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Top Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges 2017 tool. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
67
OVERALL SCORE
99.92
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Drexel University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
84
OVERALL SCORE
99.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Clarks Summit University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
47%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
97.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 California University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
64%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
97.44
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Temple University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
95.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
92.08
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
7 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
45%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
91.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 DeSales University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
30%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
87.29
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Duquesne University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
15%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
86.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
86.57
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
11 Lancaster Bible College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
85.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 West Chester University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
84.09
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 University of Scranton Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
17%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
83.73
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
14 Westmoreland County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
44
OVERALL SCORE
79.73
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
78.97
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
77.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
17 Wilkes University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
76.81
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Misericordia University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
76.21
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Gannon University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
74.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
20 Cairn University-Langhorne Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
73.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
69.94
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Pittsburgh Technical Institute Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
78%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
69.5
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
23 Carlow University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
49%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
66.86
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Immaculata University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
66.66
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Lehigh University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
66.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
26 Muhlenberg College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
64.82
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 Cedar Crest College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
64.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
63.46
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
29 Waynesburg University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
5%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
62.31
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Northampton County Area Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
62.03
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Bucks County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
17
OVERALL SCORE
61.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Lebanon Valley College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
60.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Central Penn College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
70%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
59.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Montgomery County Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
58.99
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 La Salle University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
58.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
36 Seton Hill University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
56.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 Saint Joseph's University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
21
OVERALL SCORE
56.55
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Carnegie Mellon University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
55.91
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
39 Alvernia University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
55.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Robert Morris University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
54.95
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 Cabrini University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
54.75
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Neumann University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
53.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Holy Family University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
9%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
53.39
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Messiah College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
53.19
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
45 Villanova University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
52.75
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
46 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
14%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
51.91
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
47 Point Park University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
51.15
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
50.79
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
49 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
14
OVERALL SCORE
49.24
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    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 Mercyhurst University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
4%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
48.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — in this case, for the 2015-16 school year — we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using the final 2015-16 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,