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Pennsylvania private colleges and universities have a little something for everyone. Do you prefer athletics to academics? No problem. Pennsylvania can help you. Do you like state-of-the-art science facilities? Pennsylvania has got you covered. Do you enjoy rolling farmlands? Or perhaps you are a big city slicker. Either way, the "Keystone State" can take care of you.

Pennsylvania private colleges and universities offer a wide range of education programs with degrees and certificates up to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees such as law and medicine. The largest being University of Pennsylvania with 21,313 full time students. Bucknell University is the most expensive with an in-state tuition of $45,132. On average, how much does it costs to attend private college in Pennsylvania?  The average annual in-state private college tuition in Pennsylvania is $23,662 in 2013. 

These Pennsylvania private schools are diverse in character, academic emphasis, and origins. Some private colleges or schools have a religious affiliation; others are secular. Private colleges and universities may be profit or non-profit institutions. Typically, Pennsylvania independent colleges or private schools give weight to personal characteristics and activities in addition to considering GPA and test scores. While many Pennsylvania private schools are considerably more expensive than comparable state institutions, they also tend to offer more generous financial aid packages. Many students have found the actual out-of-pocket cost to earn a degree from a private college in Pennsylvania to be less than the cost of the state schools to which they were accepted. On the one hand, Pennsylvania public colleges are usually less expensive, particularly for in-state residents. They get most of their money from the state or local government. Check out your state's Guide to Residency. Pennsylvania private colleges rely on tuition, fees, endowments, and other private sources of funding. On the other hand, Pennsylvania private colleges are usually smaller and can offer more personalized attention (and some believe, more prestige).

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The Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, a non-governmental body, serves as the state organization for 77 private colleges and universities.

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