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149 Colleges
14,731 Yearly Graduations
$80,308 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$31,614 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 14,731 students received a nursing degree from a college in Pennsylvania, making it rank #9 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $20,077 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $23,118 a year.

An estimated 73% of college students in Pennsylvania take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,903 per year.

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#1

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,073 Yearly Degrees
$54,516 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,634 students at Drexel in total, 15,724 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 13,942 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Drexel. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Roughly 61% of students at Drexel take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,480 a year. Drexel has a 3.1% 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 $53,400 during the early-career years.

#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
530 Yearly Degrees
$57,770 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Pennsylvania is 25,860, of which 11,851 students are undergraduates and of those, 10,605 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at UPenn is 98%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Only 9% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Roughly 13% of students at UPenn take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,842 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UPenn is $71,600.

#3

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
526 Yearly Degrees
$41,715 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,786 students at Thomas Jefferson University in total, 3,550 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,941 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

73% of Thomas Jefferson University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,547 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Thomas Jefferson University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $69,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$8,085 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,222 full-time undergraduates at HACC, and 18,081 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 57% of students at HACC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,938 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,800 during the early-career years.

#5

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
420 Yearly Degrees
$29,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,693 undergraduates at PA College, of which 489 are full-time, and there are 1,800 students altogether. For undergraduates at PA College, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 13% of accepted students are men, and 87% are women.

Roughly 80% of students at PA College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $13,389 a year. PA College has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from PA College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $49,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
411 Yearly Degrees
$35,644 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,250 undergraduates at Gwynedd - Mercy, of which 1,898 are full-time, and there are 3,056 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Gwynedd - Mercy is 4.2 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 22% are men and 78% are women.

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,308 a year. Gwynedd - Mercy has a 4.6% 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 Gwynedd - Mercy is $46,000.

#7

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
353 Yearly Degrees
$37,622 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,455 undergraduates at Wilkes, of which 2,212 are full-time, and there are 5,132 students altogether. For undergraduates at Wilkes, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 51% are men and 49% are women.

76% of Wilkes students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,615 a year. Wilkes has a 5.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Wilkes with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
334 Yearly Degrees
$31,040 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Holy Family University is 3,089, of which 2,069 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,562 are full-time. It takes the average Holy Family undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 71% of students who apply get accepted. Around 27% of accepted students are men, and 73% are women.

81% of Holy Family students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,335 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Holy Family is $40,400.

#9

Community College of Allegheny County

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
333 Yearly Degrees
$8,125 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,354 full-time undergraduates at CCAC, and 16,086 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 29% of students at CCAC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,107 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CCAC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
331 Yearly Degrees
$55,280 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,030 students at Villanova in total, 6,917 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,565 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Villanova is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 36%. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

46% of Villanova students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,578 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $62,600 during the early-career years.

#11

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
316 Yearly Degrees
$39,992 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Duquesne University is 9,274, of which 6,013 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,896 are full-time. For undergraduates at Duquesne, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

75% of Duquesne students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,425 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Duquesne is $48,700.

#12

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
305 Yearly Degrees
$19,718 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,330 undergraduates at Pitt, of which 18,421 are full-time, and there are 28,673 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 60%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

56% of Pitt students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,386 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,500 during the early-career years.

#13

California University of Pennsylvania

California, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
287 Yearly Degrees
$11,108 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,172 undergraduates at Cal U, of which 4,210 are full-time, and there are 7,310 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,223 a year. Cal U has a 7.4% 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 $32,300 during the early-career years.

#14

Widener University

Chester, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
252 Yearly Degrees
$47,328 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,621 students at Widener in total, 3,367 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,915 are full-time. It takes the average Widener undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Approximately 82% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $12,295 a year. Widener has a 4.0% 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 $45,300 during the early-career years.

#15

Carlow University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
222 Yearly Degrees
$30,528 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Carlow University is 2,076, of which 1,333 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,071 are full-time. It takes the average Carlow undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 14% of accepted students are men, and 86% are women.

Approximately 96% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,420 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,700 during the early-career years.

#16

Delaware County Community College

Media, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
201 Yearly Degrees
$9,560 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Delaware County Community College is 11,314, which includes 3,083 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,854 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Delaware County Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
201 Yearly Degrees
$13,988 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,346 undergraduates at Penn State World Campus, of which 2,564 are full-time, and there are 14,458 students altogether. It takes the average Penn State World Campus undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,197 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,100 during the early-career years.

#18

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
185 Yearly Degrees
$10,421 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 17,527, of which 14,567 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,060 are full-time. For undergraduates at WCUPA, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,307 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from WCUPA with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
177 Yearly Degrees
$13,354 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,373 undergraduates at IUP, of which 8,583 are full-time, and there are 11,483 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

81% of IUP students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,465 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from IUP is $31,600.

#20

Robert Morris University

Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
176 Yearly Degrees
$31,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Robert Morris University is 4,895, of which 4,005 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,683 are full-time. For undergraduates at RMU, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Roughly 78% of students at RMU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,618 a year. RMU has a 4.5% 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 $38,400.

#21

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
172 Yearly Degrees
$31,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at La Salle University is 5,191, of which 3,904 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,363 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at La Salle is 4.1 years.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly 81% of students at La Salle take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,056 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from La Salle is $43,200.

