Best Pennsylvania Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania for 2022

There are 187 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania enrolling 634,853 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Pennsylvania below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 Pennsylvania is home to nationally ranked institutions like University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Carnegie Mellon University. The highest ranked college in Pennsylvania is University of Pennsylvania and the top rated public state college is University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus.

Local college options can be explored in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh or other cities.


187 results

List of the Best Pennsylvania Colleges

University of Pennsylvania
P
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 32,277enrollment
  • $22,346net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1243-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 4.11Avg Weighted GPA
Saint Joseph's University
S
Philadelphia, PA
Saint Joseph's University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 6,779enrollment
  • $35,780net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1290SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of the Sciences
t
Philadelphia, PA
University of the Sciences

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 1,667enrollment
  • $26,376net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1350SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Penn State Main Campus
P
University Park, PA
Penn State Main Campus

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges 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

#16 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

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