Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania

There is no shortage of amazing colleges in Pennsylvania, but before you apply to one, consult PayScale's College ROI Report to find out which Pennsylvania colleges provide the best ROI to alumni.

Students attending Pennsylvania colleges can immerse themselves in the rich cultural and historical traditions of thriving cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  Read More

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46Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$214,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,500
47 (tie)DeSales University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$209,000
Total 4 Year Cost$193,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,100
47 (tie)Robert Morris University (RMU) - Moon Township, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$209,000
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
49Neumann University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$204,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,100
50 (tie)Dickinson College - Carlisle, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
50 (tie)West Chester University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$203,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,500
52 (tie)Susquehanna University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$198,000
Total 4 Year Cost$210,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,400
52 (tie)Wilkes University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$198,000
Total 4 Year Cost$191,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,500
54Gannon University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$197,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,200
55Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Altoona Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$196,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,000
56Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$195,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
57Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$188,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,500
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
58University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$181,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,700
59Misericordia University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$179,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,700
60Philadelphia University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$178,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The Keystone State is also home to stretches of the Appalachian Trail and many other beautiful natural areas. If you're planning on attending college in Pennsylvania, make sure you're getting a good value using PayScale's College ROI data.

Located just three miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University is made up of seven colleges and independent schools. CMU is home to one of the leading robotics research institutes in the country, and that's a skillset that is in higher demand than ever in today's economy. (News stories of companies like Uber poaching talent from CMU's student pool demonstrate just how valuable.) The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama is among the most highly ranked in the U.S. too. Numerous accomplished alumni, including several astronauts, eight Academy Award winners and more than 100 Emmy award winners, are graduates of the school.

The University of Pennsylvania is also a great investment for students who can get in. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, this prestigious Ivy League school was among the nine original Colonial Colleges. Located in West Philadelphia, UPenn's 279-acre campus is dominated by a Collegiate Gothic style. The alumni list includes Elon Musk, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Elizabeth Banks, Warren Buffet, John Legend, Dr. Oz, and Steve Wynn.