Universities & Colleges in Pennsylvania
Officially called as the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is located in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern and the Great Lakes Region of the United States. Its population in the year 2011 was 12,742,886. On the basis of gross state product, it is ranked as the 6th in the nation. The state experiences a variety of climates because of its topographical diversity. The majority of the state has a humid climate, with the exception of the south eastern corner.
Around 50 fortune 500 companies are based here like GE Transportation Systems ( the largest producer of train locomotives in the United States), U.S. Steel, PPG Industries, H.J. Heinz to name a few. After Wal-Mart, the University of Pennsylvania is the largest private employers in Pennsylvania. In this state a number of renowned people have received education, which includes revolutionary environmentalist Rachel Carson, business magnate Warren Buffet and Donald Trump along with numerous noble prize winners.
A rich blend of public and private institutions in the state has opened gates for students to pursue various degree options for higher education. In Pennsylvania you can find education for almost every academic interest. Some of the top universities in the state are the University of Pennsylvania, which was ranked as top 9th university in the world in 2011, Carnegie Mellon University, and Penn State University.
Pennsylvania is the best place for students interested in American cultural, heritage, medical studies, law, etc.
The students not only from other states of the country, but from all around the globe seek admission in the various universities here. There are about 590,000 students who enroll in colleges and universities of Pennsylvania along with over 57,000 pupils being served in the private licensed schools.
The University of Pennsylvania has the most prestigious law schools, and a medical training network, which is so vast that it has made the university the largest private employer. The university alone has 100 four-year colleges around the state. Its tuition and fees are around $42,098 (2011-12).
Penn state university has 12 schools, 4 of them offer undergraduate and graduate studies and 8 offer graduate studies only. Apart from the courses of Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Applied Science, the university offers a remarkable list of interdisciplinary courses and programs like Fisher Program in Management and Technology, Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, and the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management. Over 5,000 international students and approximately 1,000 scholars are a part of the Penn State community.
Carnegie Mellon University is a central hub for students who want to make their career in engineering and science-related studies.
The universities in Pennsylvania
provide a lot of scholarships for the students. Around 7 percent of the available funding comprises of scholarships for undergraduate students only, which amount to around $1,500 to $3,000 per academic year (fall & spring). Approximately 21 percent (16,958) of undergraduate students (79,815) receive a Penn State scholarship. There many other financial aids also available like DISA Emergency Loans ($600), Special International Grant-in-Aid ($100 to $2000).