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79 Colleges
$104,453 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$32,076 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly nursing graduations, Pennsylvania is ranked #10 in the country with 11,574 degrees handed out in 2021. Pennsylvania colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $26,113 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $28,482 per year.

An estimated 65% of college students in Pennsylvania take out loans, with the average loan amount being $8,019 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$58,965 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
62% Freshmen Loans

There are 14,616 undergraduates at Drexel, of which 13,156 are full-time, and there are 23,589 students altogether. Drexel has a freshman retention rate of 90%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,701 a year. Drexel has a 0.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $69,511 during the early-career years.

#2

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$44,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
61% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Thomas Jefferson University is 8,286, of which 3,783 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,216 are full-time. For undergraduates at Thomas Jefferson University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Of the accepted students, 24% are men and 76% are women.

Roughly 61% of students at Thomas Jefferson University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,030 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Thomas Jefferson University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $58,562 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$63,452 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
11% Freshmen Loans

There are 11,155 undergraduates at UPenn, of which 9,960 are full-time, and there are 26,552 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at UPenn is 98%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

This a very selective school with only 6% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

11% of UPenn students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,510 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $90,173 during the early-career years.

#4

Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
$19,835 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

#5

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$30,821 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
68% Freshmen Loans

There are 1,848 undergraduates at PA College, of which 668 are full-time, and there are 2,011 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 49%. Of the accepted students, 12% are men and 88% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $11,734 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $61,417 during the early-career years.

#6

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
$8,565 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
45% Freshmen Loans

There are 15,376 students at HACC in total, 4,172 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,162 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,179 during the early-career years.

#7

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$45,376 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
57% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Duquesne University is 8,830, of which 5,383 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,292 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Duquesne is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

57% of Duquesne students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $11,390 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Duquesne is $60,449.

Public Public vs. Private
$21,080 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
52% Freshmen Loans

There are 32,277 students at Pitt in total, 23,157 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 18,298 are full-time. For undergraduates at Pitt, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

52% of Pitt students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,709 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,812 during the early-career years.

#9

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
$8,563 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
18% Freshmen Loans

There are 4,317 full-time undergraduates at CCAC, and 13,217 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

18% of CCAC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,353 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CCAC is $31,527.

#10

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$32,558 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
71% Freshmen Loans

There are 2,138 undergraduates at Holy Family, of which 1,848 are full-time, and there are 3,087 students altogether. It takes the average Holy Family undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Roughly 71% of students at Holy Family take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,620 a year. Holy Family has a 1.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $53,142 during the early-career years.

#11

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$37,791 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
75% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Gwynedd Mercy University is 2,737, of which 1,990 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,553 are full-time. It takes the average Gwynedd - Mercy undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Around 23% of accepted students are men, and 77% are women.

Roughly 75% of students at Gwynedd - Mercy take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,877 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gwynedd - Mercy is $58,861.

#12

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$61,618 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
35% Freshmen Loans

There are 11,032 students at Villanova in total, 7,037 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,793 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Villanova. The freshman retention rate is 96%.

About 25% of students who apply get accepted. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

35% of Villanova students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $11,028 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $81,607 during the early-career years.

#13

Widener University

Chester, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$51,639 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
77% Freshmen Loans

There are 6,150 students at Widener in total, 2,912 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,633 are full-time. For undergraduates at Widener, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 85%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

77% of Widener students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,191 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Widener with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $57,497 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$41,112 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
84% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Wilkes University is 4,781, of which 2,243 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,996 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Wilkes is 4.2 years.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

84% of Wilkes students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $11,703 a year. Wilkes has a 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $56,243 during the early-career years.

#16

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$33,890 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
56% Freshmen Loans

There are 4,624 students at La Salle in total, 3,293 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,823 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,959 a year. La Salle has a 2.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from La Salle with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $53,623 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
$10,527 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
53% Freshmen Loans

There are 14,712 undergraduates at WCUPA, of which 13,056 are full-time, and there are 17,719 students altogether. It takes the average WCUPA undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 34% are men and 66% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,305 a year. WCUPA has a 1.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $50,063 during the early-career years.

#19

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
$12,262 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
61% Freshmen Loans

There are 6,454 undergraduates at Millersville, of which 5,096 are full-time, and there are 7,456 students altogether. For undergraduates at Millersville, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 61% of students at Millersville take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,217 a year. Millersville has a 1.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $43,260 during the early-career years.

#20

DeSales University

Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$42,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
71% Freshmen Loans

There are 3,302 students at DeSales in total, 2,398 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,930 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at DeSales is 5.0 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

71% of DeSales students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,594 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DeSales is $52,248.

Public Public vs. Private
$11,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
72% Freshmen Loans

There are 10,037 students at IUP in total, 8,002 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,053 are full-time. It takes the average IUP undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at IUP take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,503 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from IUP with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,806 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Delaware County Community College

Media, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
$10,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
51% Freshmen Loans

The total student population at Delaware County Community College is 9,989, which includes 2,478 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,690 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,065 during the early-career years.

#24

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$33,767 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
66% Freshmen Loans

There are 4,134 students at RMU in total, 3,312 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,070 are full-time. For undergraduates at RMU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

66% of RMU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,697 a year. RMU has a 1.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from RMU is $49,836.

#25

Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
$50,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State
76% Freshmen Loans

There are 2,605 students at Moravian in total, 1,997 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,859 are full-time. For undergraduates at Moravian, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

76% of Moravian students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,699 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Moravian with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,722 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Pennsylvania Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
27 Waynesburg University 122
27 Mount Aloysius College 122
29 Luzerne County Community College 121
30 Lehigh Carbon Community College 119
31 Pennsylvania College of Technology 118
32 Lock Haven University 112
33 Misericordia University 111
33 Chatham University 111
35 University of Scranton 110
36 Community College of Philadelphia 109
37 Westmoreland County Community College 107
38 Alvernia University 102
38 Gannon University 102
40 Immaculata University 95
41 Temple University 93
42 Mercyhurst University 91
43 Carlow University 90
44 Cedar Crest College 83
45 Northampton County Area Community College 82
46 Community College of Beaver County 79
47 Neumann University 76
48 Bucks County Community College 73
49 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 72
50 Montgomery County Community College 70
51 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 66
52 Wilson College 60
53 PITC Institute 54
54 Eastern University 49
54 Pittsburgh Technical College 49
56 Messiah University 47
57 Marywood University 46
58 Butler County Community College 43
59 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 40
60 University of Pittsburgh - Bradford 37
61 La Roche University 31
62 Saint Vincent College 30
63 Saint Francis University 24
64 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 23
65 Fortis Institute - Scranton 19
65 Reading Area Community College 19
65 Harcum College 19
68 Lincoln University 16
69 Harrisburg University of Science and Technology 12
70 Westminster College Pennsylvania 10
71 University of Pittsburgh - Titusville 7
72 Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 4
73 Lackawanna College 1
73 King’s College 1
73 Geneva College 1
76 Seton Hill University 0
76 Elizabethtown College 0
76 Central Penn College 0
76 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 0

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