Top Rated Pennsylvania Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2022

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in Pennsylvania. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the highest ranked private college in Pennsylvania is University of Pennsylvania. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


46 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

1 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

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

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

Elizabethtown College
E
Elizabethtown, PA
 
Elizabethtown College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,881enrollment
  • $25,767net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Lebanon Valley College
L
Annville, PA
Lebanon Valley College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,959enrollment
  • $27,963net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1260SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA