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York at a Glance

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York College. Where talents and passions are identified and nurtured. Where real-world experience, close connections and personal growth are emphasized. Where students are challenged to become the best versions of themselves. Where the value of a good education is proven, every day. From day one.

What makes York College special? A mix of incredible people and heartfelt traditions, to start. York Traditions

Commencement 2015 WPAC
These graduation ceremonies are held in the winter and spring and date back to 1874, making it the oldest campus tradition. Dressed in academic regalia - the gown, hood and cap - students are presented with their degrees. The ceremonies usually include thoughts from a faculty speaker and an honorary degree recipient.
Fall Festival
Fall Fest and Homecoming Weekend
Each October, the York College community invites alumni, families, parents and the community to campus for a weekend celebration.
Signing York College's Old Spart green rock at December 2016 commencement
Old Spart
Our beloved Old Spart, located beside the Bookstore, shows off autographs from each graduating class. Seniors sign it right after Commencement, with a fresh coat of paint applied to provide a blank canvas. Always a favorite spot for photos!
York College's traditional Kente Service through the Intercultural Student Life and Global Studies office
Kente Service
A beautiful Kente service is held for upcoming graduates through our Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming Office. A fabric native to Ghana, kente is a visual representation of the wearer's history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious beliefs, social values and political thoughts.
Senior Class 2017
Senior Class Gift
Tradition has it that as a class, you leave your legacy behind by giving a gift back to the College. Each year, the senior class contributes funds toward the purchase of a special gift for the College.

York College By the numbers

Student to faculty ratio
Undergraduate majors
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Faculty holding highest degree possible
recent graduates are employed and/or in graduate school

Fast Facts A look around York College

  • Academics
    • Master’s degrees in accounting, business administration, education, and nursing; Doctoral degree in nursing practice
    • York’s Leadership Development Center entirely focused on making students outstanding future professionals 
    • Offers seminars, workshops, and academic experiences that prepare you for professional success.
    • All qualified students are guaranteed experience-based learning opportunities.
    • Most popular majors: nursingbiologyeducationbusinesspsychologysport managementcriminal justice, & engineering
  • Campus
    • 190-acre suburban campus
    • Adjacent to York, population 45,000
    • 1 hour drive from Baltimore; two-and ½-hour drive from Philadelphia; two-hour drive from D.C.; four-hour drive from New York City, Richmond or Pittsburgh
  • Financial Information
    • 2016-17 costs: Tuition and fees (annual) – $18,240 room and board (typical) – $10,160. That's about $13,000 less for tuition than the average private school in Pennsylvania!
    • Full-tuition scholarships are offered through the American Constitutional Freedom Scholarship and York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program.
    • More than 90% of incoming freshmen receive financial aid or scholarships.
  • What Others Say
    • Ranked among 198 national best buys in higher ed [Barron’s Best Buys in College Education]
    • Ranked in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities in the North [U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges]
    • One of the Princeton Review's Best Regional Colleges: For students searching for an undergraduate experience at a “private and prestigious” institution with “an inviting atmosphere” that’s “priced competitively,” York College of Pennsylvania has much to offer. The “small, cozy, and spirited” school provides access to “small classes with a focus on practicality” and “great laboratories and research opportunities at a low cost.” One student declares,” Our school is community driven school with many activities and programs but also with a lot of emphasis on professionalism.” Students praise their school’s “excellent nursing, engineering, and secondary-ed programs.”
    • One of the 50 Best Value Colleges for a Biology Degree by Best Value Schools 
  • Classic college feel
  • History
    • York Academy received its charter from the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in 1787
    • The City of York was the first capital of the United States, birthplace of the Articles of Confederation, and where the words “The United States of America” were first spoken.
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