2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Pennsylvania

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These nine Pennsylvania community colleges are helping to make education accessible by offering online associate degrees and certificates. Annual tuition for the schools on this list ranges from $3,120 at #3-ranked Northampton County Area Community College to $6,510 at #5-ranked Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg. Community College of Allegheny County, ranked #6, provides the greatest number of options, as students can pursue one of 22 online associate degrees, including an AA in Psychology, an AS in Cybersecurity, an AS in Homeland Security, and more.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Bucks County Community College $4,650 Newtown (PA)
#2 #2 Westmoreland County Community College $3,990 Youngwood (PA)
#3 #3 Northampton County Area Community College $3,120 Bethlehem (PA)
#4 #4 Montgomery County Community College - Central Campus $4,464 Blue Bell (PA)
#5 #5 Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg $6,510 Harrisburg (PA)
#6 #6 Community College of Allegheny County $3,390 Pittsburgh (and 2 others)
#7 #7 Lehigh Carbon Community College $6,000 Schnecksville (PA)
#8 #8 Community College of Philadelphia $5,820 Philadelphia (PA)
#9 #9 Pennsylvania Highlands Community College $4,092 Johnstown (PA)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Pennsylvania - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,650
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Newtown
  • Online Associate Degrees: 21
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A total of 21 associate degrees and six certificate programs are offered fully online through Bucks County Community College. Associate degrees are offered in the areas of business administration, computer science, criminal justice, social work, and information science. Certificates include bookkeeping, early childhood education, emergency management, social media and digital marketing, fire science, and historic preservation. Distance learners have access to online support services including an online staff, 24/7 resources, a bookstore, library services and proctored testing.

Online Associate Degrees (21)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $3,990
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Youngwood
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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The online courses offered by Westmoreland County Community College are designed in five different formats: fully online, hybrid, web conferencing, live interactive, and blended-live interactive. Depending on the degree program the student chooses, the workload can be completed entirely online, or both online and on campus. Web conferencing allows online students to interact with the instructor and on-campus students in real time. Live interactive courses require students to log in and virtually attend on-campus lectures in real time. Examples of associate programs offered through the online program include an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management, and an Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security.

Online Associate Degrees (11)

Online Certificate Programs (16)

  • Annual Tuition: $3,120
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Bethlehem
  • Online Associate Degrees: 20
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Northampton County Area Community College gives students who are unable to attend campus classes the opportunity to earn an associate degree through a fully online format. All classes are synchronous and conducted live, allowing distance learners to interact with the instructor and on-campus students in real time. Students have access to online tutoring services, academic advisement, and technical support. Associate degrees offered online include an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, and an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting. Certificates and specialized diplomas are also offered online.

Online Associate Degrees (20)

Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $4,464
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Blue Bell
  • Online Associate Degrees: 18
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Montgomery County Community College - Central Campus provides the flexibility that distance learners may require to earn a degree at their own pace. Classes are asynchronous; however, online students still need to meet regularly scheduled assignment and test deadlines. Certain elements of coursework, such as exams, may require visits to campus. Associate degrees offered online include an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, an Associate of Arts in Accounting, and an Associate of Applied Science Secondary Education. Alternatively, students can obtain an online certificate in bookkeeping, entrepreneurship, homeland security or public relations.

Online Associate Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,510
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Harrisburg
  • Online Associate Degrees: 32
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Multiple associate degrees and certificate and diploma programs are offered fully online by Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg. The option to learn at an accelerated pace is available for specific degrees. Online programs include an Associate of Arts in Business Management, an Associate of Arts in Health Care Management, an Associate of Arts in Philosophy, and an Associate of Arts in Web Development and Design. Available online certificates include gerontology, technology studies, and web development and design. Online diplomas include professional bookkeeping, architectural technology, gerontology, and technology studies.

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Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $3,390
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Pittsburgh, Monroeville, West Mifflin
  • Online Associate Degrees: 22
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The Community College of Allegheny County offers many associate degree programs and certificate programs entirely online. Examples of programs available fully online include an Associate of Arts in Psychology, an Associate of Arts in Teacher Education, an Associate of Science in Arts and Humanities and an Associate of Science in Business. Fully online certificate programs include digital design, e-commerce, business management, accounting, computer forensics, and software development. Online tutoring is also available for students who need help over chat.

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Online Certificate Programs (25)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Schnecksville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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Lehigh Carbon Community College offers 100-percent online learning programs for students in need of a flexible class schedule. The associate degrees offered through the school prepare students for transfer to a four-year university or direct placement in the workforce. Academic support provided to online students includes disability services, tutoring services, and a testing center. Available degrees include an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, Education, Criminal Justice Administration, and Human Resource Management. Certificates and specialized diplomas are also offered through the online learning program.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,820
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Philadelphia
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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Distance learners can earn an associate degree or a certificate through the flexible e-learning program offered by the Community College of Philadelphia. The majority of classes are asynchronous and can be accessed at any time; however, certain courses, such as an online speaking class, require a live, weekly meeting. Available online certificates include accounting paraprofessional, entrepreneurship, geographic information systems, and post-baccalaureate accounting. Online associate degree options include an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, an Associate of Applied Science in Justice, and an Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,092
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Locations: Johnstown
  • Online Associate Degrees: 8
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A total of seven associate degree programs and one certificate program are offered online through Pennsylvania Highland Community College. The Early Childhood Management and Leadership Undergraduate Certificate can be obtained entirely through online coursework. Alternatively, distance learners can choose an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus in communication, English, history, or nanotechnology. An Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and an Associate of Applied Science in Management are also available to be completed through the school’s e-learning program.

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