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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania

43,372

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania

$42,343

Average
in-state tuition

$43,280

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

95 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,334
Acceptance rate: 38%
Average annual cost: $28,450
Average salary: $53,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

55 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Total undergraduates: 3,611
Acceptance rate: 31%
Average annual cost: $37,817
Average salary: $66,200
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

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 2019

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,382
Acceptance rate: 48%
Average annual cost: $32,468
Average salary: $54,800
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

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 2019

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,283
Acceptance rate: 34%
Average annual cost: $24,472
Average salary: $53,600
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

138 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,411
Acceptance rate: 45%
Average annual cost: $34,705
Average salary: $53,400
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

25 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Haverford College

Haverford, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,296
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $23,582
Average salary: $56,300
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

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 2019

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,594
Acceptance rate: 30%
Average annual cost: $26,148
Average salary: $67,500
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

164 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

Total undergraduates: 2,367
Acceptance rate: 48%
Average annual cost: $37,029
Average salary: $55,300
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

19 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,577
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $20,444
Average salary: $52,500
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Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

252 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania 2019

Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

Total undergraduates: 1,507
Acceptance rate: 78%
Average annual cost: $31,812
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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