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
Average Net Price
1) Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Private Not For Profit
98 79
Average Net Price
2) Haverford College
Haverford, Private Not For Profit
97 75
Average Net Price
3) University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
99 75
Average Net Price
4) University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, Public Not For Profit
84 73
Average Net Price
5) Lafayette College
Easton, Private Not For Profit
94 72
Average Net Price
6) Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Private Not For Profit
95 71
Average Net Price
7) Penn State Main Campus
University Park, Public Not For Profit
85 70
Average Net Price
8) Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Private Not For Profit
97 69
Average Net Price
9) Allegheny College
Meadville, Private Not For Profit
79 67
Average Net Price
10) Villanova University
Villanova, Private Not For Profit
95 62
Average Net Price
11) Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Private Not For Profit
93 59
Average Net Price
12) Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Private Not For Profit
70 56
Average Net Price
13) Ursinus College
Collegeville, Private Not For Profit
71 55
Average Net Price
14) Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Private Not For Profit
81 54
Average Net Price
15) Moore College of Art and Design
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
78 51
Average Net Price
16) University of the Sciences
Philadelphia, Private Not For Profit
74 54