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Wyomissing, Pennsylvania (PA) Colleges and Universities

While there aren't any not-for-profit schools in Wyomissing, there are many schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

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Most Program Variety

Students may want to seek out schools with a large number of academic programs in order to ensure plenty of variety when choosing a major. Most of the not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Wyomissing area have at least 15 areas of study. The three schools listed below have the area's most program variety, each with over 60 programs.

1 - Reading Area Community College

Reading Area Community College (RACC) is about four miles east of Wyomissing and has nearly 90 academic offerings. The 2-year college awarded 399 associate degrees and 40 undergraduate certificates in 2011-2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In the 2011-2012 academic year, the most popular programs at the associate level were liberal arts/sciences, general studies, business administration/management, psychology and registered nursing. Licensed practical/vocational nursing was the most common option among certificate recipients that year, with 28 awards conferred.

2 - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1866, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (KU) is a public institution located on a 289-acre campus about 17 miles northeast of Wyomissing. KU has the second-most program variety in the Wyomissing area, offering students a choice of more than 70 options across four academic colleges. According to the NCES, KU conferred 1,812 bachelor's degrees and 292 master's degrees in 2011-2012. The most popular majors that year were psychology, elementary education and teaching, human resources management, criminal justice and marketing.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Kutztown University of Pennsylvania #38 on its 2013 list of top public schools in the North. KU was also ranked #118 among the best regional universities in the North and #187 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best graduate schools for social work.

3 - Albright College

Located four miles northeast of Wyomissing in Reading, Albright College comes in third with roughly 62 program options. This private United Methodist institution was ranked #172 on U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of the nation's best liberal arts colleges. Albright awarded 485 bachelor's degrees and 16 master's degrees in the 2011-2012 academic year, according to NCES data. The NCES reported that the most popular programs among undergraduates that year were industrial and organizational psychology, business/commerce, business administration/management, accounting and sociology.

Lowest Net Price

The net prices for colleges and universities are calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received - including scholarships and grants - from the total cost of attendance for in-state or in-district students. Traditional schools in the Wyomissing area had net prices that ranged from about $9,000 to $27,000 in 2011-2012. The following three schools have the lowest net prices among traditional, not-for-profit institutions in the area, according to NCES figures from 2011-2012.

1 - Reading Area Community College

RACC places first with an average net price of $10,107. In 2012-2013, tuition and fees were $4,350 for in-district students and $7,380 for in-state students who lived outside of the district, according to the NCES. The total cost of attendance for in-district students was estimated at $21,950, with approximately $15,800 of that going towards room and board and miscellaneous living expenses, per 2012-2013 data from the NCES. In 2011-2012, 77% of all RACC students received grants or scholarships; the average amount awarded was $6,499 per student. In that same year, 71% of students sought federal loans that averaged out to $4,188.

2 - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

With a net price of $14,191, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania places second among qualified schools. In-state tuition and fees were estimated by the NCES at $8,596 in 2012-2013, while out-of-state tuition and fees were estimated at $18,422. Total cost of attendance for in-state students living on-campus in 2012-2013 was estimated at $23,130; the NCES reported that out-of-state total costs were approximately $32,956. Half of all KU undergraduates received grants or scholarships in 2011-2012, with the average award amount at $5,296. Additionally, 73% of undergraduates took out federal student loans averaging $6,675 in 2011-2012.

3 - Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Schuylkill

Located about 23 miles northwest of Wyomissing in Schuylkill Haven is Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Schuylkill, which has a 2011-2012 net price of $15,411. Penn State Schuylkill is a public school and a branch campus of the Pennsylvania State University. According to the NCES, in-state tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year were approximately $13,238, and the total cost of attendance was estimated at $28,648. The NCES reported that 89% of Penn State Schuylkill students were awarded an average of $5,924 in scholarship or grant aid in 2011-2012, and 79% received federal loans that averaged $6,987.

