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Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania by Academic Quality per Dollar

These are the Pennsylvania schools which appear on CollegeCalc's Best Value Colleges in America ranking and represent the colleges providing the finest education balanced against an affordable average net price. The best value in Pennsylvania ranking goes to University of Pennsylvania with a 99th percentile national academic rank for a comparatively affordable $22,694 average net price.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
Average Net Price College Rating $Value
$22,694
Average Net Price
1) University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
99 77
$22,557
Average Net Price
2) Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Private Not For Profit
98 77
$22,409
Average Net Price
3) Haverford College
Haverford, Private Not For Profit
97 76
$23,489
Average Net Price
4) University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, Public Not For Profit
85 72
$27,019
Average Net Price
5) Lafayette College
Easton, Private Not For Profit
93 71
$24,220
Average Net Price
6) Penn State Main Campus
University Park, Public Not For Profit
83 71
$27,848
Average Net Price
7) Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Private Not For Profit
94 70
$33,670
Average Net Price
8) Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Private Not For Profit
96 65
$33,127
Average Net Price
9) Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Private Not For Profit
94 64
$32,704
Average Net Price
10) Villanova University
Villanova, Private Not For Profit
91 64
$27,000
Average Net Price
11) Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Private Not For Profit
69 61
$35,610
Average Net Price
12) Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Private Not For Profit
88 59
$37,244
Average Net Price
13) Drexel University
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
68 45
$26,337
Average Net Price
14) Arcadia University
Glenside, Private Not For Profit
70 62
$30,461
Average Net Price
15) University of the Sciences
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
73 58