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Erie, Pennsylvania Colleges

Colleges in Erie, Pa., provide students with any number of routes when it comes to pursuing postsecondary education.

Erie, Pennsylvania Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in Erie, Pennsylvania. Each degree from a Erie, Pennsylvania Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field.

At career colleges in Pennsylvania, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

Pennsylvania Area Career and Technical Training Programs:

Erie Colleges and Universities

Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania is the city of Erie. With a population of approximately 102,000, Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania and the government seat of its eponymous county. Nicknamed "The Gem City" for Lake Erie's sparkling clarity, Erie shines in a number of ways, not the least of which are its opportunities for higher education.

Colleges and Universities Near Erie, Pa.

The Erie metropolitan area is home to just over a dozen institutions of higher learning, which are about equally split between two-year career colleges and four-year universities. Allegheny College is a private, liberal arts college that is increasingly recognized for its academic excellence. Allegheny's 2,100 students enjoy relatively affordable tuition, innovative baccalaureate programs and a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio that allows for plenty of individualized learning. The cost to attend is about $37,610 for the 2011-12 year.

Those seeking a public university in the Erie area should consider Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a four-year school of around 6,700 undergrads. Edinboro offers an unbeatable student experience with competitive athletics programs, academic and honor societies, an engaged student government and a host of Greek organizations. Tuition and fees total a very manageable $8,400. Additional schools offering postsecondary education in the area include Erie Business Center, Gannon University, Penn State Behrend, and many others.

A Glace at the Erie Economy

Like many Pennsylvania cities, Erie's economy has its roots in manufacturing. While no longer as reliant on large-scale manufacturing, Erie is home to several steel and plastic plants. Up-and-coming industries such as health, insurance and tourism diversify the economy and give Erie's college students plenty of great professions to aspire to.

Author: Karin Hansen

Karin Hansen holds a degree in English from San Francisco State University.

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