Best Pennsylvania Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania for 2021

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, Swarthmore College, Haverford College and Lehigh University. The highest ranked college in Pennsylvania is University of Pennsylvania and the top rated public state college is University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus.

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


187 results

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
  • $24,771net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,559enrollment
  • $19,759net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1540SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,310enrollment
  • $22,837net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.9*Avg GPA
Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 6,849enrollment
  • $26,631net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81*Avg GPA
Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 14,029enrollment
  • $30,618net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1560SAT 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
  • $26,810net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 3,668enrollment
  • $39,493net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1255-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA
Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 11,030enrollment
  • $36,840net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1470SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
Muhlenberg College
M
Allentown, PA
Muhlenberg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,340enrollment
  • $33,603net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1340SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
Drexel University
D
Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 24,634enrollment
  • $38,025net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1390SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
P
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 28,673enrollment
  • $22,600net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA
Saint Joseph's University
S
Philadelphia, PA
Saint Joseph's University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,589enrollment
  • $35,242net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA
University of the Sciences
t
Philadelphia, PA
University of the Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,231enrollment
  • $34,888net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Penn State Main Campus
P
University Park, PA
Penn State Main Campus

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 46,810enrollment
  • $24,724net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1310SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Allegheny College
A
Meadville, PA
Allegheny College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,771enrollment
  • $24,227net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1360SAT 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
  • $30,421net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1350SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.65*Avg GPA
Elizabethtown College
E
Elizabethtown, PA
 
Elizabethtown College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,687enrollment
  • $28,198net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1290SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.5*Avg GPA
University of Scranton
S
Scranton, PA
University of Scranton

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 5,286enrollment
  • $36,235net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.37Avg GPA