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Top Pennsylvania Colleges

19 of the Top Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania


Top Ranked Colleges: Universities | Public Universities | Liberal Arts Colleges | Engineering | Business | Women's | Most Selective

Pennsylvania has some of the best colleges in the country. Students will find top-ranked liberal arts colleges, public universities, and private universities. The 19 top colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

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Allegheny College

Allegheny College
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Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College
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Bucknell University

Bucknell University
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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museum and Library
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Dickinson College

Dickinson College
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Franklin and Marshall College

Franklin and Marshall College
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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College
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Grove City College

Grove City College
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  • Location: Grove City, Pennsylvania
  • Enrollment: 2,499 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private Christian liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the country's top conservative colleges; excellent value; impressive retention and graduation rates; chapel requirement for all students 
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Grove City College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for GCC

Haverford College

Haverford College Path
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Juniata College

Juniata College - Halbritter Performing Arts Center
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  • Location: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Enrollment: 1,526 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: private liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 14; no traditional majors but "programs of emphasis"; 30% of students design their own majors; main campus is complemented by a large nature preserve and environmental studies field station
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Juniata College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Juniata

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