Pennsylvania is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States bordering Delaware to the Southeast, Maryland to the South, West Virginia to the Southwest and New York to the North. It is home to the famous ketchup company H J Heinz headquarters apart from being home to seven other Fortune 500 companies headquarters. It is the 33rd most extensive, the 6th most populous and 9th most densely populated state in the US.
Due to its diverse topography, Pennsylvania has a varied climate. The majority of the state has humid continental climate except the Southeastern corner. Greater Philadelphia on the other hand has humid subtropical climate.
If Pennsylvania were an independent country, its economy would rank as the 18th largest in the world. Its GDP in 2013 is $ 575,600 (in millions).
As many as 50 Fortune 500 companies are in the state.The largest private employer in Pennsylvania is Walmart, followed by the University of Pennsylvania. Other industries include banking, agriculture, film production, government sector, gambling.
There are 15 publicly funded two-year community colleges and technical schools and many private two- and four-year technical schools, colleges and universities.
Carnegie Mellon University, The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburg are members of the Association of American Universities, an invitation only organization of leading research universities. The Pennsylvania State University is the State’s Land-grand University and part of the Ivy League School.
The top universities/colleges of Pennsylvania State are:
|University/College||US News and World Report Rank||Tuition Fee|
|University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia||National Universities #7||$45,890|
|Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg||National Universities #23||$46,962|
|Penn State University, University Park||National Universities #37||$29,566|
|Lehigh University, Bethlehem||National Universities #41||$43,520|
|University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg||National Universities #62||$27,106|
|Drexel University, Philadelphia,||National Universities #97||$37,505|
|Temple University, Philadelphia||National Universities #121||$24,710|
|Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana||National Universities #177||$19,014|
|Chatham University, Pittsburg||Regional Universities #48||$32,454|
|Swarthmore College, Swarthmore||National Liberal Arts Colleges #3||$44,718|
In 2012, University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering majors earned an average salary of $66,229 compared to the national average of $60,639. Graduates in computer related majors at Penn averaged $80,118 compared to the national average of $60,038 for graduates with computer related degrees.The average entry-level salary for the class of 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University was $71,245. Students who recently graduated from Carnegie’s School of Computer Science are making an average salary of $84,400.