The Best Pennsylvania Colleges

The Best Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Pennsylvania as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in Pennsylvania is University of Pennsylvania. The top rated public state college is University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


63 results

University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in America

  • 26,552enrollment
  • $24,167net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.9Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Haverford College
H
Haverford, PA
Haverford College

Private 4 Year

7 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,307enrollment
  • $25,215net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Swarthmore College
S
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#19 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,437enrollment
  • $20,360net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1395-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Carnegie Mellon University
C
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 13,519enrollment
  • $36,983net price
  • 17%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.85Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Lehigh University
L
Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 7,067enrollment
  • $29,098net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1433SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Lafayette College
L
Easton, PA
Lafayette College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,514enrollment
  • $28,735net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1440SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Bucknell University
B
Lewisburg, PA
Bucknell University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 3,726enrollment
  • $39,359net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Villanova University
V
Villanova, PA
Villanova University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 11,032enrollment
  • $38,303net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 4.23Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Muhlenberg College
M
Allentown, PA
Muhlenberg College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,067enrollment
  • $35,152net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Drexel University
D
Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 23,589enrollment
  • $39,463net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1380SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
P
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

  • 32,277enrollment
  • $22,346net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1243-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 4.11Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Saint Joseph's University
S
Philadelphia, PA
Saint Joseph's University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 6,779enrollment
  • $35,780net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1290SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of the Sciences
T
Philadelphia, PA
University of the Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 2,375enrollment
  • $31,497net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

Allegheny College
A
Meadville, PA
Allegheny College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,667enrollment
  • $26,376net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1350SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Penn State Main Campus
P
University Park, PA
Penn State Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

  • 46,810enrollment
  • $25,548net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Ursinus College
U
Collegeville, PA
Ursinus College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,493enrollment
  • $31,400net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1330SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Scranton
S
Scranton, PA
University of Scranton

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 4,957enrollment
  • $36,093net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1280SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 15

Duquesne University
D
Pittsburgh, PA
Duquesne University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 8,830enrollment
  • $32,408net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1270SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA