Pennsylvania Best Universities To Study
Looking for a top college in Pennsylvania? This ranking will serve as your go-to resource for high value, low cost schools in the state. And Pennsylvania has plenty to offer in terms of higher education – it provides easy access to city hot spots like New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and of course Pennsylvania, and it’s home to some of the best-ranked universities in the country, from the UPenn to Carnegie Mellon.
When thinking about where to go to college, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s no one, perfect choice for everyone. Not only that, but it might not be possible to find a college that checks off every last item on your wish list. That’s because the very best schools in terms of academics and athletics often unavoidably come with a higher price tag, or they sacrifice another want, like small class sizes. But even when it comes to compromising, there are some deals that are better than other. And that’s what we bring to you: a list of Pennsylvania colleges that provide a blend of affordability, accessibility, and quality that will appeal to most applicants.
They determined the ranking as follows:
Graduation Rate: Defined as the number of students who complete their degree within 150% of “normal time” (i.e. six years for a four-year program), graduation rate provides a good indication of a college’s ability to keep students on track and engaged during their studies. We collected this information from College Navigator and weighted it 25% of the total score.
Net Price: Unlike tuition, net price offers a more representative idea of what a student might pay for college. It takes into account everything from room and board expenses and cost of living to average scholarship and financial aid packages, and of course tuition (using in-state rates for public universities). We collected this information from College Navigator and weighted it 35% of the total score.
Acceptance Rate: This statistic indicates the percentage of students who were accepted to the university out of all those who applied. It is generally taken as an indicator of both the school’s selectivity and its popularity, as schools that receive more applications generally have lower acceptance rates, with some exceptions. We collected this information from College Navigator and weighted it 25% of the total score.
20-Year R.O.I.: “Return on Investment” refers to the amount of money a student will recoup after graduating college, determined by calculating the average salary of graduates and subtracting the four-year cost of tuition. This figure provides an approximation of how much money graduates from any particular university can expect to make in the 20 years after graduation, and serves as an accurate representation of the school’s career preparation abilities and students’ success post-grad. We collected this information from PayScale and weighted it 15% of the total score (weighted less than other categories because this information was not available for all colleges).
When all was said and done, we tallied the points and gave each school a score out of 200. No schools received a perfect score, and we wouldn’t expect them to (see the point about compromise above). But the following 30 colleges will undoubtedly bring you value: they all excel in various areas of academics, athletics, research, and extracurriculars, and more than half boast an annual net price less than $23,000 a year.