Pennsylvania Best Colleges Comparison

View the Pennsylvania Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In Pennsylvania Statistics

There are 387 colleges in Pennsylvania - 96 public and 291 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $22,923 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $22,309. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,118 and the average acceptance rate is 74% for Pennsylvania Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in Pennsylvania. You may want to check more statistics and compare all Pennsylvania colleges at Pennsylvania Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In Pennsylvania Statistics
Top 20 colleges in PennsylvaniaAll colleges in Pennsylvania
Number of Schools20 schools
(4 public, 16 private)
387 schools
(96 public, 291 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$17,401 (in-state)
$49,657 (out-of-state)
$14,028 (in-state)
$22,923 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$23,453 (in-state)
$31,113 (out-of-state)
$19,462 (in-state)
$22,309 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$29,444$10,309
Test Scores1,308 SAT, 30 ACT 1,118 SAT, 24 ACT
Acceptance Rate55.20% 73.72%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)28.35% 41.12%
Population206,716751,844
Undergraduate145,315597,096
Graduate61,401154,748
Graduation Rate82.95%63.98%
Transfer-out Rate8.14%18.33%
Students to Faculty Ratio10.35 to 113.11 to 1

Top Colleges In Pennsylvania Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in Pennsylvania for academic year 2019-2020. University of Pennsylvania ranked top in the Pennsylvania Best Colleges Comparison and Swarthmore College and Carnegie Mellon University follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $49,657 for undergraduate programs $31,113 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in Pennsylvania is 1,308 and the acceptance rate is 55.20%. The average students to faculty ratio is 10.35 to 1 for top colleges in Pennsylvania. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in Pennsylvania Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 University of Pennsylvania
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Private, 4 yearsPhiladelphia, PA
$61,710 $44,232 26,5529% 1,515 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
2 Swarthmore College
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Private, 4 yearsSwarthmore, PA
$56,056 $51,088 1,4379% 1,468 SAT
33 ACT
7 to 1
3 Carnegie Mellon University
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Private, 4 yearsPittsburgh, PA
$58,924 $36,928 13,51917% 1,510 SAT
34 ACT
5 to 1
4 Lehigh University
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Private, 4 yearsBethlehem, PA
$57,470 $43,288 7,06750% 1,347 SAT
31 ACT
9 to 1
5 Haverford College
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Private, 4 yearsHaverford, PA
$61,210 $50,162 1,30718% 1,440 SAT
34 ACT
8 to 1
6 Lafayette College
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Private, 4 yearsEaston, PA
$57,114 $42,748 2,51436% 1,345 SAT
31 ACT
9 to 1
7 Villanova University
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Private, 4 yearsVillanova, PA
$59,020 $32,435 11,03231% 1,390 SAT
32 ACT
11 to 1
8 Bucknell University
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Private, 4 yearsLewisburg, PA
$59,802 $33,809 3,72638% 1,340 SAT
30 ACT
9 to 1
9 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
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Public, 4 yearsUniversity Park, PA
$35,514
($18,450)
$6,928 46,81076% 1,190 SAT
27 ACT
14 to 1
10 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
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Public, 4 yearsPittsburgh, PA
$35,394
($20,362)
$12,750 32,27764% 1,332 SAT
30 ACT
14 to 1
11 Bryn Mawr College
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Private, 4 yearsBryn Mawr, PA
$56,320 $39,737 1,63438% 1,405 SAT 8 to 1
12 Drexel University
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Private, 4 yearsPhiladelphia, PA
$57,136 $25,373 23,58977% 1,280 SAT
28 ACT
11 to 1
13 Saint Joseph's University
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Private, 4 yearsPhiladelphia, PA
$47,940 $25,084 6,77980% 1,195 SAT
26 ACT
11 to 1
14 Muhlenberg College
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Private, 4 yearsAllentown, PA
$55,830 $32,069 2,06762% 1,260 SAT
29 ACT
9 to 1
15 Elizabethtown College
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Private, 4 yearsElizabethtown, PA
$34,600 $16,715 1,88186% 1,180 SAT
23 ACT
12 to 1
16 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College
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Public, 4 yearsErie, PA
$24,916
($15,206)
$6,084 4,31289% 1,165 SAT 13 to 1
17 Duquesne University
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Private, 4 yearsPittsburgh, PA
$43,526 $22,575 8,83077% 1,195 SAT
26 ACT
13 to 1
18 Ursinus College
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Private, 4 yearsCollegeville, PA
$56,600 $36,269 1,49380% 1,240 SAT
28 ACT
11 to 1
19 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
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Public, 4 yearsMiddletown, PA
$25,600
($15,586)
$6,147 4,93388% 1,170 SAT 15 to 1
20 University of Scranton
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Private, 4 yearsScranton, PA
$48,462 $24,463 4,95779% 1,190 SAT
26 ACT
12 to 1
Average$49,657
($17,401)
$29,444 206,71655.20% 1,308 SAT
29.5294 ACT
10.35 to 1
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All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020