2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Pennsylvania

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These 10 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 $3,180 at #5-ranked Lehigh Carbon Community College to $6,960 at #3-ranked Community College of Allegheny County. Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg, ranked #7, provides the greatest number of options, as students can pursue one of 30 online associate degrees, including an AA in Liberal Arts, an AS in Business Administration, and an AAS in Web Development and Design.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Bucks County Community College $5,115 Newtown
# 2 #2 Montgomery County Community College $4,464 Blue Bell
# 3 #3 Community College of Allegheny County $6,960 Pittsburgh (and 2 others)
# 4 #4 Northampton County Area Community College $3,210 Bethlehem
# 5 #5 Lehigh Carbon Community College $3,180 Schnecksville
# 6 #6 Westmoreland County Community College $3,990 Youngwood
# 7 #7 Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg $5,407 Harrisburg
# 8 #8 Delaware County Community College $3,750 Media (and 3 others)
# 9 #9 Community College of Philadelphia $4,929 Philadelphia
# 10 #10 Pennsylvania Highlands Community College $4,526 Johnstown

2020 Online Community Colleges in Pennsylvania - Ranking 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.

#1 Bucks County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,115
  • Locations: Newtown
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

#2 Montgomery County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,464
  • Locations: Blue Bell
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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, or public relations.

#3 Community College of Allegheny County

  • Annual Tuition: $6,960
  • Locations: Pittsburgh (and 2 others)
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

#4 Northampton County Area Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,210
  • Locations: Bethlehem
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

#5 Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,180
  • Locations: Schnecksville
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

#6 Westmoreland County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,990
  • Locations: Youngwood
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

#7 Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg

  • Annual Tuition: $5,407
  • Locations: Harrisburg
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

#8 Delaware County Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • Locations: Media (and 3 others)
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Delaware County Community College has been offering distance learning courses since 1998. Today, over 150 online courses are offered as well as multiple fully online associate degrees and certificates. Students can choose from programs such as an Associate of Science in Business Administration, an Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Education, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. Courses are available in 15-, 7-, 6-, and 5-week formats and are delivered via the Canvas learning management system. Many online courses at DCCC include lectures, group discussions, presentations, essays, exercises, and exams.

#9 Community College of Philadelphia

  • Annual Tuition: $4,929
  • Locations: Philadelphia
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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, Associate of Arts in Business, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.

#10 Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,526
  • Locations: Johnstown
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

A total of seven associate degree programs and one certificate program are offered online through Pennsylvania Highlands 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 biology, chemistry, communication, English, or history. An Associate of Applied Science in Business Management is also available to be completed through the school’s e-learning program.

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