Colleges & Universities

Well known for the higher education options serving all interests and concentrations, Washington County’s colleges, universities and branch campuses also add a flair of arts, culture, creativity, and personality to our community which many visitors and prospective students enjoy.

Founded in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Cal U offers career-focused academic programs that engage students in applied and active learning. Students gain a solid academic foundation in their chosen field, along with the skills that matter most to employers, including technology literacy, communication, critical thinking and teamwork. The beautiful 294-acre campus includes top recreation facilities, best-in-class housing options, plenty of green space and an on-campus farm used for recreation and learning activities. 

As for Washington & Jefferson College, the story begins with three leaders creating three colleges on the American frontier. Since then, W&J College has emerged as a leading institution with a storied history of doers, dreamers, and achievers: Senators and Congressmen, Hall of Famers, an NFL commissioner, CEOs, chairpersons, space travelers. For over 200 years, W&J College has produced ethical, well-rounded, and informed leaders in all fields and a strong network of alumni to support the next generation.

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in Washington has been preparing students for in-demand careers for the past 90+ years. Whether you are just graduating from high school, changing your career, or looking to change your life, Penn Commercial can help you set a clear career path. Their long-standing history in the Washington community speaks for itself—and there are many other reasons students choose Penn Commercial, including: accelerated programs, financial assistance for qualified students, in-demand career paths, connection to local employers, Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy and more.