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines overall graduation rates by finding the percentage of students who complete their studies within 150% of the expected time (e.g. three years for an associate degree). Overall graduation rates at schools in the region ranged from 85% down to eight percent, according to NCES figures from 2011. The following three Wyomissing-area schools have the highest overall graduation rates among traditional, not-for-profit institutions.

1 - Franklin and Marshall College

Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) was founded in 1787 and is situated on a 200-acre campus in Lancaster. This school is about 23 miles southwest of Wyomissing and has the area's highest overall graduation rate at 85%. The NCES found that 81% of students who started a bachelor's program in fall 2005 graduated within four years. F&M has an incredibly high retention rate, which may be indicative of student satisfaction; 93% of fall 2010 freshmen pursuing bachelor's degrees returned in the fall of 2011 to continue their studies, according to the NCES. U.S. News & World Report ranked F&M #46 on its 2013 list of the best national liberal arts colleges.

2 - Albright College

Ranking second with an overall graduation rate of 60% is Albright College. This school had a 4-year graduation rate of 52% for bachelor's students who started in fall 2005, per NCES statistics. The NCES also noted that 74% of freshmen beginning their bachelor's degrees in fall 2010 returned to the school in fall 2011.

3 - Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Berks

With an overall graduation rate of 54%, Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Berks in Reading places third on this list. Penn State Berks is a satellite campus of Pennsylvania State University and sits on 258 acres. Among freshmen who began their studies in fall 2005, 55% graduated within six years and 32% graduated within four years, according to the NCES. This school also has a relatively high retention rate; the NCES reported that 79% of fall 2010 freshmen returned the following academic year to continue their bachelor's degrees.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Schools with low student-faculty ratios generally have a higher percentage of small classes. For this reason, low student-faculty ratios may be an important search factor for students who thrive with personalized academic attention. According to NCES figures from 2011, the three traditional, not-for-profit schools listed below had student-faculty ratios below 15:1.

1 - Franklin and Marshall College

With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, Franklin and Marshall College comes in first on this list. To serve its 2,363 students, the college employed a total of 281 instructional faculty members in fall 2012, according to NCES data. F&M reports an average of 19 students per class. U.S. News & World Report found that about half (50.3%) of classes had less than 20 students in 2011, while only 0.8% had 50 or more students.

2 - Alvernia University

Founded in 1958, Alvernia University in Reading is just over two miles from Wyomissing. This school features a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and had a total of 303 instructional faculty members in fall 2012. According to U.S. News & World Report, 61.9% of classes had fewer than 20 students in 2011, and less than one percent of classes contained more than 50 students. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Alvernia University #124 on its 2013 list of the best regional universities in the North.

3 - Albright College

Coming in third with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 is Albright College. The NCES reported that the school had 120 full-time and 115 part-time instructors in fall 2012. The school's website reported that the average class size is 15 students. Data from U.S. News & World Report showed that approximately 60% of classes contained fewer than 20 students in 2011, and less than one percent of classes had 50 or more enrollees.

Wyomissing Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Albright College Reading, PA (4.0 miles from Wyomissing) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Bachelor's and master's degrees; 1- to 2-year certificates 2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Alvernia University Reading, PA (2.2 miles from Wyomissing) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees 2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA (22.9 miles from Wyomissing) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Bachelor's degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
Highest Graduation Rate
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA (16.6 miles from Wyomissing) 4-year, public Bachelor's and master's degrees 2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Net Price
Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Berks Reading, PA (0.0 miles from Wyomissing) 4-year, public Associate and bachelor's degrees; less than 1-year and 1- to 2-year certificates 3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Schuylkill Schuylkill Haven, PA (22.9 miles from Wyomissing) 4-year, public Associate and bachelor's degrees; less than 1-year and 1- to 2-year certificates 3rd Lowest Net Price
Reading Area Community College Reading, PA (3.7 miles from Wyomissing) 2-year, public Associate degrees; less than 1-year and 1- to 2-year certificates Most Program Variety,
Lowest Net Price
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