College Profile: Penn Foster

Penn Foster College

When you think of distance learning, maybe you associate that with online colleges or correspondence courses. Nobody really thinks about correspondence courses today. However, Penn Foster is one of the leaders in distance learning ranging from college courses, career schools and high school.

Penn Foster is one of the first correspondence schools (ICS), founded in 1890. Civil War veteran Thomas J. Foster began Penn Foster as a way to educate coal miners and help them improve their safety and engineering skills via mail. Think about the length of time that Penn Foster has been perfecting the art of distance learning, more than a hundred years of experience.


Penn Foster first received accreditation in 1956. Since then, Penn Foster has received accreditations from the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association (MSA/CESS) for non-degree post-secondary programs; the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC); and the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Additionally, Penn Foster is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. Penn Foster holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).


Penn Foster’s academic programs include diploma programs, certificates offering licensing programs, and certificate recognition programs.

Penn Foster’s bachelor degree programs include Business Management and Criminal Justice. Penn Foster’s associate degree programs include 23 choices ranging from Accounting to Veterinary Technician. The variety in the associate degree programs make Penn Foster a good choice for an associate’s degree.

Penn Foster’s undergraduate certificate programs include accounting, CDA Credential Preparation, Business Management, Foundation Skills for Technology, General Studies, Graphic Design, and Human Resources. Individual college courses at Penn Foster include subjects such as art appreciation, business and technical writing, computer applications, financial accounting, math for business and finance, and principles of management, to name a few.

Additionally, Penn Foster has many programs where veterans qualify for education benefits. Veterans and reservists who think they may qualify should check with their local VA office.

Career Services

In conjunction with Career Cruising, Penn Foster offers job services. More than a job search platform, Career Cruising allows the student to explore different careers through testing and assessments to match students with careers. Penn Foster’s relationship with Career Cruising provides resources for the student to develop resumes, portfolios, and interview tips. Additionally, Career Cruising’s job boards provide nationwide opportunities for Penn Foster students to search for their perfect job.

High School Program

Penn Foster is an excellent choice for the distance learner to earn a high school diploma. More than 60,000 students choose Penn Foster each year for their high school diploma program. The flexibility and affordability make Penn Foster’s high school program accessible to those who need the option of distance learning. Even if you only need a few credits for your high school diploma, Penn Foster is a great resource.

Penn Foster’s 24/7 access make the high school diploma accessible for student athletes or anyone who is unable to enroll in a traditional local school environment. Many home schoolers utilize Penn Foster for distance learning.

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