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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91University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$96,900
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,200
92King's College - Wilkes Barre, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$96,700
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,800
93East Stroudsburg University (ESU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$92,200
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
94Cedar Crest College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$91,900
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
95Mount Aloysius College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$81,900
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,200
96Lycoming College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$81,700
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,900
97Kutztown University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$81,400
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,500
98Lock Haven University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$76,700
Total 4 Year Cost$89,600
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
99Chestnut Hill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$76,000
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,200
100Delaware Valley College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$74,800
Total 4 Year Cost$193,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,100
101Edinboro University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$70,400
Total 4 Year Cost$83,800
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
102Mansfield University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$61,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,700
103Edinboro University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$58,200
Total 4 Year Cost$96,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
104University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$54,300
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,200
105Beaver College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$52,800
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000

*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.