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York College Pennsylvania

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York College is a private institution located on a 190-acre campus in historic York County, Pennsylvania. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. The student body is comprised of approximately 4,600 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. There are over 160 full-time faculty members, and classes are typically served with an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

With over 50 undergraduate degree programs as well as associate degrees and minor programs, York College has a well-rounded academic offering. The most popular majors at York include Nursing, Biology, Education, Business Administration, Psychology, Sport Management, Criminal Justice, and Engineering. In addition to this robust undergraduate offering, York also offers graduate degree programs in Business Administration, Nursing and Education. York College was recently ranked #13 among the “Best Regional Colleges in the North” by U.S. News Best Colleges. York College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The York College Galleries were established in 1994 and host a series of traveling exhibits as well as student and faculty exhibits. Each year, York College presents a series of cultural events which are open to the college and local community. Past events have included concerts, art exhibits, theatrical performances, and films showcasing local talent as well as York College students.

Something that really sets York College apart from other schools is the Center for Professional Excellence. The Center conducts a national poll each year which defines the characteristics of professionalism. The results of this poll are then used to develop seminar topics to prepare York students to be marketable graduates. Each student works with the center to create their own personal strategic plan to help them get the most out of their York education and to give them a professional edge.

This focus on professionalism permeates through the entire student experience at York. One focus of the Center for Professional Excellence is ensuring that students have the opportunity to participate in internships and service programs. Gaining this real world experience while still in school is instrumental in helping York graduates achieve success in their careers. The Excellence in Creating Extraordinary Leaders or ExCEL program is designed to give students the opportunity to enhance leadership skills by participating in a number of workshops and activities.

The ExCEL Leadership Series offers classes in topics such as time management, conflict resolution and goal setting. The ExCEL program is open to any and all students who have the desire to develop leadership skills and abilities. York College has recently opened a business incubator as part of the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship. The idea behind the business incubator is to bring companies onto campus so students and faculty can work together directly with the company. This is a win-win situation where students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience and businesses are able to tap into the intellectual capital provided by York College faculty members and students.


York College looks for students who are well rounded and have shown potential for academic success. The undergraduate application process is completed online and involves submitting an application, standardized test scores, academic records, and letters of recommendation. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and tours can be scheduled online. Once accepted, a student will need to provide a health history and physical examination report prior to beginning classes.

Home-schooled students are eligible to apply for admission to York College and follow the same admission procedures. Home-schooled students will be required to submit a high school diploma or GED. A diploma waiver may be granted if the home-schooled student has completed 15-18 non-remedial college credits prior to applying.

To apply to a graduate admissions program at York College, students should contact the program to which they want to apply to see the specific requirements for that program.

Financial Aid

York College is consistently recognized by national publications as offering a quality education at an affordable price. The College was recently ranked among 198 national best buys by Barron’s. Recent costs to attend York College as an undergraduate for one year, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, etc. was $27,800.

To assist students in meeting the financial obligations required to pursue their education, York College offers a number of options for financial aid. The financial aid office can help students identify options including scholarships, grants and loans. Approximately 90% of York College students receive financial aid with freshmen students averaging an award of $11,312.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 407th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Pennsylvania.


The Office of Student Activities and Orientation supports a number of student organizations, clubs and events to allow students to grow through a variety of opportunities and experiences. York College has over 90 student-run clubs and organizations and 13 Greek life organizations. With 50% of students living on campus, these organizations give students the ability to come together and participate in a wide range of special interest activities.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


York College is a Division III school in the Capital Athletic Conference with 20 sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, track and field and swimming. In addition to intercollegiate sports, York offers intramural and club sports as well as group fitness and wellness classes. The Grumbacher Sports and Fitness center is a 170,000 square-foot facility that includes a 12 lane swimming pool, 32 –foot climbing wall, indoor jogging track, racquetball court, wrestling room and gymnasium which seats 1,700 spectators.

