Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA 15904

School Details

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College was founded in 1993 due to a vote by the Cambria County Commissioners. Later that year the school was approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and the plans for the school opening began. Originally named, the Cambria County Area Community College, the name was officially changed to its current name, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, in 2004. 

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College operates with the mission to provide a quality, affordable opportunities for learning that meet regional needs in a supportive, student-oriented environment.. This mission is reached through the implementation of a set of core values. These values are student success, quality and accountability, integrity and ethics, collaboration and collegiality and responsiveness to diverse and changing community needs. 

Today, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College serves students at four different campus locations. The main campus is centered in the Johnstown suburb of Richland Township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania and three satellite campuses are located in cities of Ebensburg, Somerset and Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

When applying to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, potential students should note that there is a mandatory $20 application fee and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has an open admission policy and a rolling admissions deadline. Students who to attend Pennsylvania Highlands Community College return for a following year at a rate of 54% for full-time students and 53% for part-time students. 

Credits earned at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College are easily transferred to other higher learning institutions and about 21% of students take advantage of this and transfer out of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to another institution. 

Students at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College typically graduate within the two years it is expected to earn an Associate’s degree at a rate of 12% and graduate within three years at a rate of 28%.

There are 3,031 students currently enrolled at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, of these students, 456 are adult learners over the age of 24. Students at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College are mostly part-time enrollments making up about 66% of the student body and leaving 34% as full-time enrollment students. The gender break down shows a student body with about 59% female students and 41% male students. There is little racial diversity with 91% of students being White. All of the students come from within the state of Pennsylvania.

Students have a variety of options academically at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. There is a mix of over 30 degrees, diplomas and certificate programs offered. These academic options fall under five different departments. The academic departments at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College are:

  • Business
  • Liberal Arts
  • Human Services
  • Science
  • Technology Programs

Through completion of programs in these academic departments, students can earn an Associate of Arts degree, an Associates of Science degree or an Associates of Applied Science degree. 

There are a total of 117 faculty members, all of which are considered instructional faculty. These faculty members make up an 18:1 student to faculty ratio which makes for average class sizes.

For students wanting to work toward a degree or certificate, but who have a hectic schedule, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offers courses that can be completed online. Online courses at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offer exdivert instructors and an engaging environment, allowing students to learn when and where is most convenient to them.

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. Some of ways for a student to spend free time is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are many types of extracurricular activities. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in any students organizations that may interest them and to even create new student groups and activities. The current organizations offered by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College include:

  • Allies Club
  • Biology Club
  • Black Bear Motorcycle Club
  • Early Childhood Education Club
  • EEC Activities Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Scholars
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Project Warrior
  • Psychology Club 
  • Somerset Center Activities Club
  • Student Government
  • Yes You Can! Club

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is $4,420 for in-district students, $7,580 for in-state students and $10,510 for out-of-state students. 

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offers the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of achieving higher education. The financial aid office can help students with tuition payment plans and can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 50% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $5,332 per student per year. In addition to grant and scholarship aid, students can apply for federal student loans and about 28% of students receive loan aid. The average loan amount is $3,246 per year.




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    Public, 2-year
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    Associate's degree
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