Pennsylvania’s Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

For prospective college students looking for schools that align with their Christian faith and demonstrate academic excellence, here are the best Christian colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania

Prospective students hoping to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree have over 100 higher learning institutions to choose from. The largest public university is Pennsylvania State University, or Penn State, with a tuition of $18,000, and a student population of over 95,000 across its campuses. As a private institution, the University of Pennsylvania, or simply Penn, is known for its medical, nursing, social work, and business fields. Tuition is $56,000, and the school boasts a 95% graduation rate.

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Students can also attend one of the more than 60 religiously affiliated schools, such as Villanova University or Lafayette College, each with a tuition of about $53,000. Some of the most affordable colleges in the state include the Curtis Institute of Music and the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, with tuitions set at $3,000 and $9,000, respectively. Though the average tuition for college in Pennsylvania comes in above the national average, those who practice medicine in underserved areas may qualify for up to $100,000 in loan forgiveness through the Pennsylvania Primary Care Loan Repayment Program.

As the nation’s second state, Pennsylvania’s history runs deep. It’s here where Betsy Ross made the first American flag and where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Keystone State is also home to some culinary delights, including whoopie pies, soft pretzels, and the famous Philly cheesesteak. Students looking to earn their degree in Pennsylvania will undoubtedly enjoy what the state has to offer.

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What are Pennsylvania’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Pennsylvania's best Christian colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.


There are 45 Christian colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, 40 of which meet our criteria. The 25 best Christian schools below consist entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees and the following four conditions:

  1. It must self-identify as Christian.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 50%.

25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania

  1. Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/23

    What is Saint Francis University known for?

    Saint Francis University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
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  2. #3

    Elizabethtown College

    Elizabethtown , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/24

    What is Elizabethtown College known for?

    Elizabethtown College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Biology
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  3. #4

    Villanova University

    Villanova , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    31%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1395/32

    What is Villanova University known for?

    Villanova University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Law
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Literature

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  4. #5

    Lafayette College

    Easton , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    36%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1345/30

    What is Lafayette College known for?

    Lafayette College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Computer Science
    • Physics

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  5. #6

    Allegheny College

    Meadville , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1265/27

    What is Allegheny College known for?

    Allegheny College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Communications
    • History
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
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  6. #7

    Susquehanna University

    Selinsgrove , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Susquehanna University known for?

    Susquehanna University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Law
    • Political Science
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  7. #8

    University of Scranton

    Scranton , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/26

    What is University of Scranton known for?

    University of Scranton’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Psychology
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  8. #9

    Duquesne University

    Pittsburgh , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/25

    What is Duquesne University known for?

    Duquesne University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Law
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Biology

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  9. #10

    La Salle University

    Philadelphia , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    What is La Salle University known for?

    La Salle University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Mathematics

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  10. #11

    Grove City College

    Grove City , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1257/26

    What is Grove City College known for?

    Grove City College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
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  11. #12

    Arcadia University

    Glenside , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    What is Arcadia University known for?

    Arcadia University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
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  12. #13

    Eastern University

    Saint Davids , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    What is Eastern University known for?

    Eastern University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

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  13. #14

    Saint Joseph's University

    Philadelphia , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    What is Saint Joseph's University known for?

    Saint Joseph's University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
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  14. #15

    Muhlenberg College

    Allentown , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1245/28

    What is Muhlenberg College known for?

    Muhlenberg College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Business
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  15. Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    What is Misericordia University known for?

    Misericordia University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Business
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  16. #17

    Lycoming College

    Williamsport , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/21

    What is Lycoming College known for?

    Lycoming College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Anthropology
    • Physics
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  17. #18

    Albright College

    Reading , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Albright College known for?

    Albright College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
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  18. #19

    Carlow University

    Pittsburgh , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1066/21

    What is Carlow University known for?

    Carlow University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  19. #20

    Seton Hill University

    Greensburg , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Seton Hill University known for?

    Seton Hill University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Business
    • Biology
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
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  20. #21

    Gannon University

    Erie , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/22

    What is Gannon University known for?

    Gannon University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  21. #22

    Saint Vincent College

    Latrobe , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/23

    What is Saint Vincent College known for?

    Saint Vincent College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Philosophy
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  22. #23

    Lebanon Valley College

    Annville , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    What is Lebanon Valley College known for?

    Lebanon Valley College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  23. #24

    King's College

    Wilkes-Barre , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    What is King's College known for?

    King's College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • History
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  24. #25

    DeSales University

    Center Valley , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    What is DeSales University known for?

    DeSales University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Nursing
    • Law
    • History
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