Pennsylvania’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges

Below is the complete listing of the 27 colleges and universities included in NerdWallet’s study of Pennsylvania’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges.

NerdWallet Ranking School Net-Price Graduation Rate Loan Default Rate Forbes Ranking Overall score
1 Swarthmore College $20,427 94.6% 1.6% 6 87.00
2 University of Pennsylvania $20,592 95.8% 1.7% 11 86.50
3 Haverford College $21,449 92.4% 0.7% 43 82.20
4 Lehigh University $24,510 86.9% 1.9% 70 67.60
5 Pennsylvania State University, University Park $21,342 86.7% 6.1% 93 67.00
6 Bryn Mawr College $25,791 87.3% 1.6% 40 67.00
7 Lafayette College $25,963 87.9% 1.3% 48 66.70
8 Franklin and Marshall College $24,005 84.5% 2.5% 86 65.80
9 University of Pittsburgh $20,076 78.7% 3.9% 193 63.80
10 Juniata College $23,814 75.7% 0.6% 178 59.40
11 Gettysburg College $27,591 84.6% 0.4% 113 57.60
12 Villanova University $28,835 90.5% 1.6% 79 56.80
13 Saint Vincent College $16,645 72.6% 4.9% 372 55.40
14 Dickinson College $27,871 83.9% 3.4% 104 52.00
15 Carnegie Mellon University $32,054 87% 1.2% 42 50.30
16 Allegheny College $25,140 80.4% 5.5% 181 48.60
17 Duquesne University $24,148 73.1% 2.3% 332 42.60
18 Elizabethtown College $25,065 79% 2.6% 333 41.60
19 Ursinus College $26,859 80% 3.2% 263 41.40
20 Messiah College $24,600 74.1% 1.9% 347 41.30
21 Lebanon Valley College $24,984 72.7% 3.7% 318 38.80
22 Susquehanna University $25,564 77.1% 2% 394 35.90
23 Washington & Jefferson College $25,561 73.8% 3.3% 353 35.60
24 Muhlenberg College $32,692 85.6% 1.1% 216 34.70
25 University of Scranton $29,475 77.1% 2.5% 290 32.30
26 Saint Joseph’s University $34,856 75.8% 3.5% 227 20.20
27 Drexel University $34,660 68.1% 3.6% 364 7.20