To identify the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2019 we averaged the results from the most respected college ranking systems (Niche.com + US News & World Report) from around the web to produce an entirely unique CollegeReviews Score for each school. And then ordered the schools based on that ranking. You won’t find a more exhaustive ranking of the best colleges and universities in Pennsylvania anywhere.

About The Best Colleges In Pennsylvania

There are nearly 500 colleges, universities and technical schools are located in Pennsylvania including the country’s first college, Dickinson College of Carlisle. The state is filled with history from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the state capital Harrisburg with Pittsburgh, Scranton, Lancaster, Allentown and Johnsontown adding to the mix.

The highly selective private options University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University and Lehigh University. Philadelphia-based University of Pittsburgh, Main and Temple University top the selection of public post secondary education institutions. Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus, or Penn State, is another popular public university and in addition to the main campus in the University Park area of State College.

There are 23 other campuses throughout the state. Because the school has so many campuses, enrollment tops 84,000 making it one of the top ten largest public universities in the country. The selection of Pennsylvania colleges is not without 2-year options either with a list of community colleges, technical schools and career colleges including Community College of Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College.

Regional Information about Pennsylvania

Regional Information About Pennsylvania
Major Cities: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg
Attractions: Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell, Hershey Park, Gettysburg National Park.
Cost of Living: Best Places Pennsylvania Cost of Living
Popular Schools: Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University.

About Our Methodology

Our methodology for determining the best colleges in Pennsylvania takes both editorial rankings from US News & World Report, Times Higher Education and combines it with student rankings from Niche.com. We weight student rankings higher giving them about a 80% weighted score vs editorial rankings. Thus creating a more accurate viewpoint of the best colleges in any given state.

  1. University of Pennsylvania
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  2. Swarthmore College
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  3. Carnegie Mellon University
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  4. Haverford College
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  5. Lehigh University
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  6. Bucknell University
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  7. Lafayette College
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  8. Bryn Mawr College
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  9. Penn State
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  10. Villanova University
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  11. University of Pittsburgh
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  12. Gettysburg College
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  13. Franklin & Marshall College
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  14. Temple University
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  15. Dickinson College
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  16. Drexel University
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  17. University of Scranton
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  18. Allegheny College
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  19. Duquesne University
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  20. Muhlenberg College
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