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Pennsylvania schools colleges and universities

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The history of higher education in Pennsylvania is inextricably tied with that of the United States. Benjamin Franklin established the University of Pennsylvania in 1749, when he was just over 40 years old, formalizing an academic institution that had begun as early as 1740, the school's official founding date. Either way, throughout the course of history, Penn (as it's colloquially known) has achieved a series of important firsts: both the first medical college and the first business school in the country were created as part of the university.

Penn, though, is far from the only higher education institute in the state. Philadelphia is one of the nation's greatest college towns; Villanova University, Temple University and St. Joseph's University are all located within the City of Brotherly Love.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh make up some of the state's more than 100 other postsecondary institutions.

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