 over five years.
The Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School diversity score of 0.28 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
237 students
477 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
237 students
331 students
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# Part-Time Students
n/a
146 students
This chart display the total number of Part-Time students enrollment of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and average number of community college Part-Time students enrollment of PA by year, with the latest 2007-08 school year data.
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
314 students
% Asian
n/a
3%
% Hispanic
1%
11%
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% Black
10%
15%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the percentage of Black community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
84%
56%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the percentage of White community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
2%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School 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
2%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Unknown races
n/a
11%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School.
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Diversity Score
0.28
0.64
This chart display the diversity score of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the community college average diversity score of PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
95%
56%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of PA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$29,900
$34,900
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School 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 $21,000 is more than the state average of $17,415. The private state tuition has grown by 91% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$21,000
$17,415
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the private community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
100%
91%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$13,000
$13,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,750
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in PA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
80%
86%
This chart display the percent admitted of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School and the community college average percent admitted of PA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
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: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Penn Commercial purchased a building located in the Oak Spring Plaza in Washington, Pennsylvania in May 2001. The school immediately began renovations on the 65,000 square feet the school would occupy. The new facility provided many benefits for the students including state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, a licensed in-house day care center, classrooms located on one floor, and free ample parking for all students, staff, and visitors. The new Penn Commercial opened its doors to students in September 2001 and was officially introduced into the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 24, 2001. Penn Commercial offers Associate Degree in Information Technology and Security, Medical Assistant,  Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration and Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Penn Commercial offers many programs during evening school as well. In spite of continuing changes in the medical and technical fields, Penn Commercial's commitment to provide quality education to its students remains the same. Penn Commercial's curriculum helps students develop their individual potential, discover their strengths, and prepare themselves for lives that are both personally and professionally satisfying. With this mission in mind, Penn Commercial moves confidently into the future. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) to award diplomas and occupational associate degrees.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 237 students
  • Private-state tuition: $21,000
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 16%
  • Source: Verified school update

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