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About Pennsylvania

The Keystone State
A “keystone” is a central, wedge-shaped stone which holds all the other stones of a structure in place to form an arch. In early America, Pennsylvania played a vital geographic and strategic role in holding together the states of the newly formed Union. Today, Pennsylvania continues to be of key importance to the social, economic and political development of the United States.

State Slogan: State of Independence
On March 16, 2004, Governor Rendell announced Pennsylvania’s new tourism slogan: “The State of Independence.” Selected from an initial field of 21,774 in the “Penn a Phrase for Pennsylvania” contest, the winning entry earned Philadelphia native Tristan Mabry a weeklong Pennsylvania getaway.

The Commonwealth
Pennsylvania is officially a Commonwealth, a word which comes from Old English and means the “common weal” or well-being of the public. In Pennsylvania, all legal processes are carried out in the name of the Commonwealth, although the word does not appear on the State Seal.

The State Coat of Arms
Pennsylvania’s Coat of Arms is probably the state’s most familiar symbol. Based on a 1778 design by Caleb Lownes of Philadelphia, it features a shield crested by an American Bald Eagle, flanked by horses and adorned with symbols of Pennsylvania’s strengths – a ship carrying state commerce to all parts of the world; a clay-red plough, signifying our rich natural resources; and three golden sheaves of wheat, suggesting fertile fields and Pennsylvania’s wealth of human thought and action. An olive branch and cornstalk cross limbs beneath – a message of peace and prosperity. The state motto is festooned below.

The State Flag
In 1799, the General Assembly authorized the official Pennsylvania State Flag, a banner fringed in gold with the Coat of Arms embroidered on a field of blue. During the Civil War, some Pennsylvania regiments carried battle flags modeled after the American flag, but with our Coat of Arms in place of the block of stars in the corner. This kind of creative license was discouraged in 1907 when the General Assembly acted to standardize the State Flag.

The State Seal
Authorized by the General Assembly in 1791, the Seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a symbol of authenticity which verifies that proclamations, commissions and other papers of state are legal and official. The face of the Seal displays symbols identical to the Coat of Arms, without the supporting horses, and is used most frequently as an imprint. The reverse side, or counterseal, pictures Liberty dominating Tyranny in the form of a lion, along with the warning “Both Can’t Survive.”

    Private institutions

  • CHI Institute
  • DuBois Business College
  • Harcum College
  • Johnson College
  • Lackawanna College
  • Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Lehigh Valley College
  • Manor College
  • McCann School of Business and Technology
  • New Castle School of Trades
  • Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
  • Valley Forge Military Academy and College
  • Two-year institutions and technical schools

  • Albright College
  • Allegheny College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Chatham University
  • Dickinson College
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Geneva College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grove City College
  • Haverford College
  • Juniata College
  • King’s College, Pennsylvania
  • Lafayette College
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Lycoming College
  • Marywood University
  • Mercyhurst College
  • Messiah College
  • Moravian College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Ursinus College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Waynesburg University
  • Westminster College, Pennsylvania
  • Wilson College (Pennsylvania)
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Private liberal arts colleges
    Private colleges and universities

  • Alvernia University
  • The American College
  • Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College)
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Baptist Bible College & Seminary
  • Bryn Athyn College
  • Cabrini College
  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Central Pennsylvania College
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Delaware Valley College
  • DeSales University (formerly Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales)
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Eastern University
  • Gannon University
  • Gratz College
  • Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
  • Holy Family University
  • Hussian School of Art
  • Immaculata University
  • Keystone College
  • La Roche College
  • Lancaster Bible College
  • LaSalle University
  • Lehigh University
  • Marywood University
  • Misericordia University
  • Moore College of Art and Design
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Neumann College
  • Peirce College
  • Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Philadelphia Biblical University
  • Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science)
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Seton Hill University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Thiel College
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Scranton
  • University of the Arts
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
  • Valley Forge Christian College
  • Villanova University
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University
    Graduate institutions

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Salus University (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry)
  • Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry
  • United States Army War College
  • Westminster Theological Seminary
  • State institutions
    Two-year community colleges and technical schools

  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Community College of Beaver County
  • Bucks County Community College
  • Butler County Community College
  • Delaware County Community College
  • HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Luzerne County Community College
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
  • Reading Area Community College
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Westmoreland County Community College
  • State-owned colleges and universities

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • EdinborUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • State-related colleges and universities
    Lincoln University

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Penn State Abington
  • Penn State Altoona
  • Penn State Beaver
  • Penn State Berks
  • Penn State Brandywine
  • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center
  • Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Dickinson School of Law
  • Penn State DuBois
  • Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus
  • Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies
  • Penn State Greater Allegheny
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Penn State Hazleton
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley
  • Penn State Mont Alto
  • Penn State New Kensington
  • Penn State Schuylkill
  • Penn State Shenango
  • Penn State Wilkes-Barre
  • Penn State Worthington Scranton
  • Penn State York
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
  • Temple University
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