#22

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
170 Yearly Degrees
$18,450 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 46,810 students at Penn State University Park in total, 40,363 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 39,321 are full-time. It takes the average Penn State University Park undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 50% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

48% of Penn State University Park students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,942 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Penn State University Park with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
169 Yearly Degrees
$17,160 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,378 full-time undergraduates at Penn College, and 5,322 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Penn College is 4.4 years.

Approximately 76% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $11,366 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Penn College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
169 Yearly Degrees
$11,149 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,937 undergraduates at Clarion University, of which 3,127 are full-time, and there are 4,864 students altogether. It takes the average Clarion University undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 78% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,158 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Clarion University is $30,600.

#25

Pennsylvania State University - Abington

Abington, Pennsylvania
Public Public vs. Private
168 Yearly Degrees
$14,532 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pennsylvania State University - Abington is 3,746, which includes 3,283 full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Penn State Abington, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at Penn State Abington take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,445 a year. Penn State Abington has a 4.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Penn State Abington with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Pennsylvania Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 164
27 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 159
28 Immaculata University 153
29 DeSales University 148
30 Lancaster County Career and Technology Center 143
31 Lehigh Carbon Community College 139
31 York College of Pennsylvania 139
33 Moravian College 133
34 Mount Aloysius College 131
35 St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing 130
36 Chatham University 128
37 Neumann University 125
37 University of Scranton 125
39 Montgomery County Community College 120
40 Westmoreland County Community College 117
41 Waynesburg University 116
41 Temple University 116
43 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Shadyside School of Nursing 115
44 Northampton County Area Community College 105
45 Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences 100
46 Gannon University 99
47 Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center 98
47 Misericordia University 98
49 Community College of Philadelphia 97
49 Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown 97
51 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 95
52 Aria Health School of Nursing 92
52 Luzerne County Community College 92
54 Alvernia University 90
55 Lock Haven University 89
56 Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School 82
57 Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing 81
58 Mercyhurst University North East Campus 79
59 Community College of Beaver County 78
60 Citizens School of Nursing 77
61 Lenape Technical School Practical Nursing Program 73
62 Cedar Crest College 69
63 Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing 68
64 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology 67
64 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 67
66 Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit LPN Career 66
67 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 64
68 Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 59
68 DLP Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center 59
68 Bucks County Community College 59
71 Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology 57
71 Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County 57
73 Delaware County Technical School-Practical Nursing Program 56
74 Butler County Community College 55
75 Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program 53
75 Pennsylvania State University - Fayette - Eberly Campus 53
77 Joseph F McCloskey School of Nursing at Schuylkill Health 52
78 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 51
79 PITC Institute 50
80 Pittsburgh Technical College 49
81 Reading Area Community College 48
81 Pennsylvania State University - Altoona 48
83 Wilson College 46
84 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College 45
84 Venango County Area Vocational Technical School 45
86 Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing 44
86 Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center 44
86 Washington Hospital School of Nursing 44
86 Messiah University 44
90 Eastern University 41
91 La Roche College 40
91 St Margaret School of Nursing 40
93 Clearfield County Career and Technology Center 39
93 Mercy Hospital School of Nursing 39
93 Schuylkill Technology Center 39
93 Falcon Institute of Health And Science 39
97 Sharon Regional School of Nursing 38
98 Franklin County Career and Technology Center 37
99 Marywood University 36
100 Chester County Intermediate Unit 35
101 Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology 34
102 Lincoln University 33
103 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg 32
104 Saint Francis University 31
104 Great Lakes Institute of Technology 31
104 Saint Vincent College 31
104 Northern Tier Career Center 31
104 Somerset County Technology Center 31
109 Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton 30
110 University of Pittsburgh - Bradford 29
111 Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center 28
111 York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing Education 28
113 Western Area Career & Technology Center 27
114 Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology 26
114 Fortis Institute - Scranton 26
116 Penn Commercial Business/Technical School 25
117 Indiana County Technology Center 23
118 Pennsylvania State University - Mont Alto 21
118 Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing 21
118 Jameson Health System 21
121 Mercyhurst University 18
121 Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center 18
121 Clarion County Career Center Practical Nursing Program 18
121 Pennsylvania State University - Shenango 18
125 Crawford County Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program 16
125 Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington 16
125 Jefferson County Dubois Area Vocational Technical Practical Nursing Program 16
125 Fortis Institute - Erie 16
129 Mercer County Career Center 15
130 Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing 14
130 Greene County Career and Technology Center 14
130 Pennsylvania State University - Schuylkill 14
133 Harcum College 12
133 Commonwealth Technical Institute 12
135 University of Pittsburgh - Titusville 11
136 Westminster College Pennsylvania 0
136 Forbes Road Career and Technology Center 0
136 Hazleton Area Career Center 0
136 Seton Hill University 0
136 Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton 0
136 Pennsylvania State University - Berks 0
136 Pennsylvania State University - York 0
136 Lackawanna College 0
136 Geneva College 0
136 Saint Joseph’s University 0
136 Pennsylvania State University - Beaver 0
136 Central Penn College 0
136 Health and Technology Training Institute 0
136 Pennsylvania State University - Wilkes - Barre 0

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