Each year, an increasing number of adult students enroll in a college or occupational school to earn degrees, receive advanced training and learn new trades. In fact, nationally, adult learners and non-traditional-aged students are the fastest growing population of students in postsecondary education. Regardless if you are thinking about continuing your education or you are already enrolled in a program, the resources below can put you one step closer to your educational goals!
Start With the Basics
Postsecondary institutions typically require students to earn a high school diploma or its equivalent before being admitted. If you do not have a high school diploma, you can earn your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma by taking and passing either the GED® test or the HiSET® exam.
Going to College - Where to Start
The college planning process for adult students is similar to that of high school students.
Choosing a Major:
Some students know exactly what they want to major in and what
they want as their first career. But a large majority of students do not. Use
the links below to get tips for choosing a major or career path and access lists
of programs offered at all types of postsecondary institutions in
Finding the Right School:
There are many factors to consider when selecting a college, university or
other postsecondary institution, such as types of degree programs offered,
location, flexibility in scheduling including evening and online course
offerings and cost. Use the resources below to find the postsecondary
institution that is "right" for you!
Types of Postsecondary Institutions in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is home to nearly 300 postsecondary institutions that offer
every career choice and degree program a student could want. Use the links
below to learn more about each type of postsecondary institution and then search
for institutions that interest you.
Colleges and Universities
Career and Technical Schools
Considering a postsecondary institution in
- Use EDNA to locate the name and addresses of postsecondary institutions in the Commonwealth.
- Use PDE's Institution Program Search to find postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania that offer specific programs and degrees.
Want to research postsecondary institutions throughout
the United States?
Expand your search with College
Navigator, the U.S. Department of Education's national college search
Learning About Financial Aid:
College Transfer - Get the Most Out of Your College Credit
Pennsylvania students can maximize their credit transfer and reduce credit loss by using the
Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PA TRAC). This free interactive website will help you locate transferable courses, find institutions that accept your
past credits and access a variety of resources that make the transfer process easier.
Educational Benefits of Military Service
Service members often can receive college credit based on training, coursework and occupational specialty earned in the military.
PDE's Division of Veterans and Military Education can explain how to obtain military transcripts, access military benefits such as the GI Bill and so much more.