Pennsylvania has a remarkable number of excellent colleges and universities that vary greatly in size, personality and mission. The schools on my list were chosen based on a variety of factors: curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, four- and six-year graduation rates, selectivity and student engagement. Some of the schools won't come as a surprise. The University of Pennsylvania
made my list of the country's best universities
, and both Haverford
are on my list of the best liberal arts colleges
. Other schools on the list may be less familiar. See who made the cut: Top Pennsylvania Colleges
Ursinus College Tower
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My list doesn't do justice to the rich selection of colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Is there a college or university that I've left off the list that you think should be on it? If so, feel free to leave your recommendations in the college admissions forum.