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Over 60 Schools Commended for Outstanding Program Quality, Student Services for 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best online colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for 2017. The top 50 four-year schools were named, with Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University and University of Pittsburgh honored as the top five. 12 two-year colleges were also recognized, with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Bucks County Community College taking the top five spots.

“These Pennsylvania colleges and universities have proven their value when it comes to providing high-quality online certificate and degree programs,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “In addition to strong academics, these schools also offer their online students exceptional counseling and support resources that foster success.”

To earn a spot on the Community for Accredited Online Schools list, colleges and universities must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Several additional data points are taken into consideration when scoring each school, including financial aid offerings, student/teacher ratios, graduation rates, student services and academic resources.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following:
Alvernia University
Arcadia University
California University of Pennsylvania
Carlow University
Carnegie Mellon University
Cedar Crest College
Chatham University
Clarks Summit University
Delaware Valley University
DeSales University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
Eastern University
Gannon University
Geneva College
Gwynedd Mercy University
Immaculata University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Keystone College
King's College
La Roche College
La Salle University
Lancaster Bible College
Lehigh University
Marywood University
Mercyhurst University
Messiah College
Misericordia University
Mount Aloysius College
Neumann University
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango
Philadelphia University
Point Park University
Robert Morris University
Rosemont College
Saint Francis University
Saint Joseph's University
Seton Hill University
Temple University
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
University of Scranton
University of the Sciences
University of Valley Forge
Villanova University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Widener University-Main Campus
Wilkes University
Wilson College

Best Online Two-Year Schools in Pennsylvania for 2017 include the following:
Bucks County Community College
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Philadelphia
Harcum College
Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Luzerne County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Northampton County Area Community College
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Reading Area Community College
Westmoreland County Community College

About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

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