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Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)
Type Public University System
Established July 1, 1983
Chancellor Dr. John C. Cavanaugh
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Peter Garland
Academic staff
5,500 [1]
Students 110,428
Location , ,
Campus 14 campuses
Affiliations NCAA D-II; PSAC Keystone Library Network

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is the second largest provider of higher education in Pennsylvania after the Commonwealth system and a large public university system in the United States. It is the tenth-largest university system in the United States and 43rd largest in the world. The system is made up of 14 state-owned schools, all of which are NCAA Division II members.


The Normal School Act of 1857 was passed on the last day of session on 20 May 1857. Its passage created 12 school districts. Afterward, the School Code of 1911 mandated that Pennsylvania purchase all the schools. The "normal" schools evolved from state normal schools, to state teacher's colleges, to state colleges. Act 188, which was signed into law on November 12, 1982 and came into effect on July 1, 1983, established the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and converted those state colleges into universities.

Universities and locations

The system is made up of the following 14 universities in Pennsylvania:


  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • California University of Pennsylvania, Cal U
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, IUP
  • 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


  • Dixon University Center
  • McKeever Environmental Learning Center

Related Organizations

  • Keystone Library Network
  • Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

PASSHE universities also operate four branch campuses. The Office of the Chancellor is situated in the capital city of Harrisburg at the Dixon University Center.

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