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Why Thaddeus Stevens College

Come to a place where you can be in high demand.

Here at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, you’ll experience:

  • Faculty with direct industry experience—you’ll learn from people who have lived this career, and they’ll better equip you because of it.
  • Staff and faculty who care not just about getting through the day or the class, but about seeing you thrive – both in college and after you graduate.
  • This is hands-on, practical learning. You won’t be sitting at a desk all day. It’s collaboration, skill building, and applied sciences in action.
  • A path to meaningful work. Our students aren’t just passing time, they’re making an impact.
  • Direct connections to the workforce. You’ll find hiring employers in lab spaces eager to engage with students and starting hiring conversations as early as your first semester on campus. In 2023, there were 21 job opportunities available for each of our graduates.
  • Career pipelines with good pay. The median starting salary for our graduates is $47,500.
  • Activities to bring your community to life. Whether through intramurals, athletic games, or our dozens of student clubs and events, you’ll find others to share the experience with.
  • Options for commuters and living on-campus. Not every two-year college offers on-campus housing, but we have several residence halls with enough room for about half of our student population to live in. And we offer shuttle services regularly between our five college locations, all within a few minutes drive of each other.

Programs we offer

You’ll find 24 associate degree programs, four certificate programs, and several six-week and six-month short-term training programs available to enroll in. Each can lead to a thriving career where you can do meaningful work, collaborating with others while making wages that can help you succeed. Not to mention most of our graduates find they can advance in their career path faster because of their education at Thaddeus Stevens College.

Students in the Diesel Technology program lab space.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition cost at Thaddeus Stevens College is $4,500 each semester. See more details regarding other costs.

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Our College has residence life hall rooms available for about half of our students each semester. Explore the rooms and halls.

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Term Dates

The first date of the Fall 2024 semester is August 19, 2024. For a full calendar, visit our calendar page.


From recreational to competitive intercollegiate programs, athletics at Thaddeus Stevens College provides personal growth, develops leadership skills, and emphasizes teamwork. Our NJCAA programs can also provide a pathway to NCAA Division I and II programs for talented athletes. Our students compete in basketball, cross country (men and women), football, track and field (men and women), and wrestling. The College has competed at the national level in several sports, including track and field, wrestling, and cross country, placing in the Top 5 for individual national champions and being the 4th place team overall in the NJCAA national tournament for track and field.

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Student Activities

Our College boasts a variety of student activities for many interests, and our clubs and organizations regularly plan events any student can participate in, including service projects.


Jones Dining Hall provides three meals a day on weekdays, an afternoon snack, and brunch on the weekends. Dinner is also available on Saturday night. Students can also get food from our Campus Grill on the Main Campus or the Café at the Griscom Education Center. A food pantry is also available on campus for those who may not have access to food.

Student Support

The College provides many supports for students, including academic tutoring, accessibility accommodations, mental and physical health expertise, a clothing closet for professional clothing access, and help to find an internship and/or job, among other services.

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Fast Facts

Get into the details:

  • Just a few blocks from Downtown Lancaster
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • 71 miles west of Philadelphia
  • 38 miles east of Harrisburg
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • 5 locations all within a few minute’s drive of each other
  • 20 buildings
  • Located at the eastern edge of the city of Lancaster
  • 6 residence halls, a dining hall, new and expanded technical laboratory facilities, and our Learning Resource Center
  • Multipurpose Activity Center with 3 NCAA-sized basketball courts, a large fitness center, racquetball courts, an indoor track, and an athletic field with an outdoor track
  • Find tuition & room/board costs on the Tuition & Fees page
  • More than 90 percent of students attending receive financial aid.
  • 97% placement rate overall for the class of 2022.
  • 21 jobs on average are available per graduate for the class of 2023.
  • Co-ed
  • Approximately 1,400 students
  • The College only admits Pennsylvania residents with the exception of veterans and military members who might not be Pennsylvania residents.
  • The academic year begins in late August and ends in early May
  • The semesters consist of 16 weeks of instruction