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Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
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State-Owned Universities



The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE is comprised of 14 universities that are publicly owned and governed by the commonwealth:


The (PASSHE) universities first originated as state normal schools and teacher colleges in Pennsylvania.  The Normal School Act of 1857 established teacher-training institutions throughout Pennsylvania. The School Code of 1911 called for the state purchase of all normal schools, and by 1921, the present configuration of the 14 state-owned institutions was established.

Over time, the schools evolved from state normal schools to state teacher colleges to state colleges. On November 12, 1982, Act 188 was signed into law establishing the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on July 1, 1983, including the 13 former state colleges and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Related Resources

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education    

Dixon University Center 

For additional information, please contact:

Division of Higher & Career Education |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street. 12th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.8228 | Fax: 717.772.3622
ra-pls@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us