Best Pennsylvania Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania for 2020

There are 187 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania enrolling 666,304 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Pennsylvania below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

Pennsylvania is home to nationally ranked institutions like University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Lehigh University. The highest ranked college in Pennsylvania is University of Pennsylvania and the top rated public state college is Penn State Main Campus.

Local college options can be explored in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or other cities.

187 results found

List of the Best Pennsylvania Colleges

University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 25,860enrollment
  • $24,539net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
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Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,310enrollment
  • $23,582net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,559enrollment
  • $20,444net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1550SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 6,849enrollment
  • $26,933net price
  • 22%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
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Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 14,029enrollment
  • $29,817net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA
Lafayette College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,642enrollment
  • $26,148net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 3,668enrollment
  • $37,817net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA
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Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 11,030enrollment
  • $35,491net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1470SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
Muhlenberg College
M
Allentown, PA
Muhlenberg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,340enrollment
  • $37,029net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1360SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
University of the Sciences
t
Philadelphia, PA
University of the Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,231enrollment
  • $33,444net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
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Penn State Main Campus
P
University Park, PA
Penn State Main Campus

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 46,810enrollment
  • $25,346net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1360SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
P
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 28,673enrollment
  • $22,848net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1430SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA
Drexel University
D
Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 24,634enrollment
  • $40,977net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1380SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
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Saint Joseph's University
S
Philadelphia, PA
Saint Joseph's University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,589enrollment
  • $35,290net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1290SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA
Allegheny College
A
Meadville, PA
Allegheny College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,771enrollment
  • $25,415net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1340SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
Ursinus College
U
Collegeville, PA
Ursinus College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,435enrollment
  • $31,812net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.65*Avg GPA
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Elizabethtown College
E
Elizabethtown, PA
 
Elizabethtown College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,687enrollment
  • $28,361net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1290SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.5*Avg GPA
Duquesne University
D
Pittsburgh, PA
Duquesne University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 9,274enrollment
  • $30,540net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1290SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA