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York College

York College of Pennsylvania is a private, coeducational, 4-year college located in southcentral Pennsylvania that offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences, and humanities to its 4,600 full-time undergraduate students. York also offers master's programs in business, education, and nursing, along with a doctoral program in nursing practice.


1125 E 8th St


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College History


York College of Pennsylvania traces its institutional lineage to the York County Academy, a school opened in the 1770s in downtown York, Pennsylvania that was connected to St. John's Episcopal Church, which was led by Rev. John Andrews, D.D. In 1787, the school received its charter from the General Assembly of Pennsylvania and was incorporated as the York County Academy. The Academy held a close connection with St. John's Church in York from that time until 1799. Thaddeus Stevens taught at the academy in 1815-1816, prior to establishing his law practice and serving as a U.S. congressman. York College also traces its roots to a second institution, the York Collegiate Institute (YCI), which was founded around 1872. The building that housed the Institute, located on the corner of College Avenue and Duke Street, was destroyed by fire in December 1885. A new four-story building designed by architects John A. Dempwolf and Reinhardt Dempwolf was completed at the same location in late 1886. The building was demolished in 1969 after being sold. In 1929, the York County Academy and YCI entered into a teaching agreement, then in 1941 merged to become York Junior College. Under its new charter, the combined institution shifted its focus from elementary and secondary education to post-secondary education. At this point, the school began to outgrow its campus, forcing a move outside of downtown York. In 1965, the current campus, located in Spring Garden Township, was dedicated. The former occupier of these lands was the Outdoor Country Club and golf course, which moved north of the City after selling its property. The campus is located about 100 miles west of Philadelphia and 52 miles north of Baltimore. By 1968, York College established an accredited four-year bachelor's degree program, and officially became York College of Pennsylvania. In 1975, York College absorbed York Country Day School (YCDS), thereby expanding its mission to again encompass K-12 education. YCDS was founded in 1953 by former YCI faculty after YCI phased out the elementary and secondary programs. Today the College sits near the historic center of York City, with some of its residence halls located in the city, which is known as the first national capital of the United States of America and the birthplace of the Articles of Confederation. A center of affordable academic excellence, York is dedicated to the intellectual, professional and social growth of its students. The College helps them develop a concrete plan to attain academic growth and career success, encourages them to try in the �real world� what they learn in the classroom, and prepares them to be professionals in whatever career they pursue. York's students hail from 31 states and 34 countries. with many coming from the Mid-Atlantic region.

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To make available, at the baccalaureate and associate degree levels, high-quality academic programs, which include general education components appropriate for the program�s degree level and which cover a broad range of majors in professional and career fields as well as the arts and sciences To offer carefully selected master�s, doctoral, and other graduate degree programs, which reflect the enrollment emphases of the undergraduate curriculum and the professional development needs of the region To create a teaching and learning environment characterized by individual attention to students, high-quality classroom instruction, thoughtful application of relevant technology, encouragement of lifelong learning, attention to critical thinking skills, and strict adherence to principles of academic honesty To provide York College�s educational programs with a superior degree of efficiency, in order to maintain the lowest feasible costs for students To attract applications from students from a variety of social, economic, and geographic backgrounds, playing a special role in addressing the higher education aspirations of the people of York County To enroll principally students whose academic preparation places them in the broad middle to above-average range of applicants for their intended degree programs, while remaining open to accepting some students who have demonstrated the capacity and motivation to succeed, even though they have not yet fully achieved their academic potential To provide educational opportunities for traditional-age, adult, full-time, and part-time students To facilitate the holistic development of students who devote full-time to their collegiate experience through their active participation in campus life To build and sustain a stimulating campus community that engages student interest and involvement in cultural, spiritual, sports, and recreational programs;To provide appropriate enrichment activities for part-time and adult learners To place at the service of the community to the extent feasible the College�s human and cultural resources and educational facilities



Suburban 190 acres (77 ha)