Value Proposition

Founded 1905


The mission of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is to meet the higher education needs of low income, historically under-represented students, resulting in immediate employment at a sustaining wage, supporting the growth and strength of business and industry across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


2,374 applications for Fall 2020 for 809 openings in the freshman class

1,223 Students for Fall 2020 enrollment

377 students with disabilities

1,487 companies looking to fill 5,122 jobs for 391 graduates (13.1 jobs/grad)

Progression Rate: 72.4%; Graduation Rate: 64.3% (Class of 2018)

96.2% Total Placement & 90% In-Field Placement (Class of 2018)

97% of graduates remain in Pennsylvania (Class of 2017, 2018 and 2019)


Recognition and Awards

  1. Forbes: Ninth Best Two-Year Trade Schools (Technical and Career Colleges) in the Nation (2018)
  2. Aspen Institute: Top Fifteen Percent of Two-Year Public Colleges in America (awarded every two years; received recognition 6 out of 6 times)(2021)
  3. Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation. (2021)
  4. U.S. Department of Education: Out-Performing 29 Benchmark Associate Colleges with similar Characteristics selected by IPEDS: High Career & Technical-High Traditional, Public, and Enrollment (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report 2019)
  5. Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE): Reaffirmation of Accreditation with Commendations (2017)
  6. Niche - #1 in Best Community Colleges in Pennsylvania (2021)

Internal Measures of Effectiveness (Class of 2019)

$42,500 median base starting salary

$9,661 median student loan debt

Our Students

First generation students

Direct to workforce at family-sustaining wage

  • Low tuition, minimal or no student-loan debt
  • 40% own home within 5 years and purchase car within 1 year


  • Change of career
  • Need skills for employment

Articulate to 4-year IHE’s

  • Supports Commonwealth IHE’s – articulate as junior


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