Best colleges in Pennsylvania

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Watch your university prospects rise with the sun each day

You can find "the sweetest place on Earth" right here in Pennsylvania. But, you'll need more than its famous Hershey Chocolate to get your college degree. If you're looking for top-ranked liberal arts colleges, a more-than-impressive public university system or a private university, come on over to Pennsylvania. You'll have 234 colleges and universities to choose from. Those who come to the Keystone State enjoy a wide variety of majors, with the arts and sciences taking the top spots. Graduates go on to start careers at successful companies, like 21st Century Media, EB Games, Kappa Publishing Group and many more.

On the weekends, students can explore the Pocono Mountains, Dutch country roads, and plenty of American history in Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Anything in Philly is great, but it's always good to step off the beaten path from time to time. Start with Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, with their Beer Menu Bible. of course, be sure to develop your own cheesesteak addiction by hanging out at Pat's, Geno's or Jim's. Go hoarse cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles or the 76ers, or get lost in a chocolate dream at Hershey Park. Pennsylvania is ready to welcome anyone looking to revolutionize the way they see the world while getting a great education at the same time.

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Best Four Year Universities in Pennsylvania

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

Swarthmore College offers 89 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 395 students graduated with students earning 395 Bachelor's degrees.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
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University of Pennsylvania offers 362 degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 8,071 students graduated with students earning 4,030 Master's degrees, 2,730 Bachelor's degrees, 1,206 Doctoral degrees, and 105 Certificates.

Carnegie Mellon University offers 330 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 4,957 students graduated with students earning 3,103 Master's degrees, 1,487 Bachelor's degrees, 322 Doctoral degrees, and 45 Certificates.

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Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Haverford College offers 39 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 321 students graduated with students earning 321 Bachelor's degrees.

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University offers 201 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,794 students graduated with students earning 1,145 Bachelor's degrees, 536 Master's degrees, 107 Doctoral degrees, and 6 Certificates.

Lafayette College
Easton, PA

Lafayette College offers 39 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 615 students graduated with students earning 615 Bachelor's degrees.

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University offers 80 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 882 students graduated with students earning 864 Bachelor's degrees, and 18 Master's degrees.

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

Bryn Mawr College offers 55 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 495 students graduated with students earning 334 Bachelor's degrees, 82 Master's degrees, 71 Certificates, and 8 Doctoral degrees.

Franklin and Marshall College offers 42 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 542 students graduated with students earning 542 Bachelor's degrees.

Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Villanova University offers 208 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3,532 students graduated with students earning 1,801 Bachelor's degrees, 1,304 Master's degrees, 223 Doctoral degrees, 202 Certificates, and 2 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Pennsylvania

Orleans Technical College
Philadelphia, PA

Orleans Technical College offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 315 students graduated with students earning 310 Certificates, and 5 Associate's degrees.

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The Workforce Institute's City College offers 3 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 9 students graduated with students earning 8 Associate's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

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Rosedale Technical College offers 11 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 255 students graduated with students earning 162 Associate's degrees, and 93 Certificates.

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Triangle Tech Inc-Greensburg offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 66 students graduated with students earning 66 Associate's degrees.

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Erie Institute of Technology Inc offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 102 students graduated with students earning 80 Certificates, and 22 Associate's degrees.

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Commonwealth Technical Institute offers 14 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a small suburb. In 2019, 143 students graduated with students earning 92 Certificates, and 51 Associate's degrees.

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Triangle Tech Inc-Sunbury offers 3 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 42 students graduated with students earning 42 Associate's degrees.

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Bidwell Training Center Inc offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 88 students graduated with students earning 75 Certificates, and 13 Associate's degrees.

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Triangle Tech Inc-Dubois
Falls Creek, PA

Triangle Tech Inc-Dubois offers 3 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 79 students graduated with students earning 79 Associate's degrees.

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Laurel Business Institute offers 19 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a small suburb. In 2019, 143 students graduated with students earning 96 Certificates, and 47 Associate's degrees.

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List of all colleges in Pennsylvania

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Swarthmore College Logo Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
5/5
7 : 1 1,594
University of Pennsylvania Logo University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
5/5
18 : 1 26,675
Carnegie Mellon University Logo Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
5/5
11 : 1 14,180
Haverford College Logo Haverford College Haverford, PA
5/5
8 : 1 1,317
Lehigh University Logo Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
5/5
13 : 1 6,953
Lafayette College Logo Lafayette College Easton, PA
5/5
10 : 1 2,662
Bucknell University Logo Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
5/5
9 : 1 3,697
Bryn Mawr College Logo Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
5/5
11 : 1 1,723
Franklin and Marshall College Logo Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
5/5
8 : 1 2,315
Villanova University Logo Villanova University Villanova, PA
5/5
15 : 1 10,848
Dickinson College Logo Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
5/5
9 : 1 2,133
Gettysburg College Logo Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
5/5
10 : 1 2,370
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Logo University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
4/5
18 : 1 32,686
Muhlenberg College Logo Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
5/5
12 : 1 2,251
Allegheny College Logo Allegheny College Meadville, PA
5/5
12 : 1 1,775
Curtis Institute of Music Logo Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia, PA
2/5
43 : 1 173
University of the Sciences Logo University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
5/5
14 : 1 2,285
Juniata College Logo Juniata College Huntingdon, PA
5/5
13 : 1 1,429
Ursinus College Logo Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
5/5
12 : 1 1,472
Orleans Technical College Logo Orleans Technical College Philadelphia, PA   29 : 1 292

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