Resources › For Students and Parents Philadelphia Area Colleges and Universities A Guide to Higher Education in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey Area Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions College Rankings College Admissions Process College Profiles Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By John Fischer John Fischer is a freelance travel writer and photographer who specializes in Hawaii and the South Pacific. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter John Fischer Updated June 26, 2019 Our guide to colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia / South Jersey area will help you get a capsule view of what each institution offers and how it compares to others in the region. Arcadia UniversityGlenside, PAArcadia University maintains an historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church, but is independently controlled and ecumenical in spirit. It is a coeducational, private, comprehensive university offering a wide array of liberal arts and professional programs.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn Mawr, PABryn Mawr College was founded in 1885 to give women access to educational opportunities that had long been denied them. It remains one of the nation's top, primarily female colleges. Bucks County Community CollegeNewtown, Perkasie, and Bristol, PABucks County Community College was founded in response to a need for a public two-year collegiate institution to serve graduates of the County's high schools and other citizens of Bucks County who would benefit from an experience in higher education.Camden County CollegeBlackwood, Camden & Cherry Hill, NJCamden County College, one of the fastest growing two-year institutions of higher education in the United States, is a comprehensive public two-year community college that provides accessible and affordable education to high school graduates in South Jersey. Chestnut Hill CollegeChestnut Hill, PAChestnut Hill College offers a liberal arts education that provides students with a broad background in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Cheyney UniversityCheyney, PACheyney University of Pennsylvania is the oldest of the historically Black Colleges and Universities in America. It has a historical commitment to opportunity and access for students of diverse backgrounds. College of New JerseyEwing, NJThe College of New Jersey, an undergraduate and residential liberal arts college with targeted graduate programs, is ranked as the top public institution of higher learning in New Jersey. Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PAThe Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in the City offering over 70 career and transfer programs in Business, Humanities, Allied Health, Science and Technology and the Social and Behavioral Sciences.Delaware County Community CollegeMarple Township, PADelaware County Community College is an accredited, two-year associate-degree-granting institution of higher education serving students in Delaware and Chester counties with two campuses, three centers and several locations throughout each county. Drexel UniversityPhiladelphia, PAFounded in as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry by Philadelphia, Drexel University today is Philadelphia's technological leader in health sciences education. Drexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphia, PA Hahnemann Medical CollegeWomen's Medical College of PA Drexel University College of Medicine is the consolidation of two venerable medical schools with rich and intertwined histories: Hahnemann Medical College and Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. They were two of the earliest medical colleges in the United States, and Woman's was the very first medical school for women in the nation. Eastern UniversitySt. David's PAEastern is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university that integrates faith, reason and justice for its students in undergraduate, graduate, Seminary and accelerated adult programs. Gwynedd-Mercy CollegeGwynedd Valley, PAGwynedd-Mercy College is an independent, co-educational institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy that offers baccalaureate and associate degrees in more than 40 programs in the allied health professions, arts and sciences, business and computer information science, education and nursing. Harcum CollegeBryn Mawr, PAHarcum College is a two-year, private, fully accredited, residential and commuter college committed to the education of women and now also men for careers in the healthcare industry, business, law and law enforcement. It also offers Liberal Studies to prepare students for transfer into a 4-year college. Haverford CollegeHaverford, PA Haverford is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges founded in 1833 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). While the College is not formally affiliated with any religious body today, the values of individual dignity, academic strength, and tolerance upon which it was founded remain central to its character. Holy Family UniversityBensalem, Newtown, Philadelphia, PAFounded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Holy Family University is a comprehensive four-year Catholic university based in Philadelphia. Immaculata UniversityImmaculata, PAChartered in 1920, Immaculata University, then known as Villa Maria College, was the first Catholic College for women in the Philadelphia area. Today Immaculata is a comprehensive Catholic liberal arts institution serving men and women of all ages. JeffersonPhiladelphia, PAJefferson was formed as a merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University and is a private institution of higher learning committed to providing an experiential education and is recognized as a leader in the architecture, design, engineering, business, textiles, and health sciences fields. Lafayette CollegeEaston, PAA top 30 ranked liberal arts college college, Lafayette College was founded in 1826 by the citizens of Easton and first began holding classes in 1832. The founders voted to name the school after the Marquis de Lafayette. LaSalle UniversityPhiladelphia, PALaSalle University is a top 20 ranked private Roman Catholic University committed to providing a liberal education of both general and specialized studies. Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PALehigh is a top ranked co-educational, non-denominational, private university located on a 1600-acre wooded campus that is actually built into the side of what is affectionately known as "Old South Mountain" in historic Bethlehem, PA. Lincoln UniversityOxford, PALincoln University was chartered in April 1854 as Ashmun Institute. It was the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent. Manor CollegeJenkintown, PAManor College is a private, Catholic, co-ed college founded in 1947 closely associated with the Ukrainian Catholic Church, whose liturgy, spirituality, and life is of the Eastern Christian tradition. Messiah CollegeMechanicsburg and Philadelphia, PAMessiah College is a Christian interdenominational college whose main campus is in central Pennsylvania. Its small Philadelphia Campus associated with Temple University allows second-year Messiah students to study and learn in a major urban center with its ethnic, cultural, and academic diversity. Neumann CollegeAston, PANeumann College in Aston, PA is a private, Catholic, co-educational College in the Franciscan tradition named in honor of Philadelphia's own St. John Neumann. Peirce CollegePhiladelphia, PAPeirce is a private, four-year, specialized institution providing practical, leading edge curricula to primarily working adult learners. Peirce offers accelerated degree programs designed to complement today's busy lifestyle. Penn State University Penn State AbingtonAbington, PA Penn State Delaware County CampusMedia, PA Penn State Great Valley Graduate CenterMalvern, PA The local campuses of Penn State University offer baccalaureate and associate degrees and certificate programs taught by Penn State faculty. Students have an option to transfer to the main campus in Happy Valley, PA. Pennsylvania College of Optometry of Salus UniversityElkins Park, PAThe Pennsylvania College of Optometry was founded in 1919, as the first non-profit, independent college of optometry and in 1923 the first to confer doctor of optometry degree. The college remains a leader in both training and research. Pennsylvania Institute of TechnologyMedia, PAThe Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is an independent two-year higher learning institute located in Media, PA. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePhiladelphia, PAFounded in 1899, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to the education of students in medicine, health and behavioral sciences. The College fosters the growth of the osteopathic profession by training physicians through programs of study guided by osteopathic medical tradition, concept and practice. Princeton University Princeton, NJThe top ranked Princeton University is the fourth-oldest university in the U.S. and is one of the eight Ivy League universities. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction. Rider UniversityLawrenceville and Princeton, NJRider University is a private, coeducational nonsectarian liberal arts university located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The school's world reknowned Westminster Choir College is located nearby in the Borough of Princeton. Rosemont CollegeRosemont, PARosemont College is a private, Roman Catholic, primarily female college with fewer than 500 undergraduate students. The campus is located on a 56-acre campus in an attractive, historic suburban community 11 miles west of Philadelphia, Rowan UniversityGlassboro, NJFormerly named Glassboro State College, the school changed its name to Rowan College of New Jersey in 1992. Rowan is a comprehensive university with a strong regional reputation. In 1997 it became Rowan University. Rutgers University-CamdenCamden, NJWith more than 6,600 students in the 2016-17 school year, Rutgers-Camden is a large branch of Rutgers University. Rutgers-Camden has the only law school in southern New Jersey. Saint Joseph's UniversityPhiladelphia, PASaint Joseph's University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution founded in 1851. Since its first days, the University has distinguished itself with a strong liberal arts core curriculum, fostering rigorous and open-minded inquiry, maintaining high academic standards, and attending to the development of the whole person. Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore, PAAs the number three ranked liberal arts college in America, Swarthmore college was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) as one of the nation's first co-educational colleges, Swarthmore today is non-sectarian, but still reflects many Quaker traditions and values.. Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, PATemple University is a comprehensive public research university based in Philadelphia.. Temple University is the 28th largest university in the United States and the sixth largest provider of professional education in the country. It is known for its programs in business, education, health sciences, law, and media/broadcasting. University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PARecognized as America's first university, the number seven ranked University of Pennsylvania was founded by Benjamin Franklin. Today, this historic, Ivy League school continues its history of innovation in interdisciplinary education and scholarship. University of the ArtsPhiladelphia, PAThe University of the Arts is the largest comprehensive educational institution of its kind in the nation, preparing students for professional careers in design, fine arts, crafts, dance, music, and theater arts. University of the Sciences in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PAFounded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia was the first college of pharmacy in the United States, USP has a distinguished reputation of educating students for successful and rewarding careers in the thriving pharmaceutical, science, and health care industries. Ursinus CollegeCollegeville, PAUrsinas is a liberal arts college founded in 1869 whose mission is "to model civility, to prepare students for an interdependent world and to teach students how to put their ideas to work." Valley Forge Military Academy and CollegeValley Forge, PAValley Forge Academy is an all-male college-preparatory boarding school for middle and high school students and the college is a co-educational two-year transfer college that aims to provide students with an educational experience built on five cornerstones: academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development and leadership. Villanova UniversityVillanova, PAFounded in 1842 by the friars of the Order of St. Augustine, Villanova University is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It offers a wide variety of degree programs through four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. West Chester UniversityWest Chester, PAFounded in 1871, West Chester University is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources.