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?

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.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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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. #1

    Westminster College

    #2462 institution's historical influence
    #350 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1077/22

    New Wilmington, PA

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    What is Westminster College known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Business
    • History
    • Communications
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Saint Francis University

    #1869 institution's historical influence
    #1108 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/23

    Loretto, PA

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    What is Saint Francis University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Religious Studies
    • Chemistry

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  3. #3

    Elizabethtown College

    #1508 institution's historical influence
    #713 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/24

    Elizabethtown, PA

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    What is Elizabethtown College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Villanova University

    #451 institution's historical influence
    #198 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    31%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1395/32

    Villanova, PA

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    What is Villanova University known for?

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

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

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  5. #5

    Lafayette College

    #548 institution's historical influence
    #112 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    36%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1345/30

    Easton, PA

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    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
    • Economics
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Allegheny College

    #807 institution's historical influence
    #283 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1265/27

    Meadville, PA

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    What is Allegheny College known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Communications
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Engineering

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  7. #7

    Susquehanna University

    #2333 institution's historical influence
    #347 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    2K

    Selinsgrove, PA

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    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
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
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  8. #8

    University of Scranton

    #1260 institution's historical influence
    #567 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/26

    Scranton, PA

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    What is University of Scranton known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Business
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  9. #9

    Duquesne University

    #550 institution's historical influence
    #1080 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/25

    Pittsburgh, PA

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    What is Duquesne University known for?

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

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

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  10. #10

    La Salle University

    #1219 institution's historical influence
    #361 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    5K

    Philadelphia, PA

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    What is La Salle University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Grove City College

    #1673 institution's historical influence
    #988 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1257/26

    Grove City, PA

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    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
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Arcadia University

    #2081 institution's historical influence
    #812 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    Glenside, PA

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    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
    • Communications
    • Law
    • Psychology
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  13. #13

    Eastern University

    #2137 institution's historical influence
    #1415 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Saint Davids, PA

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    What is Eastern University known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Anthropology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  14. #14

    Saint Joseph's University

    #1166 institution's historical influence
    #266 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Philadelphia, PA

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    What is Saint Joseph's University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

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  15. #15

    Muhlenberg College

    #970 institution's historical influence
    #1247 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1245/28

    Allentown, PA

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    What is Muhlenberg College known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #16

    Misericordia University

    #4174 institution's historical influence
    #1180 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    Dallas, PA

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    What is Misericordia University known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Social Work
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #17

    Lycoming College

    #3025 institution's historical influence
    #935 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/21

    Williamsport, PA

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    What is Lycoming College known for?

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

    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Anthropology
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #18

    Albright College

    #3589 institution's historical influence
    #289 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    Reading, PA

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    What is Albright College known for?

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

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

    Carlow University

    #2375 institution's historical influence
    #811 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1066/21

    Pittsburgh, PA

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    What is Carlow University known for?

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

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

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  20. #20

    Seton Hill University

    #3069 institution's historical influence
    #772 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    2K

    Greensburg, PA

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    What is Seton Hill University known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Business
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. #21

    Gannon University

    #1768 institution's historical influence
    #301 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/22

    Erie, PA

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    What is Gannon University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. #22

    Saint Vincent College

    #2749 institution's historical influence
    #1405 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/23

    Latrobe, PA

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    What is Saint Vincent College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

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  23. #23

    Lebanon Valley College

    #3473 institution's historical influence
    #631 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    Annville, PA

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    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
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  24. #24

    King's College

    #4472 institution's historical influence
    #408 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Wilkes-Barre, PA

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    What is King's College known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

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  25. #25

    DeSales University

    #2503 institution's historical influence
    #484 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/25

    Center Valley, PA

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    What is DeSales University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

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