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Number of
4-year colleges in Pennsylvania

495,942

Students attending
4-year colleges in Pennsylvania

$25,511

Average
in-state tuition

$27,006

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

32 US News

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,442
Acceptance rate: 39%
Average annual cost: $31,900
Average salary: $53,100
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

33 US News

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Total undergraduates: 3,740
Acceptance rate: 29%
Average annual cost: $34,339
Average salary: $66,200
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

25 US News
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Total undergraduates: 6,941
Acceptance rate: 21%
Average annual cost: $35,250
Average salary: $81,800
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

39 US News
Franklin & Marshall is a residential college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate liberal education. Its aims are to inspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative actio

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,440
Acceptance rate: 36%
Average annual cost: $23,182
Average salary: $53,600
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

46 US News

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,615
Acceptance rate: 42%
Average annual cost: $34,636
Average salary: $53,400
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

18 US News

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,326
Acceptance rate: 21%
Average annual cost: $21,144
Average salary: $56,300
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

36 US News
For more than 175 years, Lafayette has been known for a spirit of exploration that ignores boundaries, where faculty work with students across disciplines to tackle challenges and solve problems. The ability to make connections and think critically is paramount—on campus, off campus, and after graduation.

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,569
Acceptance rate: 28%
Average annual cost: $26,208
Average salary: $67,500
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

46 US News

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Total undergraduates: 5,337
Acceptance rate: 26%
Average annual cost: $27,478
Average salary: $77,200
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

3 US News

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,630
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,641
Average salary: $52,500
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Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

8 US News
Penn has a proud tradition of intellectual rigor and boundary-breaking innovation that lives on through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of its faculty, students, and staff.

Best colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Total undergraduates: 13,437
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $22,944
Average salary: $82,400
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

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