State Snapshot: Visiting Pennsylvania’s Colleges & Universities

visitPAWhen you hear Pennsylvania, visions of Hershey’s Kisses and roller-coasters may pop into your head. However, Pennsylvania has much more than chocolate!

Pennsylvania is a large state that over 100 colleges and universities call home. New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and Lake Erie border Pennsylvania. With such an expansive area, there are a variety of places and activities to explore, including colleges!

Known as “The City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is home to more than 50 institutions of higher education including the Ivy,  University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University.

You could soak up some American history by visiting the Liberty Bell, or explore the beautiful Longwood Gardens outside of the city.

Heading westward you’ll find Pittsburgh, home to the well-known  Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne and, of course, the University of Pittsburgh.

Depending on the time of year, you could check out all types of sporting events ranging from the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers to catching a more intimate college-sporting event at the University of Pittsburgh.

As you head further out from the city, you could swing by a few smaller universities like Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in
Indiana, PA or Seton Hill, located in Greensburg. And, while you’re in the area, just southeast of Pittsburgh, you’ll find Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous Fallingwater.

In central southern Pa., the Pennsylvania Amish reside in Lancaster. Take a Horse and Buggy ride and then head over to Millersville
 or Franklin & Marshall College!

SCV Plane with trailFor directions and travel planning tools to visit
Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities, search by name or state on the
college profile pages here on

Author: Valerie

Valerie Grove is a junior at Virginia Tech, majoring in communications and former intern at Smart College Visit.

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