National Higher Education Day aims to champion the accessibility and the importance of a college education.
There is no better place to earn a degree than Northeastern Pennsylvania!
Staying Local Makes Sense
NEPA’s 18 colleges and universities make it easy for students to find the right fit.
The Greater Wilkes-Barre and Scranton areas alone offer over a dozen higher education options. Penn State University has several campuses across the region as well. And many schools connect to rural areas through satellite campuses and on-line classes. For many local students, the future is only a short commute or a few clicks away.
Most of NEPA’s colleges are surrounded by local amenities from dining and shopping to entertainment and recreation. You can be in class in the afternoon and at a concert with friends thirty minutes later. Or start your day with a refreshing bike ride and go from trail to campus bike rack in minutes.
We've Got It All
Local students have access to nationally recognized programs of study and faculty.
With abundant natural resources, access to the best technology and a rich, local history, NEPA schools offer rewarding classroom experiences.
Local colleges are comfortable, familiar and a great source of confidence for NEPA students.
They may study Biology or Forestry in one of our beautiful state parks. They might complete a rotation at their hometown pharmacy. Or they may even train as teachers in the very same classroom where they attended the third grade.
Local schools offer a model of community-based learning that you just can’t duplicate anywhere else.
There is something special about knowing friends and family are close by if you need them. And eventually, we all do — whether it’s for a comforting hug or just a hot meal and free laundry.
This Is Where You Belong
NEPA schools help students put their educations to work.
Every semester, students take advantage of rewarding internship opportunities with NEPA companies.
Year after year, local colleges turn out engineers, welders, video editors, nurses and so much more. Many of them go on to start their careers right here in NEPA. And there are many reasons for them to stay — wages are steady, cost of living can’t be beat and housing is affordable.
When it comes to hiring, local employers just feel more confident with homegrown talent. With a local education and plenty of local employers eager to hire, a good career and a fulfilling life in NEPA is well within your grasp.
Choosing a college isn’t easy. Get out there and explore your options. Be sure to check out the many incredible opportunities right here at home.
Take some time to discover NEPA’s 18 colleges and universities:
Bloomsburg University offers 56 undergraduate programs, 58+ minors and 20 graduate programs.
Clarks Summit University
Clarks Summit University prepares students for careers in Christian ministries across the globe.
East Stroudsburg University
ESU’s Student Activity Association owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre off-campus recreation area with a lodge and a small lake.
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
A Geisinger Commonwealth education emphasizes active learning and community engagement.
68% of 2017 graduates have reported employment in their field, further education or military service.
Average student to faculty ratio 11:1
King’s offers a 3 + 2 Engineering Dual Degree Program with the University of Notre Dame.
For over 120 years, Lackawanna College has empowered students to become the next generation of leaders.
Luzerne County Community College
LCCC offers a dual admission program with many local, 4-year universities.
87% of Marywood’s full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
One of the region’s top colleges for teacher education, and health and medical sciences.
Northampton Community College
Home to three of the last seven PA Professors of the Year.
Penn State University – Hazleton
More than 87% of students receive some form of financial assistance.
Penn State University – Scranton
Average class size: 23 students
Penn State University – Schuylkill
An eco-friendly campus with more trees than students.
Penn State University – Wilkes-Barre
All the charm of a small campus combined with the resources of a major research university.
The University of Scranton
The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its Best Colleges for the past 16 years.
Babe Ruth hit his longest home run at the Wilkes Baseball field — more than 600 feet!