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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 Swarthmore College with a 98th percentile national academic rank for a comparatively affordable $20,444 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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania's Best Value Colleges by Academic Quality per Dollar
Average Net Price College Rating $Value
$20,444
Average Net Price
1) Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Private Not For Profit
98 79
$23,582
Average Net Price
2) Haverford College
Haverford, Private Not For Profit
97 75
$24,539
Average Net Price
3) University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
99 75
$22,848
Average Net Price
4) University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, Public Not For Profit
84 73
$26,148
Average Net Price
5) Lafayette College
Easton, Private Not For Profit
94 72
$26,933
Average Net Price
6) Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Private Not For Profit
95 71
$25,346
Average Net Price
7) Penn State Main Campus
University Park, Public Not For Profit
85 70
$29,817
Average Net Price
8) Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Private Not For Profit
97 69
$25,415
Average Net Price
9) Allegheny College
Meadville, Private Not For Profit
79 67
$35,491
Average Net Price
10) Villanova University
Villanova, Private Not For Profit
95 62
$37,817
Average Net Price
11) Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Private Not For Profit
93 59
$30,540
Average Net Price
12) Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Private Not For Profit
70 56
$31,812
Average Net Price
13) Ursinus College
Collegeville, Private Not For Profit
71 55
$37,029
Average Net Price
14) Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Private Not For Profit
81 54
$38,073
Average Net Price
15) Moore College of Art and Design
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
78 51
$33,444
Average Net Price
16) University of the Sciences
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
74 54