Additional School Information

York College has a tradition of hosting events which bring the students together in the spirit of competition and celebration. Two events which are extremely popular with students are Midnight Madness and Spartapalooza. At Midnight Madness, York College students kick off the basketball season with music and entertainment while the team participates in NBA style skills competitions. Spartapalooza also includes music and games including a cardboard boat regatta. Students and faculty alike enjoy participating in these events together.


  • Financial Aid, www.ycp.edu/admissions/cost-and-financial-aid/, web, 22 July 2011
  • Additional Information, www.ycp.edu/about-york/our-traditions/, web, 22 July 2011
  • Unique Programs, www.ycp.edu/offices-and-services/student-activities-and-orientation/leadership-program/, web, 22 July, 2011
  • Solorzano, Lucia. Best Buys in College Education (Barron’s Best Buys in College Education). 11 ed.: Barron’s Educational Series, 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 92nd in Pennsylvania and 1072nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.04
Robbery 3 0.05
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary 4 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 13 0.23

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 312 0.71
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 16 0.04
Forcible Rape 60 0.14
Robbery 333 0.76
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 429 0.98
Larceny 1,147 2.62
Vehicle theft 155 0.35

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near York, PA 17403-3651
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population42,869 (40,581 urban / 2,288 rural)
Households16,620 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,831
Families10,238 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4204

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1342nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $15,350 $15,350 $15,350
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,660 $1,660 $1,660
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $475 $475 $475
FT Graduate Tuition $12,870 $12,870 $12,870
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,660 $1,660 $1,660
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $715 $715 $715
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $29,790 $29,790 $29,790
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,290 $30,290 $30,290
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,710 $20,710 $20,710

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,880 $16,520 $15,880 $16,520 $15,880 $16,520
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,920 $9,300
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,920 $9,300
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,934 (3,890 male / 6,044 female)
Admitted 7,302 (2,959 male / 4,343 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 1,064 (493 male / 571 female)
FT Enrollment 1,063 (493 male / 570 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,250

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Capital Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Capital Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

789th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

697th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 578
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 950 / 1138

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,575
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,380
Board Fee$4,200

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 3 19 41 13 3 872 109 1,067
Accounting 1 2 28 2 34
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2 2
Behavioral Sciences 1 3 28 4 36
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 33 3 37
Business Administration and Management, General 2 4 2 73 13 95
Chemistry, General 1 11 1 13
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 4 4
Commercial and Advertising Art 12 12
Computer Engineering, General 3 3
Computer Science 6 6
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 2 6 63 7 78
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 7 1 8
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 2
Economics, General 2 2
Education, General 14 2 16
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 4 4
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 58 4 65
Engineering, Other 1 2 3
English Language and Literature, General 1 10 1 12
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 1 4
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 10 1 13
Finance, General 2 10 3 15
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 3 4
Forensic Science and Technology 6 1 7
General Studies 9 3 12
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 1 1
History, General 22 3 26
International Relations and Affairs 5 1 6
Knowledge Management 1 1
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 7 2 9
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General 1 6 1 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 28 4 32
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1 18 3 24
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 5
Mathematics, General 1 8 2 11
Mechanical Engineering 1 17 18
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1
Music Teacher Education 2 1 3
Music, General 1 3 4
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 3 1 4
Nursing Administration 1 15 8 24
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 2 3 1 29 5 40
Philosophy 3 1 4
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General 2 1 16 4 23
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 8 3 12
Psychology, General 1 1 27 1 30
Public Relations/Image Management 1 4 32 2 39
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 7 7
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 6 3 1 105 9 128
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 2 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1 5 7
Sociology 8 3 11
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 1 33 2 37
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 3 1 46 3 54

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 728th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,985 ($84,517 male / $69,723 female)
Number of FT Faculty 190 (109 male / 81 female)
Number of PT Faculty 508
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $8,148,788

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