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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106Lock Haven University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$43,600
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
107La Roche College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,900
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
108Chatham University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,700
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,500
109Thiel College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$34,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,200
110Cheyney University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$20,100
Total 4 Year Cost$94,200
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
111Washington Bible College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$14,800
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,400
112Marywood University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$13,500
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,500
113Seton Hill University - Greensburg, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$5,800
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
114Mercyhurst College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$3,900
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
115Cheyney University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$1,800
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
116University of the Arts (UArts) - Philadelphia, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($10,800)
Total 4 Year Cost$227,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$48,500
117University of Pittsburgh - Bradford Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI($22,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
118Moore College of Art and Design(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($41,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$53,600
119Baptist Bible College and Seminary - Clarks Summit, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($55,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
120Valley Forge Christian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($63,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,500

*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.