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York College-Pennsylvania

York College is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Developing Crime Prevention Tools at York

In Appell Hall, the School of Behavioral Sciences & Education confers the Criminal Justice A.S. for York College undergrads seeking initial two-year training that introduces the judicial system processes to apprehend offenders. Overseen by Dr. Stacey Dammann, the 60-credit major builds atop general education with courses like Juvenile Delinquency, Human Communication, and Policing in America at a 15:1 learner-faculty ratio. Study transfers into York's Criminal Justice B.S. to sharpen critical inquiry skills for legal investigations. Directed by Dr. Amie Scheidegger, this 122-credit sequence provides valuable electives from Physical Security and Asset Protection to Corrections and Conflict Analysis. Majors with 2.5 GPAs or better qualify for 15-week internship assignments, such as Atkins House, West York Borough Police, PA Game Commission, Harper Law Office, Hershey Park Safety, and Hanover Hospital. Other opportunities include minoring in Criminalistics, volunteering at the NSVRC, joining the Pre-Law Society, pledging Phi Sigma Pi, running for Student Senate, traveling to Kenya, and attending ChangeCon.

About York College

York College traces back to 1787 when Episcopalian Rev. John Andrews of St. Thomas Church founded York County Academy with 21 trustees to teach German immigrants the classics. In 1873, Samuel and Isabel Cassat Small opened the York Collegiate Institute on Duke Street. During the Great Depression, these two predecessors merged to form York Junior College for two-year associate degrees. By 1965, the current 190-acre Spring Garden Township campus 52 miles north of Baltimore was dedicated. Three years later, York College got a Commonwealth charter to launch Bachelor of Science education. Visited by President Gerald Ford in 1979, York finally adopted today's five-school structure in Fall 2018. Endowed for $148 million, York College now delivers private, project-based learning to 5,564 Spartans, including Criminal Justice majors, with 100+ clubs. Linked to 22,865 LinkedIn alumni, York connects with notable graduates like David Kessler, Seth Grove, Kevin Schreiber, Kathy Clark, and others.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked York the 93rd best Northern college, 52nd best for vets campus, and 58th top regional value. On Niche, York boasts America's 220th best criminal justice program, 387th best Greek life, 417th most affordable tuition, and 570th hardest academics. The Princeton Review included York on its 225 "Best Northeastern Colleges" list for 2019. WalletHub noticed York College for the 223rd best campus experience and 260th top career outcomes. Times Higher Education placed York within the top 600 overall. College Factual crowned York the nation's 142nd best criminal justice school with the 233rd highest paid grads. PayScale recorded the 548th biggest mid-career median wage of $92,600 for York alums. The "College of Distinction" stands within Forbes' 23rd safest city based on crime data. York College also landed 155th countrywide on CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index.

York College Accreditation Details

On July 10, 2017, York College had its accreditation warning from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) lifted for complying with the 14 "Characteristics of Excellence" again to ensure Federal Title-IV eligibility through 2024 under its fourth president, Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith, an AFRRI Director's Award for Distinguished Service Award recipient. Headquartered two hours east via Interstate 76 in Philadelphia, this elite six-state New York Metro accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to check the academic astuteness of York's five associate, 68 baccalaureates, 11 master's, and two doctoral options. York College also belongs to the Pennsylvania Association of Administration of Justice Education (PAAJE) and Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA).

York College Application Requirements

Enrolling at York College is classified "moderately difficult" by Peterson's because 3,637 of the 5,209 Fall 2017 applicants were okayed for selective 69 percent acceptance. First-year Spartans in the Criminal Justice A.S. and B.S. programs must graduate from a licensed high school or finish the GED. Curriculum prerequisites include four units in English, three units in Social Studies, and three units in Math. Admitted freshmen generally rank in the top 30 percentile with a median 3.52 GPA. On average, undergrads present a 1120 SAT or 23 ACT score. According to AACRAO guidelines, York College only transfers previous credits graded "C" or higher. Criminal Justice transfers can apply 12-75 credits from other accredited colleges with cumulative GPAs over 2.0. Many articulation agreements, such as Millersville, Temple, Adelphi, and Frostburg State, exist. International learners from 40+ nations also need a minimum 6.5 IELTS or 79 TOEFL iBT score.

York College set an Early Decision deadline on November 1st, but freshman admission is rolling thereafter. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Roll member accepts Criminal Justice B.S. transfers until August 15th for Fall and December 15th for Spring starts. Preferred foreign deadlines are currently May 1st and September 1st respectively. First-time entrants create online accounts to submit the YCP Application for free. Supplemental items include the SAT/ACT score, medical record form, two recommendations, personal essay, English proficiency test, and college registrar letter. Official transcripts must be furnished to 441 Country Club Road in York, PA 17403. Please inquire further at (717) 849-1600 or

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, York College is billing full-time Criminal Justice B.S. majors $9,090 each term or $18,180 annually. Part-time undergrad study incurs $555 per credit. Summer sessions are discounted to $540 per credit. Budgets include the $1,760 general fee and $160 student activity fee yearly. Living at the Susquehanna Valley campus' dorms like Curry House or Manor Hall adds $6,300 for double rooms. The 225 Block Meal Plan for Johnson Dining Hall costs $4,870. York suggests leaving $1,200 for books and $2,000 for personal allowances. Annual attendance equals $34,500 on-site and $23,130 with family. Maximum degree totals are $69,000 for A.S. and $138,000 for B.S. in Criminal Justice students.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Financial Aid in Miller Hall disburses $27.54 million yearly in an average amount of $7,471 to 86 percent of full-time York Spartans. Institutional funds include the Eisenhart Community Scholarship, Doris & Bernard Gordon Scholarship, Graham Innovation Scholarship, Sanjay Parekh International Merit Scholarship, James L. Mohatt Scholarship, Vincent Risley Scholarship, Transfer Merit Scholarship, and Alumni Scholarship. York College partners with Raise.Me to accumulate up to $6,500 in micro-scholarships after eighth grade. Logging into the Career Services Management System shows Work-Study jobs paying at least $7.25/hour. Filing the FAFSA form coded 003399 by June 30th unlocks Federal Pell, SEOG, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant money. Undergrads borrow $3,500 to $7,500 yearly from the Federal Direct Loan Program. Pennsylvanians could claim the PHEAA State Grant, Chafee Training Grant, and Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant. York College also remits 100 percent of 124 bachelor's credits for dependents of full-time employees.

Learn more about York College at the School of Behavioral Sciences & Education website.