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Explore colleges and universities with a focus on what matters most - student success.

  • See what many families actually pay based on income.
  • Learn which schools excel at successfully graduating students.
  • Explore each school's most popular majors, including starting salaries.
  • View statistics on each school's student body such as diversity, the percentage of students receiving federal aid, and the percentage of students who don't return for their second year.

All data sourced from borrowers of federal student loans by the US Department of Education.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
10,507 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
97%
Average Cost
$25,046 per year
Percent Admitted
9%

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Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
1,435 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
95%
Average Cost
$20,813 per year
Percent Admitted
9%

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Haverford College

Haverford, PA
1,306 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
92%
Average Cost
$25,789 per year
Percent Admitted
18%

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Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
3,684 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Town

Large
Graduation Rate
90%
Average Cost
$43,895 per year
Percent Admitted
38%

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA
6,980 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Large
Graduation Rate
89%
Average Cost
$43,577 per year
Percent Admitted
31%

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Lafayette College

Easton, PA
2,489 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
89%
Average Cost
$32,926 per year
Percent Admitted
36%

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
6,539 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
88%
Average Cost
$36,775 per year
Percent Admitted
17%

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Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
5,191 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
88%
Average Cost
$34,384 per year
Percent Admitted
50%

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Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA
1,298 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
86%
Average Cost
$34,118 per year
Percent Admitted
38%

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Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA
2,242 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
84%
Average Cost
$30,911 per year
Percent Admitted
37%

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Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
1,899 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
84%
Average Cost
$32,250 per year
Percent Admitted
52%

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Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
2,044 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
84%
Average Cost
$29,936 per year
Percent Admitted
62%

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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA
2,507 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Small
Graduation Rate
83%
Average Cost
$27,936 per year
Percent Admitted
48%

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Grove City College

Grove City, PA
2,138 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Town

Small
Graduation Rate
82%
Average Cost
Not Available
Percent Admitted
78%

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University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, PA
19,154 undergrad students

Public

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
81%
Average Cost
$27,058 per year
Percent Admitted
64%

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Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA
1,267 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Town

Small
Graduation Rate
80%
Average Cost
$21,241 per year
Percent Admitted
67%

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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA
5,373 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
80%
Average Cost
$31,383 per year
Percent Admitted
77%

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University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
3,592 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
78%
Average Cost
$34,378 per year
Percent Admitted
79%

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Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA
1,485 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
78%
Average Cost
$30,206 per year
Percent Admitted
80%

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Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
4,217 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

City

Large
Graduation Rate
78%
Average Cost
$33,492 per year
Percent Admitted
80%

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Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA
2,473 undergrad students

Private

4 Year

Suburb

Small
Graduation Rate
77%
Average Cost
$26,864 per year
Percent Admitted
78%

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