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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania

67,779

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania

$38,088

Average
in-state tuition

$39,737

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

95 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

55 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

118 Forbes
Dickinson College was created explicitly for high purposes- to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society.

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,422
Acceptance rate: 43%
Average annual cost: $34,409
Average salary: $54,800
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

92 Forbes
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

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

138 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

25 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

56 Forbes
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.

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

164 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,535
Acceptance rate: 48%
Average annual cost: $36,679
Average salary: $55,300
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

19 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

252 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2018

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,576
Acceptance rate: 82%
Average annual cost: $31,537
Average salary: $53,700
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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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