Fall 2016 Enrollment
4,154 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
43% of students are from out of state
2016-2017 Academic Year
181 full-time faculty
280 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio
77% of first year students live on campus
59% of all students live on campus
Located on a 190-acre suburban campus, York College of Pennsylvania is positioned in the heart of a manufacturing and technology hub. Harley-Davidson, Dentsply, Wellspan Health, Graham Packaging, and Johnson & Johnson are just a few of the renowned local employers. The college is situated next to the city of York, which is home to 45,000 residents, a vibrant downtown scene, boutiques, restaurants, a farmer’s market, and a professional baseball team.
York is a 1-hour drive from Baltimore; a 2-hour drive from D.C.; a 2.5-hour drive from Philadelphia; and a 4-hour drive from New York City, Richmond, or Pittsburgh.
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Retention Fall 2016
78% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2016
60% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016
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York College competes in 23 NCAA Division III sports teams as part of the Capital Athletic Conference. Several Spartans teams in recent years have appeared in NCAA tournaments and received national ranking status as well as academic honors. The green-and-white Spartans also include over 30 intramural and club sports.
York College of Pennsylvania is a private institution. It was originally called York Academy when it received its charter from the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in 1787.
York College earned badges as a College of Distinction for Engineering, Business, Education, and Nursing in celebration of its “first-rate programs and recognized professional accreditations.”
Zippia named the nursing program one of the best in the state
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
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]
Ranked as one of the Best Regional Universities in the North for Veterans [U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges]
Named one of the Princeton Review's Best Regional Colleges
Named “One of the 50 Best Value Colleges for a Biology Degree” by Best Value Schools
From Day One
Students find that it doesn’t take long to get hands-on at York College, where “From Day One” is both a motto and the school’s approach to learning. Students get instruction from their professors—not graduate students—100% of the time, and they don’t have to wait long to start using state-of-the-art equipment in the labs or to get involved in such department activities as an on-campus radio show and the YCP Hacks coding and creation event. For students wanting to enhance and broaden their worldview, they can also set up a trip to study abroad anywhere in the world, whether they spend a full semester or a minimester embracing new cultures.
Career readiness is a priority at York College. Students can conduct research alongside their professors and present their findings at national conferences. They can also develop their leadership skills by participating in group projects and planning such student-run events as the popular Spartapalooza. Further professional development comes naturally with all of York’s access to internships. In fact, engineering students are required to take paid co-operative learning assignments, and many departments require capstone projects. These all give students the ability to display tangible proof of their acquired skills to potential employers tangible.
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York College believes that the best way to maximize an education is to get off to the strongest start possible. Therefore, its First-Year Seminar program works to ensure incoming students an incredible experience, using specialized, sometimes off-beat topics that promote a comfortable and interesting transition into college academics. Peer fellows also volunteer to offer mentoring and guidance to help new students navigate the first year. Such a supportive experience can extend even further, as several FYS courses are also part of learning communities in which students can live with others in the same course and create an ongoing cycle of academic and personal development.
The First-Year Seminar course is part of a broader Gen Next curriculum, the college’s general education framework. Generation Next creates a system of courses that allow students to explore their personal interests and strengthen the skills that are most valued by employers.
York College students are taught not by graduate assistants, but by subject-matter experts, 84% of whom hold the highest degree possible. York places a premium on hiring professors with real-world experience, such as music and art faculty who hold showcases of their own work throughout the year. Professors are also frequently cited as experts in national publications.
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CLASS SIZE BREAKDOWN
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Events and Activities
York College makes a point to host events that enrich the student experience. The Cultural Events series features renowned authors and artists, visiting professors, musicals and plays, and much more. Students help drive the fun, too, organizing such events as Spartapalooza, a night full of laughter and school spirit. Fall Fest, York College’s version of Homecoming, adds an action-packed weekend each autumn for students and families to enjoy.
The always-busy, always-active Student Activities office organizes plenty of opportunities for fun, including nightly events that get students socializing as well as a huge, annual spring concert that has featured everyone from Sam Hunt to Wiz Kalifa.
York College embraces the surrounding area through the Center for Community Engagement. Located in a renovated building in downtown York, the Center draws students into the community through events like a special night at the York Revolution ballpark and various volunteer efforts. The Center is also home to the Graham Scholars program, which enables entrepreneurial and innovative students to discuss and debate ideas to improve the world.
Leadership Development Center
Each year, the Leadership Development Center brings industry leaders and experts—such as Mia Hamm and Piper Kerman—to campus to present inspiring lectures. It also hosts an array of activities with students, faculty, and the community at-large. The goal of these events is to garner appreciation for the critical role that leadership and professionalism play in students’ future careers.
The Student Life and Global Programming office adds to York College’s cultural enrichment in order to celebrate diversity. Among its organized events is the Kente Service for seniors during which each student wears traditional Kente cloth from Ghana.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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Plan for Success
York College provides a personally involved plan that helps students focus their passions and attain their goals, preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful careers. Its 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows professors to get to know their students and help them meet the unique challenges of their desired professions with confidence. Such a close-knit environment makes it easy to engage in helpful discussions and get connected to a network of potential employers.
If students are interested in volunteering beyond the annual Spartan Service Day, they can be involved in the service-based Eisenhart Scholars or join one of many clubs that make service a main focus. Greek life at York also has a service component. Through Greek life and other student organizations, York students show how committed they are to giving back to the community with empathy and compassion.
Nine in ten recent graduates are employed or are in graduate school, shining as a testament to York College’s effectiveness. This success is due in part to the efforts of the Career Development Center, which holds a massive career fair, résumé clinics, job-search advice, and more. The Spartan Career Path also makes it easy for employers to find potential employees and for students to find potential internships.
On every major page, York College lists landing spots for graduates to make it easy to see the program’s success. Internships come standard at York as a primary way to get real-world experience.
Admissions Fall 2016
5,799 Total Applicants
3,535 Total Admissions
894 Total Freshmen Enrollment
60.96% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission
Rolling Admission? Yes
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2016
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TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2017-2018
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|Estimated Total On Campus||$30,260|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-17 Estimated
$13,345 First year students
$5,424 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-17 Estimated
55% on average, the percentage of need that was met
15% of financial need students that had need fully met
$5,424 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,107 Average need-based loan
AID AND INFORMATION
York College’s tuition rate is half of the average for Pennsylvania private colleges; it has always made a priority of keeping high-quality, well-respected academics affordable for students who want the benefits of a private education. Ninety-nine percent of incoming students receive financial aid or scholarships.
Alongside a bevy of possible scholarships, York College also automatically considers applicants for merit scholarships. The competitive American Constitutional Freedom Scholarship offers a full-tuition scholarship, while the James Mohatt Excellence in Music Scholarship rewards promising students who have vocal or instrumental talent, regardless of major. And the new Doris and Bernard Gordon Scholarship is an incentive for Jewish leaders on campus.