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 declined by 16% over five years.
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School (PA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Private, for profit Private, non-profit
Total Faculty 25 staff 25 staff
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Total Faculty (2007-2016)

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 Enrollment 335 students 618 students
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 25:1
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 335 students 372 students
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students - 246 students
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Part-Time Students (2007-2008)
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Black
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Black (2007-2016)
% White
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School More (2009-2016)
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score 0.17 0.57
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $29,900 $34,800
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 94% 94%
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $12,696 $12,223
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,636 $5,500
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate 89% 84%
Penn Commercial BusinessTechnical School Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
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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For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,533 per year for in-state students and $14,058 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,683 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.