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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.

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Fast Facts A look around York College

  • Academics
    • Master’s degrees in accounting, business administration, education, integrated marketing communication, leadership, music industry studies, nursing and public policy and administration;
    • Doctoral degree in nursing practice
    • Offers seminars, workshops, and academic experiences that prepare you for professional success.
    • All qualified students are guaranteed experience-based learning opportunities.
    • Most popular majors: nursing, biology, education, business, psychology, sport management, criminal 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
    • 2018-19 costs: Tuition and fees (annual) – $20,100 room and board (typical) – $11,200. That's about $13,000 less for tuition than the average private school in Pennsylvania! And yet York College still can provide nationally-acclaimed academic programs, class sizes and access to faculty that public universities can't touch, and the kind of career preparation coupled with a well-rounded academic program that puts you in the best possible position for success. That's real value. That's what York College of Pennsylvania is in a class of its own.
    • Full-tuition scholarships are offered through the Presidential Research Fellowship and York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program. Specific scholarship opportunities are available for transfers and for international students as well.
    • More than 90% of incoming freshmen receive financial aid or scholarships.
    • The average resident freshmen financial aid award is $19,214. We value students who put in the work in high school needed to be successful. We value students who want to be around others who push them to be their best. And our scholarships and grants back that up.
  • What Others Say


    • Named a 2018 College of Distinction for Nursing, Engineering, Business, Education, and for all of Pennsylvania.
    • One of the 50 Best Value Colleges for a Nursing Degree by College Factual.
    • 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]. U.S. News also ranked York College as one of the Best Regional Universities in the North for Veterans.
    • 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 as well as for Criminal Justice.
    • Best Value also ranked York, Pennsylvania has having one of the “most charming college town main streets” in the country.
    • Nursing Schools Almanac lists York College in the top 20 in the mid-Atlantic for its nursing program, and in the top 4% of the 3,200 schools evaluated. 
    • Selected as a Top School in the 2018 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities research study. Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE) is the journal of higher education for service members and veterans making the transition from military to the civilian sector.
  • 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.

Where is York College?

York College is located in York, PA, in the heart of the jobs-rich mid-Atlantic. York is in the midst of an exciting revitalization with small businesses and entrepreneurial creatives leading the way.
  • 45 minutes from Harrisburg and Lancaster
  • One hour from Baltimore
  • Two hours from D.C.
  • Two and a half hours from Philadelphia
  • Four hours from NYC, Pittsburgh and Richmond
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