Postsecondary & Adult Education
Pennsylvania is home to nearly 300 postsecondary and higher education institutions:
- 14 community colleges
- 14 state-owned universities
- 4 state-related commonwealth universities and 2 affiliates
- 8 private state-aided institutions
- 88 private colleges and universities
- 15 theological seminaries
- 7 private two-year colleges
- 1 state school of technology
- 77 specialized associate degree granting institutions
- 33 "other" institutions - PA extension campuses of out-of-state providers
This mix of public and private institutions provides a broad array of career choices for students to continue their studies on a full or part-time basis. Information about each institution is available through the EdNA (Educational Names and Addresses) database.
The Division of Higher & Career Education oversees the implementation of higher education in the commonwealth as it pertains to degree granting authority, corporate operational authority, new program and degree approvals, and other policy initiatives.
College and University Funding
approval of community colleges, State System, state-related, and state-aided
entities and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology also rests with the
Department of Education, and such recommendations are included within the overall
PDE budget recommendations to the Office of the Governor. A single appropriation
is made to the State System while line-item appropriations from the General
Appropriations are provided to each state-related or state-aided
university, community college and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.
For more information about Higher
Education funding go to Current
and Proposed Commonwealth Budgets (See Education under the Budget Line-Item
Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant Program
In September 2016, Governor Tom Wolf announced that eligible post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania could apply for up to $30,000 in competitive funding to address campus sexual assault.
Programs or activities that were considered for funding included campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous
reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or
In November, the Administration awarded 36 Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions nearly $1 million in grants to address campus sexual assault and the goals of the Governor's It's On Us campaign. More than 60 schools applied for funding.