Prospective Students

Your first choice… discover what makes Penn Highlands the right choice for you, whether you are a recent high school graduate, an adult learner, an honors student, a career changer, or coming back from a four-year college!

Our small classes and dedicated faculty provide a superior college experience in a setting that feels more like family, all at a fraction of the price of a four-year college or university. Choose from over 35 academic programs at one of our cozy, student-oriented facilities located throughout western Pennsylvania.


3,407 students were enrolled during 2016-2017, and over 53,000 have been served since the College was founded.


On average, our students save $5,970 annually by attending a community college compared to a four-year public college.


With a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students feel like family with the one-on-one interactions received on a daily basis.

Sadie's Story

“I didn’t think I was ready for what a four-year university had to offer. Penn Highlands gave me the opportunity to excel academically and socially. I was able to live at home, enjoy my mom’s cooking, work part-time, and earn a solid education. This saved me a lot of money along the way.”

Sadie Carney
Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate & Future Doctor

Dan's Story

“Pennsylvania Highlands was and still is everything I was hoping a college to be. All of the professors were wonderful and extremely helpful in my quest for knowledge. I did not know what I wanted to study, but after taking an intro course for Criminal Justice and meeting Dr. Robert Clark I knew what I wanted to become. Dr. Clark provided me a different insight, one that made education fun again and led me to seek a career in Criminal Justice.”

Dan Dabbs
Criminal Justice Graduate & Current Master’s Degree Student

Tara's Story

“I don’t think I would have been successful in my career if I had not started my academic journey at Penn Highlands. The classes, instructors, and staff were encouraging, supportive, and genuine. The environment of support I received outside of the classroom paired with the education I learned in the classroom gave me what I needed to later attend a four-year institution and successfully start my career.”

Tara Brodish
General Studies Graduate & Local Teacher

Apply Today

Our admissions process is simple. There is no need to be alarmed. Penn Highlands accepts applications year round and admits students on a rolling basis.