Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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Watch your university prospects rise with the sun each day

You can find "the sweetest place on Earth" right here in Pennsylvania. But, you'll need more than its famous Hershey Chocolate to get your college degree. If you're looking for top-ranked liberal arts colleges, a more-than-impressive public university system or a private university, come on over to Pennsylvania. You'll have 234 colleges and universities to choose from. Those who come to the Keystone State enjoy a wide variety of majors, with the arts and sciences taking the top spots. Graduates go on to start careers at successful companies, like 21st Century Media, EB Games, Kappa Publishing Group and many more.

On the weekends, students can explore the Pocono Mountains, Dutch country roads, and plenty of American history in Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Anything in Philly is great, but it's always good to step off the beaten path from time to time. Start with Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, with their Beer Menu Bible. of course, be sure to develop your own cheesesteak addiction by hanging out at Pat's, Geno's or Jim's. Go hoarse cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles or the 76ers, or get lost in a chocolate dream at Hershey Park. Pennsylvania is ready to welcome anyone looking to revolutionize the way they see the world while getting a great education at the same time.

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Best Four Year Universities in Pennsylvania

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania offers 501 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 9,954 students graduated with students earning 4,804 Master's degrees, 3,673 Bachelor's degrees, 1,357 Doctoral degrees, 119 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

Based on 56 Reviews
2 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University offers 408 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 5,080 students graduated with students earning 2,906 Master's degrees, 1,781 Bachelor's degrees, 345 Doctoral degrees, and 48 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
3 Lafayette College Easton, PA

Lafayette College offers 82 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 793 students graduated with students earning 793 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
4 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University offers 264 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 2,208 students graduated with students earning 1,454 Bachelor's degrees, 644 Master's degrees, and 110 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
5 Villanova University Villanova, PA

Villanova University offers 206 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,780 students graduated with students earning 2,197 Bachelor's degrees, 1,217 Master's degrees, 242 Doctoral degrees, 123 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University offers 133 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,249 students graduated with students earning 1,224 Bachelor's degrees, and 25 Master's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
7 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus offers 484 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 11,050 students graduated with students earning 5,717 Bachelor's degrees, 2,576 Master's degrees, 1,519 Certificates degrees, and 1,238 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 72 Reviews
8 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 429 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 14,571 students graduated with students earning 12,074 Bachelor's degrees, 1,440 Master's degrees, 826 Doctoral degrees, 211 Certificates degrees, and 20 Associate's degrees.

Based on 132 Reviews
9 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College offers 196 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 531 students graduated with students earning 531 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
10 Haverford College Haverford, PA

Haverford College offers 73 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 328 students graduated with students earning 328 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Pennsylvania

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Lancaster, PA

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology offers 24 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small city. In 2015, 336 students graduated with students earning 313 Associate's degrees, and 23 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 Manor College Jenkintown, PA

Manor College offers 22 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 159 students graduated with students earning 149 Associate's degrees, and 10 Certificates degrees.

3 Delaware County Community College Media, PA

Delaware County Community College offers 111 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,743 students graduated with students earning 1,478 Associate's degrees, and 265 Certificates degrees.

4 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA

Northampton County Area Community College offers 100 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,888 students graduated with students earning 1,351 Associate's degrees, and 537 Certificates degrees.

5 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA

Montgomery County Community College offers 92 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,616 students graduated with students earning 1,338 Associate's degrees, and 278 Certificates degrees.

6 Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg offers 201 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,601 students graduated with students earning 2,044 Associate's degrees, and 557 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA

Community College of Allegheny County offers 204 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 2,907 students graduated with students earning 2,117 Associate's degrees, and 790 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
8 Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA

Community College of Philadelphia offers 100 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 2,490 students graduated with students earning 1,977 Associate's degrees, and 513 Certificates degrees.

9 Westmoreland County Community College Youngwood, PA

Westmoreland County Community College offers 129 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 990 students graduated with students earning 608 Associate's degrees, and 382 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, PA

Luzerne County Community College offers 131 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 950 students graduated with students earning 852 Associate's degrees, and 98 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
5/5
12 : 1 24,876
Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
5/5
11 : 1 12,963
Lafayette College Lafayette College Easton, PA
5/5
11 : 1 2,533
Lehigh University Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
5/5
13 : 1 7,054
Villanova University Villanova University Villanova, PA
5/5
14 : 1 10,711
Bucknell University Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
5/5
9 : 1 3,625
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
4/5
7 : 1 28,649
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus University Park, PA
4/5
16 : 1 47,307
Swarthmore College Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
5/5
8 : 1 1,581
Haverford College Haverford College Haverford, PA
5/5
9 : 1 1,233
University of Scranton University of Scranton Scranton, PA
5/5
16 : 1 5,422
Drexel University Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
5/5
14 : 1 25,595
Temple University Temple University Philadelphia, PA
4/5
15 : 1 38,007
Duquesne University Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
5/5
15 : 1 9,404
University of the Sciences University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
5/5
11 : 1 2,664
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
3/5
22 : 1 16,597
Widener University-Main Campus Widener University-Main Campus Chester, PA
5/5
15 : 1 5,303
Arcadia University Arcadia University Glenside, PA
5/5
14 : 1 3,984
La Salle University La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
5/5
17 : 1 5,683
Messiah College Messiah College Mechanicsburg, PA
5/5
14 : 1 3,302
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
5/5
10 : 1 1,692
Robert Morris University Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
5/5
18 : 1 5,377
Saint Francis University Saint Francis University Loretto, PA
5/5
16 : 1 2,664
Misericordia University Misericordia University Dallas, PA
5/5
16 : 1 2,963
Philadelphia University Philadelphia University Philadelphia, PA
5/5
16 : 1 3,670

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