Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School

  • 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 335 students (100% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 37%.
  • Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School is the only community colleges within Washington County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School is Pittsburgh Technical College (16.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 25 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty25 staff25 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment335 students618 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:125:1
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# Full-Time Students335 students372 students
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# Part-Time Students-246 students
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% Black
4%
14%
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% White
91%
63%
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% Two or more races
5%
2%
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Diversity Score0.170.57
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College Completion Rate
90%
55%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,900$34,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $21,000 is more than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$21,000$16,683
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,696$12,223
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,636$5,500
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Acceptance Rate89%84%
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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 63,000 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 Business Administration – Accounting Major, Business Administration – Human Resources Major, Business Administration – Marketing/Management Major, Network Administrator, Executive Office Administration, Legal Office Administration, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration and Engineering Drafting with CAD. Penn Commercial offers many programs during evening school as well. In spite of continuing changes in the business 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 Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas and occupational associate degrees.

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