Best Colleges in Pennsylvania 2022

Best Colleges in Pennsylvania 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Pennsylvania based on the academic achievements of faculty and alumni associated with the schools. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

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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We’ve identified 97 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that meet our criteria. This list of the top 30 colleges in Pennsylvania below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

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Best Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania 2022

  1. #1

    University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia , PA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $62K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1505/34

  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    17%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

  3. #4

    Temple University

    Philadelphia , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    33K

    Temple University’s Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Accounting
    • Business Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Consumer Insights
    • Digital Marketing
    • Retailing and Sales Force Effectiveness
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Liberal Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Social Work
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #5

    Swarthmore College

    Swarthmore , PA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    9%

    Graduation

    97%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1460/33

  5. #7

    Drexel University

    Philadelphia , PA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/28

    Drexel University’s Online Degrees

    BS Computing and Security Technology
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Marketing
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Education
    Degree Concentrations
    • Elementary Education
    • Special Education
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Communication
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Dance
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Behavioral Health Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Criminology and Justice Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS General Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Behavioral Health Counseling
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Health Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #8

    Haverford College

    Haverford , PA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    18%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1460/33

  7. #9

    Villanova University

    Villanova , PA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    31%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1395/32

    Villanova University’s Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Organizational Development And Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA General Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Public Service And Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #11

    Duquesne University

    Pittsburgh , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/25

    Duquesne University’s Online Degrees

    BS Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #12

    Thomas Jefferson University

    Philadelphia , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Thomas Jefferson University’s Online Degrees

    BS Behavioral and Health Services
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Health Services Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Health Studies
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Business Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS Human Resource Management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #22

    Widener University

    Chester , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $50K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/22

  11. #23

    Saint Joseph's University

    Philadelphia , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Saint Joseph's University’s Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Bachelor of Organization Development and Leadership
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #27

    Elizabethtown College

    Elizabethtown , PA

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/24

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Swarthmore College
  2. Carnegie Mellon University
  3. University of Pennsylvania
  4. Bryn Mawr College
  5. Haverford College
  6. University of Pittsburgh
  7. Westminster College, Pennsylvania
  8. Lehigh University
  9. Bucknell University
  10. Wilkes University
  11. Dickinson College
  12. Drexel University
  13. Franklin & Marshall College
  14. Pennsylvania State University
  15. Saint Francis University
  16. Elizabethtown College
  17. Villanova University
  18. Lafayette College
  19. Thomas Jefferson University
  20. Temple University
  21. Allegheny College
  22. Washington & Jefferson College
  23. Ursinus College
  24. Susquehanna University
  25. Gettysburg College