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The Best Colleges in Pennsylvania Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Pennsylvania as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Pennsylvania ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Pennsylvania is University of Pennsylvania.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Pennsylvania
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Pennsylvania 20 14 8
2 Swarthmore College 24 19 14
3 Haverford College 30 47 36
4 Carnegie Mellon University 19 56 75
5 Lehigh University 88 70 76
6 Bryn Mawr College 50 144 74
7 Villanova University 89 130 58
8 Bucknell University 97 94 47
9 Lafayette College 87 95 68
10 Muhlenberg College 201 275 85
11 Penn State Main Campus 202 308 77
12 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus 98 522 166
13 Allegheny College 237 765 152
14 University of the Sciences 284 543 427
15 Ursinus College 258 1,082 153
16 Duquesne University 359 891 247
17 Drexel University 163 1,110 342
18 Messiah College 257 1,058 232
19 University of Scranton 333 997 194
20 Elizabethtown College 331 964 165
21 Saint Joseph's University 311 1,060 209
22 Arcadia University 437 582 503
23 Saint Vincent College 571 583 250
24 Westminster College 531 893 234
25 Philadelphia University 570 521 613
26 Lebanon Valley College 438 922 248
27 DeSales University 486 963 319
28 Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 569 1,028 208
29 Geneva College 529 795 343
30 Eastern University 611 709 376
31 Lycoming College 612 647 300
32 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 572 796 346
33 Saint Francis University 487 1,031 447
34 Penn State Harrisburg 387 1,270 478
35 Penn State Dubois 654 1,271 558
36 Penn State Erie Behrend College 439 1,370 402
37 Gannon University 528 1,139 401
38 Misericordia University 568 1,113 446
39 Wilkes University 532 999 615
40 Cedar Crest College 731 603 876
41 York College Pennsylvania 657 827 560
42 Penn State Mont Alto 784 996 803
43 Wilson College 975 495 768
44 Widener University Main Campus 705 677 736
45 Delaware Valley University 732 708 703
46 Robert Morris University 616 1,239 587
47 Point Park University 656 676 877
48 Marywood University 935 995 504
49 University of Pittsburgh Bradford 785 394 950
50 University of Pittsburgh Johnstown 704 1,030 586

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.