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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61Juniata College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$177,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,400
62Millersville University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$176,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,400
63Geneva College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$174,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700
64Lebanon Valley College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$168,000
Total 4 Year Cost$200,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,200
65 (tie)Lincoln University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$167,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,200
65 (tie)Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Altoona Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$167,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,000
67Messiah College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$164,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,200
68Eastern University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$163,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,300
69Albright College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$161,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000
70Slippery Rock University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$158,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
71Allegheny College - Meadville, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$155,000
Total 4 Year Cost$213,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,800
72Saint Francis University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$150,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,500
73Clarion University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$149,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,800
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
74Lincoln University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$146,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,200
75Slippery Rock University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$144,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600

*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.